American Writer’s Museum Comes to Chicago in May (Artist Renderings, Photos)


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Mark your calendars for May 16th! That’s when the American Writer’s Museum, the first of its kind in this country, opens up in Chicago. The date is one day prior to the 117th anniversary of the first publication of Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” an event that occurred right here in Chicago.

The AWM will be located on the heart of Chicago’s “Cultural Mile” on 180 N. Michigan Avenue. It will be just steps from numerous cultural attractions, including: the Art Institute of Chicago, Millenium Park (“The Bean”), Chicago Cultural Center, Joffrey Ballett, Theatre District, Chicago Architecture Foundation and much much more.


The American Writer’s Museum will be more than just a celebration of local scribes, as it will honor legendary authors from coast to coast. Today saw civic and museum leaders outline the vision of the facility. AWM leadership and anticipate they’ll attract upwards of 100,000 visitors per year.

“This is not the last chapter in Chicago’s literary legacy, but the next chapter,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who spoke at the lectern first this morning (video below)

I enthusiastically support the efforts to place a national writer’s museum in Chicago,” said Emanuel.

“Such a museum will complement the rich offerings of the city’s theaters, museums, libraries and musical activities and add significantly to Chicago’s vitality.”

It will be the kind of museum that focus less on rare historical artifact, and more on high tech amenities and visitor interactivity.

There will be exhibits entitled The Mind of a Writer, A Writers Room, and Word PlayReaders Hall will host films, talks, readings, and presentations to school and other groups.

We have photos of artist renderings of the forthcoming exhibition halls below:

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The museum is privately financed, having met more than $8.5 million of its $10 million goal. Heavy Donors include Meijer, Wintrust Financial and law firm Mayer Brown. According to the official website of the American Writer’s Museum, visitors will come face-to-face with great writers using their zip codes in Writers Hall; accompany roving writers such as Kerouac and Steinbeck on their literary travels; and “visit” writershomes and fictional sites, such as “Tara,” “Cannery Row,” and “The House of the Seven Gables” in Nation of Writers.

The museum will be open from 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Sunday, and on Thursday open until 8pm.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports, partnered with FOX Sports Engage Network. and News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times and Bold, contributes regularly to the Chicago Tribune’s RedEye publication, CGTN America, WGN CLTV News and KOZN

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