American Writers Museum
Fancy some motivation to pen your own novel? Or just a reminder to read a book more often (step away from your Instagram!)? Then Chicago’s brand-new attraction is for you.
The American Writers Museum has given the nation a fitting place to celebrate its inspiring literature, and honour its influence on the wider world. And as the birthplace of iconic writer Ernest Hemingway, the Windy City is the perfect location for this literary attraction.
Surprisingly, it’s the first museum in the US dedicated to American writers, sharing the stories of talents past and present. The permanent collection includes exhibits on hometown writers, national names, and a children’s literature gallery, charting the development of a distinctive American voice in writing. Don’t miss the animated Word Waterfall, and the Surprise Bookshelf, a wall of illuminated boxes which feature hidden text, sounds and even smells, bringing to life famous quotes, speeches and poems. Readers can even rank their favourite reads, and print custom bookmarks.
Temporary exhibitions include Palm: All Awake in the Darkness (until 6 Oct), an immersive, tropical garden installation channelling the work of Buddhist-influenced American poet W.S.Merwin, who created a contemplative palm garden in Hawaii. The Beat Journey: Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (until 27 Oct) explores the 1947 road trip across America and Mexico and stream-of-consciousness writing method behind this much-loved Beat Generation classic, first published in 1957. Write on!
American Writers Museum / 2/F / 180 N Michigan Ave / The Loop / +1 312 374 8790 / 10am-5pm Tue-Wed & Fri-Sun, until 8pm Thu / americanwritersmuseum.org