M: closed
T, W, F, Sa, Su: 10 - 5
Th: 10 - 8

Adult: $12
Senior/Student: $8
Children (under 12): Free
AWM Voted #1 Best Attraction in Illinois 
in USA Today 10Best Contest

Thank you to everyone who voted for the American Writers Museum as the Best Attraction in Illinois! We are thrilled to have won this prestigious award, and we could not have done it without your support!

 See all 10 best attractions in Illinois here
Roger Ebert Inducted into the 
Chicago Literary Hall Of Fame

The American Writers Museum was proud to host the ceremony inducting Roger Ebert into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame. Ebert's widow, Chaz, accepted the award on behalf of her husband. The AWM would like to thank Don Evans, Steve James, Richard Roeper, Rick Kogan, Milos Stehlik, Bruce Elliot, Pamela Sherrod Anderson, Laura Emerick, Kevin Pollack, Rashada Dawn, and all of our patrons who attended this exciting event.

To see coverage of the event, click here
Bill Kurtis Visits the AWM

Renowned journalist Bill Kurtis visited the Museum last month, and shared his thoughts on the experience:

"I was blown away by the museum.
The visual displays were truly a new chapter in
museum interactive displays.

They were fun and informative."
American Writers Museum 
September Events 

Tuesday, September 5, 5 p.m.
Tuesday First Books: Augustus Rose 
The Readymade Thief
Free w/ museum admission or
$5 suggested donation for event

Tuesday, September 12, 10:30 a.m.
Children's Author Storytime: Ruth Spiro
Preschool-age children w/ caregiver. Free,
museum admission not included.

Wednesday, September 13, 5 p.m.
Surprise Bookshelf: Joyce Maynard
The Best of Us
Free w/ museum admission or
$5 suggested donation for event.

Saturday, September 16, 6 p.m.
The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Members Only pre-event reception: RSVP here
Non-member event, $5 suggested donation RSVP here.

Thursday, September 21, 5 p.m.
Surprise Bookshelf: Nancy Cavanaugh
Elsie May Has Something to Say
Free w/ museum admission or
$5 suggested donation for event.

Friday, September 29, 5:30 p.m.
60 Years "On the Road"
Free admission, limited space.
Thursday, September 7, 5 p.m.
Surprise Bookshelf: Elise Paschen 
The Nightlife
Free w/ museum admission or
$5 suggested donation for event. 

Tuesday, September 12, 6:30 p.m.
Workshop: Resistance Writing
$75 per session, 6 sessions

Thursday, September 14, 5 p.m.
Surprise Bookshelf: Douglas A. Wissing
Hopeless But Optimistic
Free with museum admission or 
$5 suggested donation for event.

Monday, September 18, 6:30 p.m.
Literature and Libations
Hosted by the Chicago Public Library Foundation
$30 online/$35 at the door.

Wednesday, September 27, 7:30 p.m.
Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards
with the Guild Literary Complex
$8 at the door.
See more upcoming events
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Members enjoy free admission to the museum, 15% off at the museum shop, invitations to members-only events, and more! Find the membership level that suits you best, and 
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You can also join the AWM as a Donor Society for special benefits such as: family membership, free admission, recognition in the Annual Report, special event invitations, and more! 
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The American Writers Museum Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Federal Tax ID Number 27-1822749). All donations made to the Museum are fully tax deductible.

American Writers Museum in the News

The American Writers Museum thanks those that feature us in their publications. This month, we are happy to share this recent coverage.
ABC 7 covered the induction of Roger Ebert into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.

BustlePoets & Writers, The Jewish Chronicle, the  Boston Globe, and others also included us in their publications!

Upcoming Events with American Writers Museum Affiliates
Check out our Affiliate sites when planning for your Fall Break! Be sure to check out events at our Affiliated author homes and museums across the country. 

We are proud to share that our Affiliate, the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, won 6th Best Attraction in Missouri in USA Today 10Best's Missouri Attractions Contest!
AWM has 72  Affiliates throughout the United States. Click here to see hours of operation and exciting events they have coming up in September.
Happy Birthday to W.S. Merwin!

On Friday, September 29th, in celebration of his 90th birthday, The Merwin Conservancy presents an evening in tribute to U.S. Poet Laureate, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, translator, environmentalist, and 40-year Maui resident W.S. Merwin, whose peerless literary gifts have inspired millions and have consistently broken new ground in the world of poetry. The evening will feature a tribute to Merwin and readings of his poetry led by celebrated poet Edward Hirsch of the Guggenheim Foundation and Merwin's longtime editor, Michael Wiegers of Copper Canyon Press. The State of Hawaii will also be present, issuing a Gubernatorial Proclamation proclaiming September 30, 2017 as "W.S. Merwin Day" in Hawaii and presenting Merwin with a special Gubernatorial Commendation for his life-long achievements.  

You can honor W.S. Merwin's legacy by visiting Palm: All Awake in the Darkness, an immersive installation inspired by the life and poetry of W.S. Merwin, at the AWM and writing a poem or birthday wish which will be sent to him before being "planted" in his famous palm garden. This installation was created by Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris, in collaboration with Ian Boyden. The installation ends this fall, so visit soon!

Join the AWM at Wedtoberfest

We are giving away 2 free pairs of tickets to Wedtoberfest! 
Contact us to enter your name to win!
With an evening of beer & bubbly,  Wedtoberfest  is an alternative wedding show that includes all the fun of a beer festival. Attendees will receive a commemorative tasting glass at the beginning of the event and tickets to enjoy beverage flights and pints from the featured breweries. They also offer some other boozy drinks for those who appreciate more than just craft beer.

The American Writers Museum will be at Booth 32 at Wedtoberfest on September 21 at 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave.  Stop by for an evening of fun and inspiration, and learn more about hosting your wedding events at the Museum!
Celebrate the Holidays at the  AWM

Looking for an exciting, contemporary, and unique event space for your holiday parties? 
Look no further than the AWM, which can be rented out in its entirety. 
In addition to the interactive, dynamic exhibits which will be open exclusively for your event, the Museum offers the following to renters:
  • Convenient location in the Loop, close to home, but far from ordinary!
  • Sliding-scale rental fees for a variety of group sizes and budgets (discounted rates for donors of $500 or more)
  • Flexible seating options for small groups, or larger gatherings up to 250
  • AV available, including microphones, monitors, and a podium with a wireless PA system
  • Use of in-house chairs, highboys, coat racks, and folding tables included in facility rental
The museum is available to rent after business hours Sunday-Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and anytime on Mondays. Events can be scheduled in time blocks of 2, 3 or 4 hours.

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The mission of the American Writers Museum is to engage the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture, and our daily lives.

American Writers Museum
180 N. Michigan Avenue,
2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60601

Hours of Operation

M : Closed
T, W, F, Sa, Su: 10 - 5
Th: 10 - 8

American Writers Museum
Executive Offices
180 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 505
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 374-8790

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