American Writers Museum
180 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 60601
In the heart of downtown Chicago, the American Writers Museum is the first and only national museum honoring American writers and their work, with interactive exhibits and programs that celebrate the past, promote the present and inspire the future of writing in the United States.
The American Writers Museum was created to celebrate the writers and their work. Exhibits showcase the writers who helped shape our history – writers of novels, song lyrics, poetry, plays, speeches, comics, journalism, humor, and more. The museum is a modern, interactive place with sights, sounds, scents, touchscreens, and original installations.
Our programs with award-winning and bestselling authors promote today’s writers, by bringing them together with their readers. These events take readers beyond the page, to hear from their favorite authors about their books, their impact, the writing process, and the subjects they write about.
There’s something for everyone, from children’s storytimes and author talks to literary cocktail tastings.
Find Your Words!
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: $14 – Adults, $9 – Seniors (65+), $9 – Students (w/ valid ID), Children (ages 12 & younger) Free.
Program Admission: $10
Special offer: $5 off museum admission
Seniors (65+), students and seniors (with valid ID) always receive $5 off admission to the American Writers Museum. Regular rate $14. Special exhibits included. Children ages 12 and under are free.
Special offer: 15% off retail items 11/27-30
For Museum Store Sunday, the American Writers Museum is offering throughout that whole weekend (Nov. 27 — Nov. 30) a discount of 15% off retail items in the online shop with code AWMShop15.
Special offer: 25% off Event Rentals at AWM
Book your next special event at the American Writers Museum between now and December 25 and get 25% off! This discount applies to all events, even those scheduled for 2021 and beyond. Special pricing is available for events scheduled for 2020.
Health and Safety Group Amenities
Health & Safety Policy URL View Policy
Health Screening Required-Staff
CDC Recommended Cleaning Procedures
Hand Wash/Sanitizer Stations
Social Distancing Guidelines Enforced
Reduced Occupancy/Occupancy Limits
General Facility Details
Motorcoach Parking Off-site
Average Visit/Tour Length 30-60 minutes
Team Building Activities Offered
Maximum Group Number 50
Group Discounts Available
Facility Meeting Space Details
Minimum Size for Group Admission Rate 15
Miles from O'Hare Airport 17.5
Miles from Midway Airport 12.8
Miles from Navy Pier 1.2
Miles from McCormick Place 2.6
Miles from Downtown 0.6
Student Group Friendly
Public Space Wi-Fi Available
Number of Retail Stores
Hours of Operation Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Buy-out Max Capacity 250
Preferred Catering Providers
Total Square Footage of Exhibit Space 11000
Number of Meeting Rooms 5
Largest Room, Theater Capacity 100
Largest Room, Reception Capacity (Standing) 150
Largest Room, Banquet Capacity (Seated) 60
Exhibit Space Available
On-site Audio/Visual Equipment
Complete Buy-out Available
Max Capacity, Theater Style 90
Max Capacity, Reception Style (Standing) 250
Max Capacity, Banquet Style (Seated) 60
Video Conferencing Available
Max Venue Capacity 250
Private Meeting Space Available
Private Dining Available
Group Breakfast Available
Box Lunches Available