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American Writers Museum


180 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 60601

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Your Place to Connect! Learn more about your favorite writers and discover new ones at the American Writers Museum, the only museum of its kind in the nation. Take an interactive, inspirational, and surprising journey through more than 400 years of American writing of all genres. Featuring fun and interactive exhibits for readers and writers of all ages, such as vintage typewriters, a Word Waterfall, word games and a Surprise Bookshelf that includes sounds, smells, videos and dioramas.

Experience this gem of a museum, located in the heart of downtown Chicago! Special exhibits included with general admission.

Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday – Monday. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Admission: $16 – Adults, $10 – Seniors (65+), $10 – Students & Teachers (w/ valid ID), Children (ages 12 & younger) and Members Free.

Special offer: Discounted Group Admission

Experience the American Writers Museum with groups of 10 or more, including adults, student travel groups, and university students, and receive discounted admission. Adults $12/person, Seniors & Students $8/person. Guided or unguided tours available.

Services Offered

Wheelchair Accessible

Student Tours

Motorcoach ParkingOff-site

Average Visit/Tour Length30-60 minutes

Team Building Activities Offered

Maximum Group Number50

Group Discounts Available

Attraction Pass Partner

Minimum Size for Group Admission Rate10

Miles from O'Hare Airport17.5

Miles from Midway Airport12.8

Miles from Navy Pier1.2

Miles from McCormick Place2.6

Miles from Downtown0.6




American Express

Student Group Friendly

Special Interest Tours Offered

Public Space Wi-Fi Available

ADA Compliant

Self-Parking AvailableOff-site

Number of Retail Stores

Hours of OperationThursdays through Mondays from 10 am to 5 pm, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


Military Discount

Buy-out Max Capacity250

Preferred Catering Providers

Total Square Footage of Exhibit Space11000

Number of Meeting Rooms5

Largest Room, Theater Capacity100

Largest Room, Reception Capacity (Standing)150

Largest Room, Banquet Capacity (Seated)60

Exhibit Space Available

On-site Audio/Visual Equipment

In-house/Exclusive Caterer(s)

Complete Buy-out Available

Max Capacity, Theater Style90

Max Capacity, Reception Style (Standing)250

Max Capacity, Banquet Style (Seated)60

Video Conferencing Available

Max Venue Capacity250

Private Meeting Space Available

Private Dining Available

Group Menu

Group Breakfast Available

Box Lunches Available

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American VoicesMind of a Writer Gallery - Featured Works tablesMind of a Writer Gallery - Story of the DayChildren's Literature GallerySurprise BookshelfChildren's Literature GalleryNation of Writers Gallery - Word WaterfallMind of a Writer Gallery - Word PlayNation of Writers - Surprise BookshelfChicago Gallery

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