Chicago will be getting a new museum in 2017, and its venue will be unique to the United States: the first museum to speak about American writers as a group. The American Writers Museum will be located at 180 N. Michigan Avenue, at Michigan and Lake Street.
This museum will be an excellent way for anyone to get the equivalent exposure to American Literature that one might normally get in a college survey course. Which 150 books by American authors are the ones that cannot be missed? That is the question...
The organizers are hoping for annual attendance at 120,000 annual entries for its early years, and it will occupy a space of 11,000 square feet. Donations are currently being accepted to help cover the costs of installation and the first three years of operating costs. To get involved, visit the museum website.
Steve Johnson, "New American Writers Museum is slated to open in 2017 on Michigan Avenue" Chicago Tribune (October 27, 2015).
The American Writers Museum (http://americanwritersmuseum.org).