A Museum Dedicated to Writers Is Slated to Open in Chicago

Kirstin Fawcett

Recovering English majors everywhere, rejoice: The first and only national museum dedicated to America’s greatest authors is slated to open in Chicago in 2017.

The American Writers Museum recently announced that it has signed a 10-year lease at 180 North Michigan Avenue—right in the heart of downtown Chicago, and only steps away from attractions like the Chicago Cultural Center, the Arts Institute of Chicago, and Millennium Park.

The Museum has been in the works for several years, but until now, it hadn’t found a permanent home. Construction will begin in the next few months, although the museum still has to raise $5 million before the end of 2016 to ensure its completion for the following year.

The American Writers Museum will celebrate books, but don’t expect it to feel like a library. Organizers plan to offer interactive exhibits, educational programs, and themed galleries devoted to our country’s most influential scribes. Learn more details about the institution's features—and its future—in the video above.

All images courtesy of YouTube

[h/t DNAinfo Chicago, The Guardian]