Central location grants visitors and locals easy access to first museum in United States
dedicated to American writers, past and present
AWM Press Conference Speakers (back row left to right): Alderman Edward Burke, AWM Vice- Chair Hill Hammock, AWM President Malcolm O’Hagan, AWM Exhibit Designer Andy Anway of Amaze Design (front row left to right): AWM Executive Director Nike Whitcomb, AWM Board Member and Donor S. Leigh Pierson Conant, AWM Donor and wife of AWM Chairman Mary Joy Stead, and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle
(CHICAGO – October 27, 2015) – The American Writers Museum (AWM) has leased a prime space at 180 North Michigan Avenue, one of Chicago’s busiest blocks, for its early 2017 opening.
The location’s proximity to hotels, residential buildings, universities, cultural attractions, Millennium Park, and public transportation provides a vibrant home for the first and only museum to engage the public in celebrating American writers and their influence on our history, our identity, our culture, and our daily lives.
Showcasing the personal stories and literary works of diverse American writers, from Mark Twain to Dr. Seuss, the interactive, high-tech museum is expected to draw up to 120,000 visitors annually. The museum’s esteemed curating team and National Advisory Council are working closely with internationally renowned museum and exhibit companies in the museum’s development. AWM is also collaborating with 50 authors’ homes and museums around the U.S. – now AWM Affiliates – that will support its mission with author-specific knowledge and expertise and foster an exchange of ideas and experiences.
AWM will be a strong addition to the city’s diverse landscape of museums and cultural institutions, says Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “I enthusiastically support the efforts to place a national writers museum in Chicago,” he says. “Such a museum will complement the rich offerings of the city’s theaters, museums, libraries, and musical activities and adds significantly to Chicago’s vitality.”