Chicago is set to get a new museum in 2017.
The American Writers Museum announced Tuesday that it plans to occupy a $6.5 million space in the second floor of a building at 180 N. Michigan Ave. in downtown Chicago.
The museum will showcase personal stories and literary works from American writers like Mark Twain and Dr. Seuss. It will feature themed galleries, interactive exhibits, educational programs and special events.
The museum will allow visitors to “come face-to-face with great writers,” accompany writers on literary travels, “visit” writers’ homes and fictional sites and offer games, films, talks, readings and presentations.
We are thrilled to have found the perfect space in the heart of downtown Chicago, just steps from the city’s major attractions,” AWM founder and President, Malcolm E. O’Hagan, said in a statement. “The American Writers Museum will become a beloved attraction for Chicago residents and visitors from all over the world, and will provide an exciting and unprecedented opportunity to showcase true Americana in one of the nation’s most culturally rich cities.”
Officials estimate the museum, which is said to be the first and only museum of its kind, will draw up to 120,000 visitors annually.
“I enthusiastically support the efforts to place a national writers museum in Chicago,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. “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.”
The museum is expected to open in early 2017.