Attention, bookworms of the world: Get ready to plan the nerdiest and most delightful vacation of your book-loving dreams. Grab your book club besties and your to-go containers of wine (wine in a can and DIY wine gummies, anyone?) and start planning your field trip now to the Windy City. On May 16, Chicago will welcome the United States’ first museum dedicated to American writers and literature.
No longer will you have to go to far-flung cities to see exhibits on your favorite writers. The American Writers Museum will present some of the greatest literary writers of the US, all under one roof. What makes this museum special — aside from having a creative, book-centered mission — is that the exhibits will be interactive. Rather than hosting dusty artifacts, the exhibits will offer cool, interactive tech and literary events, so visitors can fully immerse themselves in the lives of their favorite wordsmiths. After all, the new museum’s mission is to “to engage the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture, and our daily lives,” according to its website.
The family-friendly museum will also feature a children’s literature gallery, so your little bookworms can join you in the celebration of all things literary, and perhaps, discover their love of reading. As the museum’s official HQ, Chicago writers will also get a special, permanent exhibit.
The museum, which is set to open at 180 N. Michigan Ave., will be a welcome addition to Chicago’s long list of illustrious institutions, like the Chicago Cultural Center, the Chicago Symphony Center, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Amaze Design, the same design team from the National Museum of African American History and Culture, is tackling the museum’s layout, so it’s safe to say this one is going to be a winner. Be sure to visit the museum when it opens on May 16, and check out the museum’s website for more information on how you can get tickets, attend events, and more.
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(h/t Architectural Digest; featured photo via Getty)