Upcoming Events in Downtown Chicago

The American Writers Museum offers unique events throughout the year for children, families and adults looking for things to do in downtown Chicago. New events are added regularly, so come back often to check for updates, or click here to sign up for program updates.

RSVP if you are interested in a program, as space is often limited. AWM Members receive advanced information on public events, invitations to members-only events, and more. Discounted group rates are available for programs, inquire today.

January 2020
Isabel Ibanez at the American Writers Museum on January 21

My America: Isabel Ibañez

In conjunction with AWM's special exhibit My America: Immigrant and Refugee ...
21 Jan
6:30 pm
American Writers Museum Readers Hall
180 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL
Julissa Arce book reading and signing at the American Writers Museum on January 23

My America: Julissa Arce

In conjunction with AWM’s special exhibit My America: Immigrant and Refugee ...
23 Jan
6:30 pm
American Writers Museum Readers Hall
180 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL
Father and young daughter read in the Children's Gallery

Little Squirrels Storytime

Every Saturday, AWM welcomes preschool-age children in its Children’s Literature Gallery. Read books, play with other children, and hear a story from the museum’s dedicated volunteers. ...
25 Jan
10:30 am
American Writers Museum Children's Literature Gallery
180 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL
February 2020
Father and young daughter read in the Children's Gallery

Black History Month Storytime

Every Saturday, AWM welcomes preschool-age children in its Children’s Literature Gallery. Read books, play with other children, and hear a story from the museum’s dedicated volunteers. ...
01 Feb
10:30 am
American Writers Museum Children's Literature Gallery
180 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL
Layla Saad reads and discusses her work at the American Writers Museum on February 5

My America: Layla Saad

In conjunction with our special exhibit My America: Immigrant and ...
05 Feb
6:30 pm
American Writers Museum Readers Hall
180 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL

Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond The Mask

Join us for a screening of the documentary "Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond The Mask" followed by a discussion led by the filmmaker Frederick Lewis. ...
06 Feb
6:30 pm
American Writers Museum Readers Hall
180 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL
Father and young daughter read in the Children's Gallery

Black History Month Storytime

Every Saturday, AWM welcomes preschool-age children in its Children’s Literature Gallery. Read books, play with other children, and hear a story from the museum’s dedicated volunteers. ...
08 Feb
10:30 am
American Writers Museum Children's Literature Gallery
180 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL
Danez Smith presents their new poetry collection "Homie" at the American Writers Museum on February 11

Danez Smith: The Homies Tour

Poet DANEZ SMITH and friends present Smith’s news collection Homie. Rooted in the loss of one of Smith’s close friends, this book comes out of the search for joy and intimacy within a nation where both can seem scarce and getting scarcer. ...
11 Feb
American Writers Museum Readers Hall
180 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL
Nicholas Buccola presents his book The Fire Is Upon Us at the American Writers Museum on February 13

Nicholas Buccola: The Fire Is Upon Us

Writer Nicholas Buccola presents his new book The Fire Is Upon Us, which shows how the iconic clash between the civil rights firebrand James Baldwin and the father of modern conservatism William F. Buckley, Jr. continues to illuminate America's racial divide. ...
13 Feb
6:30 pm
American Writers Museum Readers Hall
180 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL
David Treuer book reading and signing at the American Writers Museum on February 14

My America: David Treuer

In conjunction with our special exhibit My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today, join us for an evening with bestselling author DAVID TREUER, an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. Treuer's latest work, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, is a sweeping history -- and counter-narrative -- of Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre to the present and was a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award. ...
14 Feb
6:30 pm
American Writers Museum Readers Hall
180 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL
Father and young daughter read in the Children's Gallery

Black History Month Storytime

Every Saturday, AWM welcomes preschool-age children in its Children’s Literature Gallery. Read books, play with other children, and hear a story from the museum’s dedicated volunteers. ...
15 Feb
10:30 am
American Writers Museum Children's Literature Gallery
180 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL
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