The American Writers Museum is a national museum celebrating writers located in Chicago

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Writers Museum will be closed until it is safe to reopen.

Here at the American Writers Museum, the safety and health of our visitors and employees is of the utmost importance. Which is why in light of the COVID-19 situation and recommendations from health agencies, we will be closed until those agencies deem it safe for us to gather together again. All programs and events scheduled during this time will also be cancelled and all program tickets will be refunded.

We will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and all communications from the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As this is an evolving situation, be sure to check our online calendar for the most up-to-date information regarding programs and events. We will also make announcements on social media, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Don’t worry though! Here’s what you can do in the meantime:

  • Follow us on social media because we will continue to post new blogs, videos and other content from our exhibits and programs. We’ll bring the American Writers Museum to you!
  • Check out our Reading Recommendations to bolster your to-read list. We have a lot of great lists featuring many different kinds of writers and books to choose from.
  • Write! What better time than now to put a dent in that novel you’ve been working on that’s just begging to be finished. Here’s some writing motivation and inspiration for you.


As a young and growing institution, we rely on your support and involvement. If you have considered making a special gift to the AWM, it would make a huge difference during this unprecedented time. Make a contribution today.

Learn more about Covid-19

We hope you take the time to educate yourself about COVID-19 and follow all hygienic practices and recommendations from these organizations.