where every event tells a story

The American Writers Museum is your next Chicago event space. Located on the the famed Michigan Avenue, our state-of-the-art event spaces bring private events to life against the backdrop of the history of American writings, providing a truly unique experience. Private events held in the museum have exclusive access to all exhibits and guests can enjoy food and drink while exploring the museum. Like a good book, your guests won’t want the event to end!

With various rooms and seating options, we can accommodate a range of events – party room rentals, seated dinners in our Nation of Writers gallery, cocktail receptions in Readers Hall, intimate corporate breakfast meetings, indoor wedding venue, and more. 


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Group Experiences

Our Group Sales team is ready to assist you with discounted group admission, tours, and corporate team building activities to make your group’s daytime visit memorable. For more information, please visit our Group Experiences page here. Add-ons include meeting room space in the building, drop-off catering, and after hours availability for events.

author talks / book signings

Are you an author interested in asking us to host an event? The AWM Program Department hosts author events which are typically in coordination with publishers. If interested in proposing a program partnership, please send an email with some details about the proposed program to

Children's Literature Gallery at the American Writers Museum set up for a baby shower with tables and stools. Photo by Carasco Photography.

Children’s Literature Gallery set up for a baby shower. Photo by Carasco Photography.

Seated dinner in Readers Hall at the American Writers Museum. Large round tables are set with formal place settings in white and red with floral centerpieces. Photo by Carasco Photography.

Seated dinner in Readers Hall. Capacity 60. Photo by American Writers Museum.

Theatre style seating set up in Readers Hall at the American Writers Museum. Photo by Carasco Photography.

Theatre style in Readers Hall. Capacity 100. Photo by Carasco Photography.

A long table set for a dinner event at the American Writers Museum in Chicago

Seated dinner in A Nation of Writers Gallery. Capacity 60. Photo by Carasco Photography

A cocktail event at the American Writers Museum in which 2 tables are set up in the Nation of Writers gallery

A Nation of Writers Gallery, set up as a party room rental. Capacity of cocktail reception in the entire museum: 250. Photo by Carasco Photography.

A long table with yewllow floral centerpieces, a floral tablecloth, and gray and silver table settings set up for a private event at the American Writers Museum

Seated dinner in Meijer Changing Gallery. Capacity 20. Photo by Carasco Photography.

  • Performing Arts/Film Screening
  • Class/Educational Programming
  • Author Talk and Book Signing
  • and More!

The museum space is so inspirational – our speakers were thrilled to be presenting in the museum, and the event went smoothly thanks to [the staff’s] patience and skill.

– Elizabeth Clark, Juvenile Justice Initiative

Had a private event during the week. The staff were so professional, the food was scrumptious, and the exhibits are so powerful. A must for anyone in the area.

– Griselda Rodríguez, Deans for Impact

The location/venue was so great. The food was incredible, and the staff was top notch. It was an absolute perfect night.

– Jake Bucher, Dominican University

Chicago Event Space Details


Cocktail reception in the entire museum: 250
Theatre style: 100
Seated dinner in Readers Hall: 60
Seated dinner in A Nation of Writers: 60
Seated dinner in Meijer Changing Gallery: 20


Early mornings: $1500/hr.
Events can be scheduled in blocks of 2, 3, or 4 hours.
Event up to 3 hours ……………………….. $3,500
Event up to 4 hours ……………………….. $4,500

Non-profit and special circumstances pricing
is available upon request. 


All facility rentals include the use of:
• Ten (10) sleek black highboy tables (linens not included)
• Up to one hundred (100) theatre-style chairs
• Three (3) coat racks with metal hangers
• Podium with a wireless PA system
• Handheld and Lavalier microphones
• Six (6) black stanchions
• Use of nine (9) television monitors
• Six (6) 66″ round tables (linens not included)
• Four (4) 6-ft folding tables (linens not included)
• Four (4) high-top chairs with backs, ideal for programming discussions

AV equipment for additional charge: 3 PTC-140ND Cameras, an RMC-300A camera controller, and a PC running VMix video production and streaming software. Inquire for more information and costs. 

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