The American Writers Museum
America’s first Nutella Cafe opened at 189 North Michigan this year, but across the street is a much more nutritious experience—feed your mind instead of your belly—at the American Writers Museum, which opened in May. The sprawling space contains both interactive and physical literature. The Gallery of 100 American Voices represents Native American storytelling but also Thomas Jefferson, Sojourner Truth, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, John Steinbeck, Ralph Ellison and Eudora Welty. Typewriters are arrayed on a table so visitors can feel what it was like to write before computers were invented. And, of course, Chicago writers are well represented—Ida B. Wells, Nelson Algren and Studs Terkel have their own displays.
180 N. Michigan, 2nd Floor, 312.374.8790, americanwritersmuseum.org
Best of Chicago 2017