Give Chicago A Museum, They’ll Fill It
11 September 2018
As Seekers of Beauty, 1000M residents are always in the know about the Chicago cultural scene. But, here are a few spots, relatively new and yet to come, that might just slip your radar — all within walking distance!
American Writers Museum
Opened in May 2017, the American Writers Museum is the first of its kind. It both begs and answers the question, what is American literature? Laying claim to the legacy of colonization and immigration is crucial to understanding and deconstructing the American voice. Though you won’t find any books or artifacts in glass cases, this intimate space has an encyclopedic catalogue of literary greats.
A Nation of Writers, for example, is a permanent exhibit that features 100 authors from over a dozen different writing styles. You’ll find commentary by noted literary experts on touch-screens and a display of vintage manual typewriters that allow you to experience the now-lost sensory beauty of the act of typing. The Wintrust Chicago Gallery bookends a visit to the museum with a fantastic collection of Chicago writers.
The American Writers Museum is located at 180 N Michigan Ave, open daily from 10am – 5pm. Tickets are $12, and children ages 12 & younger get in free.
Chicago Architecture Center
For more than 50 years, the Chicago Architecture Foundation has been dedicated to sharing the rich history of Chicago architecture. This year the foundation moves to a new location at 111 East Wacker, sitting just above the dock for their renowned river cruise and tour which is voted as the best tour in Chicago by TripAdvisor.
Nearly 10,000 square feet is dedicated to exhibits including the beloved Chicago model which was unveiled in 2009 and a skyscraper gallery with supersize models of buildings from around the world. There are also a host of engaging programs including lectures, members-only classes and events as well as studio visits for students and families.
The Chicago Architecture Center, located at 111 East Wacker Drive, is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Admission is $12 for adults and free for children under five.
Chicago Blues Experience
This has been a long time coming. Chicago pioneered what is known as urban blues with electrified sound from artists such as Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, and Otis Rush, to name a few. Slated to open in Spring 2019, the 50,000 square feet space will have three underground levels and a lounge that will feature live blues nightly. Advisors to the project include the former president of the Rock & Roll Museum, Terry Stewart, and executive director of the Grammy Museum, Bob Santelli. The museum will include a curated collection of artifacts and an interactive experience that depicts the legacy of the blues.
The Chicago Blue Experience is slated to open in Spring of 2019 at 25 E. Washington. For the latest news on this endeavor, check their website.
U.S. Pizza Museum
And for inveterate culture lovers, make sure to add the U.S. Pizza Museum to your bucket list. The museum opened its doors this summer in Chicago’s South Loop in a 3,000 square foot space that features a collection of pizza memorabilia as well as a timeline of pizza-making in the nation. The museum has been online and in pop-up format since 2015, but making Chicago its bricks-and-mortar home has gotten New Yorkers talking on social media.
The U.S. Pizza Museum is located within the Roosevelt Collection at 1146 S Delano Court. The museum is open on weekends, Fridays from 5pm-8pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 6pm. Admission is free through september and reservations can be made here.