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4.8 | Writers

Chicago has played a starring role in many movies, plays, books, poems, and songs. Inspiring writers for many years, our city is the backbone of their creativity. Their works help us understand different places and times in the city’s history.

Two Chicago Public Library employees organize books that were collected for US soldiers, Chicago, 1917. DN-0068144, Chicago Sun-Times/Chicago Daily News collection, CHM

Continuing our exploration of the white stripes on the Chicago flag, which represent the North, South and West Sides of the city, kids will get to write a poem about the city or their own neighborhood or town. Share your poem on social media using the hashtag #CHMatHomeFamilies.


The Chicago History Museum, a major museum and research center for Chicago and American history, is located at 1601 N. Clark Street. The Museum has dedicated more than a century to celebrating and sharing Chicago stories through dynamic exhibitions, tours, publications, special events and programming. The Museum collects and preserves millions of artifacts, documents and images to help audiences connect to the city and its history. The Chicago History Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago. The Chicago History Museum is a 2016 winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest award given to these institutions for their community engagement and having an impact on the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago's Stories