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Chicago Authored


Discover how those who write about Chicago shape our understanding of the city. Through a digital experience in a café-style space, our first-ever crowd-sourced exhibition features diverse, insightful, and inspiring writing. Explore a collection of works by contemporary authors and literary giants. Add your voice by writing a postcard or composing magnetic poetry.


Self-Guided Audio Tour

To experience the Chicago Authored audio tour, stop by the Ticket Desk to borrow an iPod or download the app to your Apple or Android device for just $1.99. Featuring nineteen audio excerpts that offer perspectives on the city over time and across communities, discover how authors of fact and fiction, prose and poetry help us hear what we didn’t, understand what we couldn’t, and feel what we have never touched. As a bonus, the app also includes an author-related tour of our permanent exhibition, Chicago: Crossroads of America.

BMO Harris Bank is the lead corporate sponsor of Chicago Authored. Additional support is provided by the Chicago Community Trust, an IncentOvate grant from the City of Chicago DCASE, and a grant from the Field Foundation of Illinois.

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Until February 17, 2020

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