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Take a write in downtown Chicago The American Writers Museum opened earlier this year as the first of its kind in the United States. The 11,000-square-foot attraction is filled with permanent and temporary exhibits designed to engage visitors with the work of America’s most celebrated writers. Chicago is one of the birthplaces of realism, and in the museum’s Wintrust Chicago Gallery, groups learn about famous Chicago writers and their contributions to this bold movement. Stead Family Foundation Writers Hall features interactive kiosks, where visitors can discover which American authors lived near them. “The Mind of a Writer” exhibit houses an interactive space where aspiring writers can use pencil and paper, a vintage typewriter or digital media to write their own stories and add to the museum’s story of the day, which stems from an opening line from a memorable American book, poem or essay. On through Spring 2018, “Laura Ingalls Wilder: From Prairie to Page” features the longhand manuscript of Wilder’s autobiographical novel “The Long Winter,” including handwritten notes by Wilder. Museum-goers will also learn about Wilder’s writing over her lifetime and how her education formed her writing style and the values she wove into the Little House series. AMERICANWRITERSMUSEUM.ORG In addition to state-of-the-art exhibits, the American Writers Museum offers educational programming and special events, including book signings and author talk series that change from month to month. Group rates are $9 per person for a minimum of 15 people. Seniors and students with a valid school identification are admitted for $6. For more information, go to or call +1.312.374.8790. —K.F. Discover UpState California’s vast outdoor wonderland like never before. Enjoy the winter landscape on an active volcano with free ranger-led guided snowshoeing and cross-country skiing tours at Lassen Volcanic National Park. With snowcapped peaks in three directions and hundreds of miles and routes available for endless fun for adventurers of all skill levels, California’s last frontier is waiting to be explored. Experience Upstate California Jennifer Fontana, Group Coordinator | (530) 225-4010 | | 19