The American Writers Museum celebrates American writers through innovative, state-of-the-art exhibitions and compelling programming.
Home to one of America’s most beloved poets, Carl Sandburg described Chicago as “Hog Butcher for the World, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and Freight Handler to the Nation...City of the Big Shoulders.” He was a three-time Pulitzer Prize award winner, two for poetry and one for his definitive six-volume biography about Abraham Lincoln.
Sandburg’s began his writing career as a reporter for the Chicago Daily News. He lived at 4646 N. Hermitage in 1912 where he rented the second-floor apartment. During this period Harriet Monroe began printing “Poetry: A Magazine of Verse,” and was the first to include Sandburg’s free-verse, Whitman-like poems. It wasn’t long before Sandburg was known in the Chicago Literary Renaissance circle, which also included Ben Hecht, Theodore Dreiser, Sherwood Anderson, and Edgar Lee Masters.