Friday, May 1, 2015

Chicago Independent Bookstore Day is Tomorrow!

Following the runaway success of last year’s  Independent Bookstore Day, twelve Chicago independent bookstores are banding together to join Independent Bookstore Day, a country-wide celebration of books and independent bookstores on May 2nd. (That's tomorrow!)

To encourage Chicago readers to visit their own neighborhood store as well as the other unique stores in different neighborhoods throughout the city, participating bookstores are offering special deals, raffles, author events, refreshments and general bookish revelry. Select customers will also have a chance to collect pages from each participating store to complete a limited edition chapbook of a previously unreleased story by Stuart Dybek illustrated by Dmitry Samarov designed and printed especially for the day.

For more info about the event, including event details and times, visit

UPDATE:  I've been reliably informed that tomorrow is ALSO Free Comic Book Day, and many comic stores will be giving out free comics also!  Do both!  It's an embarrassment of riches!

Here are the 12 participating bookstores and their locations: (and this is a handy list to keep around anyway!)

57th Street Books - 1301 E. 57th st.
Ph.:  773.684.1300 

The Book Cellar - 4736 N. Lincoln Ave.
Ph.: 773.293.2665 

City Lit Books - 2523 N. Kedzie Blvd.
Ph.: 773-235-2523 

Open Books River North - 213 W. Institute Pl.
Ph.: 312.475.1355 

Open Books Pilsen - 905 W. 19th St.
Ph.: 312.243.9776 

Powell's Bookstore - 1218 S. Halsted St.
Ph.: 312.243.9070 

 Roscoe Books - 2142 W. Roscoe St.
Ph.: 773-857-2676 

 Sandmeyer's Bookstore - 714 S. Dearborn St.
Ph. 312.922.2104 Website:

Seminary Co-op Bookstore - 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Ph.: 773.752.4381 

Unabridged Bookstore - 3251 N. Broadway St.
Ph.: 773.883.9119 Website:

 Uncharted Books - 2620 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Women and Children First - 5233 N. Clark St.
Ph.: 773.769.9299 Website:

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