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Independent Bookstore Day at The Book Stall
Stop by The Book Stall on Saturday, April 30th to celebrate Independent Book Store Day, a national effort to recognize the importance of independent bookstores across the country. Each bookstore will have their own ways of marking the day, and here at the Book Stall we’ll have some wonderful events:
– Raffles for Gift Cards to The Book Stall!
– Jessica Vitalis, author of The Wolf’s Curse will be signing books in the store from 10am to noon. This is not sit-down event, but rather a chance to visit with an author! We recommend this book for ages 9 – 12!
– Balloon Artist from 11:00am to Noon
– Stop by and meet Alice B. McGinty, author of Bathe the Cat, from 2:00pm to 4:00 pm. Alice would be happy to chat and sign copies of her hilarious new picture book! Recommended for ages 3 to 6.
– Sip and shop from 4:00pm to 5:00pm featuring libations from Good Grapes! Our toast to our amazing community!
And for the true booklover, there’s a city wide celebration all across our city! As manager Mike Wysock says “The Book Stall is thrilled to be a destination for the #ChiLoveBooks Challenge. Welcoming booklovers into our store is something we look forward to daily. On Independent Bookstore Day, though, we get to share our joy with the wider Chicagoland community, and it warms our hearts to get to host as many indie bookstore lovers as possible!”
Indie Bookstore Crawl,
called the #ChiLoveBooks Challenge
Nearly 40 independent bookstores in the greater Chicago area—from Lake Forest to Homewood, and Wheaten to the Loop—are collaborating on this year’s #ChiLoveBooks Challenge, which encourages book lovers to indulge in bookstore tourism by visiting 10, 15, or more(!!) stores in a single day.
How will it work? When readers arrive at their first bookstore of the day, they will scan a QR code or visit the website chilovebooks.com to view a landing page with instructions and a Google map containing information about all the participating stores (including addresses and directions). And then they’re on their way—taking selfies, scanning the QR codes, and tagging their images to #ChiLoveBooks all along the way.
The payoff comes for visits at the following levels:
• Visit TEN stores in one day and get 10% off at all bookstores listed below for an ENTIRE YEAR!
• Visit FIFTEEN stores in one day and get 15% off at all bookstores listed below for an ENTIRE YEAR!
The #ChiLoveBooks Challenge is being sponsored by the Chicagoland Independent Bookstore Alliance (ChIBA), an association formed in 2016 to raise awareness about the vitality of the area’s indie bookstores, and the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association (GLIBA).
The 39 participating stores are:
57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., Chicago 60637 / 773.684.1300 / semcoop.com / The South Side’s neighborhood bookstore since 1983, 57th Street Books, sister store to the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, houses a substantial selection of children’s books, popular fiction, cookbooks, sci-fi, mysteries, and general interest tites.
Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc., 824 W. Superior St., Suite 100, Chicago 60642 / 312.944.3085 / alincolnbookshop.com / Since 1938, specializing in books, autographs, photographs, historical artifacts, prints, and busts related to Lincoln, the U.S. Civil War, and U.S. Presidents.Author interviews and Artifact Stories on Facebook. Note: Discounts earned from the #ChiLoveBooks Challenge do not apply to Antiquarian items.
after-words bookstore, 23 E. Illinois St.,Chicago 60611 / 312.464.1110 / after-wordschicago.com / One of the few independent bookstores left in downtown Chicago, our two floors house a hand-curated collection of over 70,000 new and used volumes.
Anderson’s Bookshops / andersonsbookshop.com
· Downers Grove / 5112 Main St., Downers Grove 60515 / 630.963.2665
· Naperville / 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville 60540 / 630.355.2665
A cornerstone of our community since 1875, Anderson’s is proud to share our passion and knowledge of books with readers of all ages. Plus a huge selection of events, gifts, and toys!
The Book Bin Northbrook, 1151 Church St., Northbrook 60062 / 847.498.4999 / bookbinnorthbrook.com / This 45-year-old iconic Northbrook bookstore is renowned for its friendly, personalized service. Not a superstore—just a super store!
The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 60625 / 773.293.2665 / bookcellarinc.com / Your independent bookstore in Lincoln Square!
The Book Table, 1045 Lake St., Oak Park 60301 / 708.386.9800 / booktable.net / We are a fiercely independent, discount new and used bookstore in downtown Oak Park.
Booked, 506 Main St., Evanston 60202 / 847-868-8047 / bookedevanston.com / Learning to read opens the door to a whole new world for children. Continuing to read keeps the door open.
Bookends & Beginnings / bookendsandbeginnings.com / 224.999.7722
· 1712 Sherman Ave., Alley #1, Evanston 60201
· Gift & Stationery store at 1716 Sherman Ave., Evanston 60201
Cozy eclectic store nestled in an alley in the heart of Evanston. New & used books, gifts, outstanding cookbook section, kids’ books in 28 foreign languages.
Bookie’s / bookiesbookstores.com
· Beverly / 10324 S. Western Ave., Chicago 60643 / 773.239.1110
· Homewood / 2015 Ridge Road, Homewood 60430 / 708.377.0789
Now in two locations, Bookie’s has been providing books and gifts to readers of all ages on the South Side for 30 years.
The Bookstore of Glen Ellyn, 475 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn 60137 / 630.469.2891 / bookstoreofge.com / Since 1960, we have been your proudly independent neighborhood bookstore in Glen Ellyn, IL, committed to providing excellent customer service and a wide range of books for all readers.
Bucket o’ Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston Ave., Chicago 60618 / 312.890.3860 / www.bucketoblood.com / Bucket O’Blood Books & Records is Chicago’s premier destination for new and used speculative fiction, from the macabre to the imaginative, and all points in between.
Centuries and Sleuths, 7419 Madison St., Forest Park 60130 / 708.771.7243 / centuriesandsleuths.com / We specialize in history, mystery and biographical books. The G.K. Chesterton Society, Mystery Discussion Group and History Discussion Group meet here monthly.
City Lit Books, 2523 N. Kedzie Blvd., Chicago / citylitbooks.com / 773.235.2523 / Located in the heart of Logan Square, City Lit is a literary hot spot thanks to its well-curated selections of fiction, non-fiction, science fiction and children’s books, along with its rotating calendar of author events and book clubs.
Exile in Bookville, The Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 210, Chicago 60605 / 312.753.3154 / exileinbookville.com / We believe that books and music are synonymous. Read! Listen!
Lake Forest Book Store, 662 N. Western Ave., Lake Forest 60045 / 847.234.4420 / lakeforestbookstore.com / Now in the historic James Anderson building, the Lake Forest Book Store continues its 70-year relationship with the community and looks forward to serving the residents and visitors for years to come.
Love’s Sweet Arrow, 17024 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park 60477 / 708.620.8365 / lovessweetarrow.com /(Romance saves the world!
Madison Street Books, 1127 W. Madison St., Chicago 60607 / 312.929.4140 / madstreetbooks.com / A woman-owned, independent bookstore in Chicago’s West Loop–a community-minded space with something in store for everyone.
Newberry Bookshop, 60 W. Walton St., Chicago 60610 / 312.255.3520 / bookshop.newberry.org / We have a stellar selection of books, notecards, and postcards; gift items by local artisans; and buttons featuring notable items in the Newberry collection.
Open Books / open-books.org
· Pilsen / 905 W. 19th St., Chicago 60608 / 312.243.9776
· West Loop / 651 W. Lake St., Chicago 60661 / 312.475.1355, x100
Open Books is a nonprofit community bookstore that transforms lives through reading, writing, and the UNLIMITED power of used books.
Page 1 Books, 1808 Central St., Evanston 60201 / 847.425.0130 / page1books.com / Home of the No. 1 Book Subscription.
Pilsen Community Books / 1102 W. 18th St., Chicago 60608 / 312.478.9434 / pilsencommunitybooks.com / Pilsen Community Books is a worker owned and operated radical bookstore and organizing space carrying new and used books across subjects, with a specialty in literature of the left.
Powell’s Books Chicago, 1501 E. 57th St., Chicago 60637 / 773.955.7780 / powellschicago.com / Since 1970, Powell’s has offered the best used and bargain books–all 20 to 80% off retail. Located in Hyde Park, 3 blocks west of the Museum of Science and Industry.
Prairie Path, 255 Town Square, Wheaton 60189 / 630.765.7455 / prairiepathbooks.com/home / Prairie Path Books in Wheaton, Illinois, is worth the trip not only because the books and gifts and cards are hand-chosen by the owner and founder (2013), but because coming inside is a truly lovely experience, with homemade cookies and cakes to sample (baked from recipes via our terrific cookbook section), twinkle lights and seating spots, and book displays designed to inspire.
Quimby’s Bookstore, 1854 W. North Ave., Chicago 60622 / 773.342.0910 / quimbys.com / Quimby’s Bookstore specializes in small press zines, books, comics and ephemera, favoring the unusual and the aberrant.
RoscoeBooks, 2142 W. Roscoe St., Chicago 60618 / 773.857.2676 / roscoebooks.com / RoscoeBooks is a neighborhood independent bookstore for kids and adults who love books and love to read.
Sandmeyer’s Bookstore, 714 S. Dearborn St., Chicago 60605 / 312.922.2104 / sandmeyersbookstore.com / Family owned and operated, Sandmeyer’s Bookstore in historic Printing House Row has offered the finest selection of books since 1982.
Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery, 1714 W. Division St., Chicago 60622 / 312-877-5170 / semicolonchi.com / Semicolon Bookstore is committed to nurturing the connection between literature, art, and the pursuit of knowledg,; while also using the power of words to better our community.
Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago 60637 / 773.752.4381 / semcoop.com / Widely regarded as one of the best academic bookstores in the world, the Co-op is the first not-for-profit bookstore whose mission is bookselling. The Co-op houses an extensive collection of scholarly titles with a focus on the humanities and social sciences.
TownHouse Books & Cafe, 105 N. 2nd Ave., St. Charles 60174 / 630.584.8600 / townhousebooks.com / An independent bookstore for all ages, with a friendly knowledgeable staff, located in historic downtown St. Charles since 1974.
Unabridged Bookstore, 3251 N Broadway, Chicago 60657 / 773.883.9119 / unabridgedbookstore.com / An iconic Lakeview institution and Chicago’s go-to bookstore for LGBTQ literature.
Uncharted Books, 5140 N. Clark St., Chicago 60640 / 872.208.7021 / unchartedbooks.com / We sell a highly curated selection of used books, zines, and rare titles, with a focus on the literary, the local, the strange, and the adventurous.
Volumes Bookcafe, volumesbooks.com
· Wicker Park: 1373 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 60622 / 773.697.8066
· Gold Coast: 900 N. Michigan Ave., Level 5, Chicago
Hybrid bookstore/cafe catering to all of your boozy + caffeine needs amid a busy & eclectic neighborhood.
The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. and 826CHI, 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 60622 / 773.772.8108 / secretagentsupply.com /We encourage the exploration of endless possibility through the power of writing. Sales support 826CHI’s free programs for Chicago students.
Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago 60640 / 773.769.9299 / womenandchildrenfirst.com / Chicago’s feminist bookstore since 1979, we are as political as we are literary.