Where's Waldo? in Wicker Park 2017

FIND WALDO IN Wicker Park!


Classic Book Character Celebrates Thirty Years,

Continues to Create Summertime Fun to Support the Shop Local Movement

Where’s Waldo? -  In Wicker Park, of course! The iconic children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-five local businesses throughout our community this July. Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses and the Shop Local movement in our community, including these partners: 

Alliance Bakery

Antique Taco

Bow & Arrow

Bongo Room

Bucktown Library

Building Blocks Toys

Bro Bagel

Challengers Comics

Chop Shop


**Easy Bar**

**Emporium Arcade Bar**

Ipsento 606

Mojo Spa

**Pint** (kids & parents can hunt here before 7pm)

Quimby’s Bookstore

Reckless Records



Transit Tees

T-Shirt Deli

The Stopalong

Umami Burger

Volumes Bookcafe

Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co/826 CHI

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Wicker Park!” passport, which contains the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing on July 29th, with the top prize being a six-volume deluxe set of Waldo books or a $100 dollar gift card to Volumes Bookcafe!

This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Where’s Waldo? books. Martin Handford’s collections of crowd scenes swept the world in the late eighties, and since then have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves the world over. There are now over 67 million Waldo books in print worldwide, and they’ve been translated into over thirty languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo and his cast of wandering companions. To celebrate such a special milestone, Waldo’s friend Wenda will also be hiding in Volumes Bookcafe here in Wicker Park! Participants of Find Waldo Local will have double the fun searching for both Waldo and Wenda all month long.

Once again, in celebration of Waldo’s longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and two hundred and fifty independent bookstores across the country for some hide-and-seek fun to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses. There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July. For more information about hunting for Waldo in Wicker Park, call Volumes Bookcafe at 773-697-8066 or email us at info@volumesbooks.com!

Event date: 
Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 9:00am to Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 10:00pm