Yet again, Chicagoland proves itself to be the dream destination for book lovers and readers of all ages! More than two dozen independent bookstores in the greater Chicago area—from Lake Forest to Beverly, and Naperville to Andersonville—are collaborating on a second annual #MyChicagoBookstoreChallenge, which encourages book lovers to indulge in bookstore tourism by visiting 10 or more stores in a single day.
The annual challenge is being held again on April 28th, 2018 - Independent Bookstore Day (IBD), which is a one-day national party celebrating indie book stores on the last Saturday in April. Each store creates its own unique events—including guest authors, special kids’ story times, readings, contests, giveaways, and special sales.
To begin their trip, readers can pick up a #MyChicagoBookstore passport and their first stamp with an initial purchase of $25 or more from the store of their choice.
Additional bookstore visits throughout the day (no purchase required) enable them to collect an additional stamp at each subsequent bookstore. The payoff comes for visits at the following levels:
Visit TEN stores and get 10% off at all bookstores listed below for the ENTIRE YEAR!
Visit FIFTEEN stores and get 15% off at all bookstores listed below for the ENTIRE YEAR!
Also, readers are encouraged to post a snapshot of themselves and their Independent Bookstore Day haul on Instagram (#CHIBD18) or Twitter (#CHIBD18 or @chibookstore)
The #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge is being sponsored by the Chicagoland Independent Bookstore Allliance (ChIBA), an association formed in 2016 to raise awareness about the vitality of the area’s indie stores. ChIBA also maintains a Facebook page—#MyChicagoBookstore—where Chicago area bookstores post information about the readings and other literary events they host, acting as a central “billboard” for literary culture in the greater Chicago area.
The 27 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 houses a substantial selection of general interest titles, including kids’ books, popular fiction, cookbooks, sci-fi, and mysteries.
Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, 824 W. Superior St., Suite 100, Chicago 60042 / Open since 1933 and home of AuthorsVoice.net.
Anderson's Bookshops / Selling books independently since 1875 / andersonsbookshop.com
Downers Grove / 5112 Main St., Downers Grove 60515 / 630.963.2665
La Grange / 26 S. La Grange Rd., La Grange 60525 / 708.582.6353
Naperville / 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville 60540 / 630.355.2665
The Book Bin, 151 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 Book Store in Lincoln Square!
The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 Elm St., Winnetka 60093 / 847.446.8880 / thebookstall.com / At The Book Stall you get great reviews, sage advice and recommendations, and personalized service for all ages and interests. If you love books, look no further than an indie store!
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.
Bookends & Beginnings, 1712 Sherman Ave., Alley #1, Evanston 60201 / 224.999.7722 / bookendsandbeginnings.com / 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, 10324 S. Western Ave., Chicago 60643 / 773.239.1110 / bookieschicago.com / Now in its new, expanded location, Bookie's has been providing books and gifts to readers of all ages on the South Side for over 28 years.
Centuries and Sleuths, 7419 Madison St., Forest Park 60130 / 708.771.7243 / centuriesandsleuths.com / We have what you want, though you may not know you want it.
City Lit Books, 2523 N. Kedzie Blvd., Chicago / 773.235.2523 / citylitbooks.com / 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.
The Dial Bookshop, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 210, Chicago 60605 / email@example.com / dialbookshop.com / The Dial is a used and new bookshop located on the second floor of Chicago's historic Fine Arts Building on Michigan Ave, overlooking Grant Park.
Lake Forest Book Store, 662 N. Western Ave., Lake Forest 60045 / lakeforestbookstore.com / 847-234-4420
Magic Tree Bookstore,141 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park 60301 / 708.848.0770 / magictreebooks.com / The Magic Tree Bookstore: your locally owned, indie bookstore since 1984. Board books to YA, games to adult fiction--we have what your brain needs.
Open Books (two stores)
Pilsen, 905 W. 19th St., Chicago 60608 / 312.243.9776 / open-books.org/shop/open-books-pilsen
West Loop, 651 W. Lake St., Chicago 60661 / 312.475.1355, x100 / firstname.lastname@example.org / Open Books is a nonprofit community bookstore that transforms lives through reading, writing, and the UNLIMITED power of used books.
Pilsen Community Books, 1102 W. 18th St, Chicago 60608 / email@example.com / pilsencommunitybooks.org / A used and new community bookstore in Pilsen. Proceeds help us buy books for classrooms in Pilsen and surrounding neighborhoods.
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.
Quimby’s, 1854 W. North Ave., Chicago 60622 / 773.342.0910 / quimbys.com / Quimby's specializes in small press zines, books, comics and ephemera, favoring the unusual and the aberrant.
Read It & Eat, 2142 N. Halsted St., Chicago 60614 / 773.661.6158 / readitandeatstore.com / Chicago’s destination for culinary books and experiences.
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.
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 located on the University of Chicago campus (next door to Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House) and has acted as an epicenter of cultural and intellectual life in Hyde Park since 1961.
Volumes Bookcafe - 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 60622 / 773.697.8066 / volumesbooks.com / Hybrid bookstore/cafe catering to all of your boozy + caffeine needs amid a busy & eclectic neighborhood.
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.