Open Books

Open Books (213 West Institute Place) is a gem of a bookstore where every purchase helps support community programs that promote literacy in Chicago and beyond. Brimming with over 50,000 donated books, this unique bookstore promises great prices and a great selection. 

This past Saturday, I took my son, a passionate reader, and my nephew, a reluctant reader, to Open Books. They nestled on a sun-lit sofa and browsed the awesome selection of new and vintage comic books while I set out to find some good reads of my own. I appreciated the cookbook aisle and picked up a selection from the volunteer recommendations shelf; my son chose the first book in a new tween series, also recommended by the friendly staff.  The bookstore is huge and chock-filled with books, a delight to any bibliophile. The large, sunny windows and comfy chairs invite you to stay awhile. There are also a number of colorful, comfortable, creative spaces available to rent for parties, groups, meetings, and events. 

Open Books
Open Books not only has a great selection of books, but also a wide selection of programs that are raising young readers and writers in our city. This summer, aspiring young authors entering grades 6-9 are invited to join the quest to become a published fantasy novelist at Open Books. Kids will be encouraged to write and actually publish their first novel, to be unveiled at a end-of-program gala celebration.

Open Books is open 10AM - 7PM, Monday - Saturday, and 12 - 6 on Sundays. Book donations are happily accepted.

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