Make The Case


At Make The Case, Open Books’ first annual bookcase decorating event, teams of local literacy supporters will gather at Enclave to compete for fame and glory as they change standard 3-shelf bookcases into stand-alone marvels themed on the POWER of used books.

Non-competitors will cheer on the teams, enjoy food, drinks, and tunes (spun by Karl Almaria and Doug Black), vote for their favorite bookcase, and visit the award-winning Open Books store (right next door) for special sales on used books to support literacy in Chicago.

At the conclusion of the evening, distinguished judges Amy Guth, Jonathan Messinger, and Patrick Somerville will award prizes based on creativity, execution, and fidelity to the theme.

The following week, Open Books will fill the bookcases and donate them to partner nonprofit organizations across the city.

Friday, May 13
6 - 9 pm
213 W. Institute

1 block north of Chicago+Franklin
on the Brown / Purple lines.

Get Tickets

Get Your Tickets

Tickets are $35 each and include entry to Make The Case, a chance to vote for the People's Choice winner, appetizers, drinks, a raffle ticket, shopping privileges at the Bizarre Bazaar, and a discount coupon to the Open Books store.

$35 each. Get yours now!

Register A Team
Cheer For A Team

Nine incredible teams will be vying for fame and prizes, and your vote counts! Get to know our amazing casemakers and the charities their cases will go to.

Team Resources
Rules and Regulations
Creative Ideas
Place An Ad!

Spread the word and support the cause! The Make The Case program/ad book has space for your business card, half-page, or full-page ad placements. Show your support for your favorite team or promote your business!

Business Card Size 3.5" w x 2" h $50
Half Page 4.5" w x 3.25" h $75
Full Page 4.5" w x 7.5" h $100
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Make The Case Extras

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