Open Books is thrilled to announce that Make the Case, Chicago’s famous bookcase-decorating contest to benefit local students, is back! Save the date of Friday, November 3 at Moonlight Studios in the West Loop.

Purchase Tickets

Team Sign-Up

Sponsorship Opportunities

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 Thank you so much to everyone who attended Open Books and Laugh and supported Open Books’ transformative reading and writing programs! Join us next year for amazing performances from some of the city’s best comedians and have some laughs to support literacy in Chicago.

Thanks to all of you who joined Team Bookin’ It 2017, made a donation towards our fundraising race, and cheered on our runners. We raised almost $19,000 in support of our book granting and literacy programs.

Who We Are

Executive Committee
Jamie Roberts, Chair
Kolcraft Enterprises, Inc.
Kelly Mendez, Vice Chair
Nick Georgiton, Secretary
Emily Fox, Treasurer
Johnson Institutional Management Management
Tyrone Martinez-Black
Black of Collaborative for Academic, Social, Emotional Learning
Amanda Brown
Lauren Chase
BMO Harris Bank
Arianne Clayton
Coghlan Law, LLC
Christine Derck
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Kristi Falzon
Rica Fils
Empyre Strikes Back LLC
Jenna Friebel
Oak Park Public Library
Abigail Gavrila
Bureau van Dijk
Lindsay Grundy
Capital One
Abby Hagler
Northwestern University
Mary Hale
University of Illinois at Chicago
Lindsay Kaplan
Bernard Zell Day School
Andrea Kitamura
Fundraising Consultant / Small Business Owner
Seth Knocke
Nina Liewehr
Ogilvy & Mather
Erika Lowerr
Blick Art Materials
Adilla Menayang
William Reed Business Media
Nicole Nemerovski
Chicago Ideas
Rohun Pai
Huron Consulting Group
Jay Phillips
Tribune Media
Michelle Prestidge
Laurie Sartain
The Corporation for Interest Rate Management
Angel Simmons
The Message, Inc.

The Open Books Associate Board is an energetic group of exciting people who hail from a wide spectrum of occupations and are joined together by a love of literacy. We’re always looking for young professionals from all fields who want to share their time, talents, and connections for the cause! Associate Board Members spread the word about Open Books to their networks, help plan and execute fantastic fundraising events, are willing to make a 2-year commitment, and are comfortable with a $1,000 individual fundraising goal. If these sound like things you can do, we’d love to meet you!


Our next info session will be held at the West Loop bookstore (651 W Lake) on Nov. 1 at 5:30 p.m.

The Open Books Associate Board brings on new members on a quarterly basis. To find out more, please contact the Associate Board Executive Committee: [email protected] or attend one of our quarterly info sessions at 651 W Lake St.

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago (YNPN Chicago)’s Associate Board Of The Year 2014