Join us August 29 for our Back To School Block Party at Open Books Pilsen! We will be giving away free backpacks, books, school supplies, giving out free haircuts, and more to gear up for the school year! There will be food, drinks, music, a special storytime, as well as arts & crafts!

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Make The Case 2019

Make The Case is a fun-filled evening where teams go head-to-head to decorate the coolest, most creative bookcase in three hours. The winning team receives fabulous prizes and bragging rights for a year. 100% of proceeds support the advancement of literacy in Chicago. Hosted by WGN's Pat Tomasulo!

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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Open Books is thrilled and honored to be bringing Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to our city as their exclusive Chicago affiliate for children ages 0-5!

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Financial Donation

The generosity of donors helps us engage more than 5,000 youth through our literacy programs and give way more than 150,000 books to children and families each year. Together, we can transform lives through reading, writing, and the giving power of used books.

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West Loop

Visit Store

Mon-Sat 9am–7pm
Sun 12pm–6pm

651 W. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60661

312.475.1355 ext.100

Pilsen

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Mon-Sun
10am–4pm

905 W. 19th St.
Chicago, IL 60608

312.243.9776

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Literacy Programs

Open Books transforms students’ reading and writing skills through experienced educators who deliver innovative instruction, passionate volunteers who serve as positive role models and provide enthusiastic support, safe learning environments for practice, exploration, and social-emotional growth, and access to high-quality books and tailored curricula.

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Book Donation

Each year, generous readers donate hundreds of thousands of books to support literacy. We sell those books in our stores and online to help fund our programs, use and give them away in our literacy and book grant programs.

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We collect used books.

All books in good condition are welcome, and all donations are tax-deductible. Find out what we take and how to get them to us.

We sell and grant them.

We give books to students in our instructional programs, donate them to educators and students through our book programs, and sell them in our Chicago stores and online.

They fund our programs.

We provide transformational literacy experiences for more than 5,000 K-12 students every year, from reading help through novel-writing.

Volunteers = magic.

Volunteers work with our students, organize our books, staff our events, and make everything happen.