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20% Off All Used Books In Store Everyday

Only $25 a year!

50% Off Online Orders Once a Month with Code

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Where does your $25 go?

It buys 1 NEW BOOK mailed directly to a child every month for ONE YEAR
(yes, that's 12 new books for a child who lacks access)

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Hours and Location

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Mon-Sun: 10am–7pm
651 W. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60661
312.475.1355 x2008
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Best Of...

Chicago Reader Best of Chicago 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
Newcity Best of Chicago 2016
Time Out Chicago Love Chicago Award 2016
Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Award 2016
Chicago Magazine Readers’ Choice Best of Chicago 2015

Open Books West Loop is a friendly, full service neighborhood used bookstore: 50,000 books in dozens of genres, a dedicated kids and young adult section with 10,000 books, plenty of comfy chairs and reading nooks, a full slate of events, watchlist and ordering services, and more, all to support our literacy programs in Chicago.



Our twice-weekly Storytime features books, singing, crafts, and the joy of shared stories for our youngest readers. Join us every Thursday and Saturday at 10am!

Open Book Club

Open Book Club

Looking for a friendly group of readers and a lively discussion? Open Book Club meets from 6:15-7:15pm on the second Tuesday of each month. No RSVP required. See you there!

Book Search

Looking for something in particular? Fill out this quick search form and we'll see what we can find for you.

Creative Writing Club

Creative Writing Club

Calling aspiring student authors! Creative Writing Club meets after school every Wednesday for writing prompts, games, prizes, and more.

Open Mic

Your Event Here

Have something in mind for our store? Tell us about it! We love hosting book events, small concerts, and more. Just email us with your idea.

Volunteer With Us!

Volunteers make everything we do possible, from helping customers find books through sorting through brand-new donations. See the details and get started!

Room Of Many Views

Rent Our Space!

Looking for a colorful and creative venue for a party or meeting? Our store and classrooms are available! See the details and contact us to discuss dates.

Got Books to Donate?

Wonderful! We've got a 24/7 drive-up dropbox right in back of the store, or are happy to take small donations in the store during business hours. Thank you!
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At Open Books, something wonderful is always happening! View our events calendar to learn more about upcoming events.

Events Calendar