Open Book Club presents
 The Book Thief

Open Book Club, in conjunction with One Book, One Chicago, will host a discussion of Markus Zusak's
The Book Thief

"Set in a small town in Germany during World War II, the novel is narrated by a sympathetic Death, and tells the story of Liesel, a young foster girl who, in the midst of one of the darkest times in history, learns to read, to survive and to stand up for what is just and humane."

Tuesday, October 9
6 pm
Open Books store

For more info on Open Book Club discussions, check out our Meetup page!
Make the Case
for Literacy!

Make the Case, Open Books' bookcase-decorating contest and fundraiser is coming up! Teams will compete to embellish a bookcase, spectators will vote for their favorites, and everyone will enjoy fabulous food, drinks, and music!

Friday, November 9
7 - 9 pm
Smart Bar
(Clark and Racine)

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     Relive the magic of Harry Potter and celebrate the publication of J. K. Rowlings' first Muggle novel, The Casual Vacancy, with one last Potter party! The evening will include Harry Potter trivia, games, and refreshments and will feature:


- A costume contest with a grand prize of 2 tickets to Broadway in Chicago's Potted Potter!

- Live music featuring wizard rock band Tonks and the Aurors!

- Harry Potter readings and reflections by local authors including Rachel Bertsche, Michael Beckett, and Sheila Johnson

- A visit from the Samich Box Food Truck 

- A 20% discount on used books and pre-ordered copies of The Casual Vacancy 


Space is limited, so please RSVP by sending an email to Open Books is also currently accepting pre-orders of The Casual Vacancy.  


Thursday, September 27th

8 pm


Open Books store

213 W. Institute Pl. 
   Tonks and the AurorsSamich Box


Open Books is thrilled to announce Curious George Day at the Open Books store! This fun-filled family event will celebrate beloved children's book character Curious George with storytelling, face painting, children's book discounts, and cake, PLUS scheduled activities with the following extra-special guests:


Wishcraft Workshop

Emerald City Theatre Company 

Marsha's Music 


Saturday, October 20th

10 am - 1 pm


ages 3+


Open Books is a nonprofit social venture that operates an extraordinary bookstore, provides community programs, and mobilizes passionate volunteers to promote literacy in Chicago and beyond. We enhance lives through reading, writing, and the STORED-UP power of used books.

The store is conveniently located at:   213 W. Institute Pl. in River North
 (1 block north of the Chicago/Franklin Brown/Purple stop)
and is open Monday - Saturday from 10am - 7pm and Sunday from 12-6
                              Learn more about it at!