Open Books: Pilsen

Open Books is "a nonprofit social venture that provides literacy experiences for thousands of readers each year through inspiring programs and creative capitalization of books." The store stocks over seventy thousand donated books, including ten thousand kids books. The proceeds of Open Books' used book sales support their literacy programs for students across Chicago. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00AM to 4:00PM.


Parnassus Books

Established in 1985, Parnassus Books is located on Stedman Street next to the Chief Johnson Totem Pole. This independent bookstore offers new and used books as well as gifts and local art. Hours are Tuesday through Friday 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Sunday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The bookstore is closed on Mondays.



Ifeanyi Menkiti

The city of Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalists has produced many prominent writers in its past, but it is also a city whose literary history is still in the making. Ifeanyi Menkiti, who was born in Onitsha, Nigeria, and moved to Massachusetts eventually becoming owner of the nation’s oldest poetry bookstore, tours the vast literary landscape of the greater Boston area.


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