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Open Books

Shopping, Bookstores West Loop
5 out of 5 stars
(24user reviews)
Open Books Store
Open Books Store

Open Books isn’t your average bookstore. Opened in 2009, the shop is an outgrowth of the Open Books nonprofit, with a brand new location at the Literacenter. More than 50,000 books—mostly used and donated, with some recent new titles, are housed in rows of wooden shelves painted in bright, cheery colors. Open Books invites customers to sit and stay awhile, offering plenty of snug reading nooks, complete with comfy seating, as well as a dedicated children's section. Go ahead, buy a handful. All proceeds go to literacy programs in the city. 


Venue name: Open Books
Address: 651 W Lake St
Cross street: between Desplaines St and Halsted St
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am-7pm; Sun noon-6pm
Transport: El stop: Green and Pink to Clinton. Bus: 8, 20, 56.
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Open Books is a throwback to the golden age of independent bookstores- comprehensive selection; passionate staff all embedded in a full-service literacy center- - landmark status

Absolutely great organization, proud to have been a volunteer and supporter

A fabulous nonprofit--I have volunteered there and they work tirelessly--with a smile!

Open Books is the best bookstore in the city! The staff is friendly, eager with recommendations, and will always help you dig to find that perfect gem you're dying to read or give. And with their non-profit mission, you feel good about spending money on books - proceeds from their stores fund their literacy programs for kids throughout Chicago!

Open Books is such a special place for everyone...soak in all the books and escape life's complexities by sitting & reading in one of their cozy couches in their warm inviting environment. And did you know they have a literacy reading buddies outreach program that is second to none?! Very special organization indeed!

Proceeds from your sale go towards their literacy programs across Chicago! Best place in the city to spend your money!

Open Book is the friendliest book store I know. It feels good to browse their shelves.

With a vast selection of classics, new authors and quirky, niche reads, you can't beat this cozy store or its ultimate mission.

Great selection of used books for adults and kids; and all proceeds go to their literacy work for Chicago kids; win-win! Plus very close to Loop and public transportation. It's a great nonprofit and a great store; check it out!

Open Books is a great resource, creating a space where youth can nurture their love of books, reading, and writing.

Nothing like it in the city. A wonderful space full of wonderful hardly used, used and new books.

Open Books is my cozy home away from home -- they always have a fantastic selection and I love stopping by to browse their top curated choices (which changes just about daily)!

Open Books inspires creativity, thinking, and community building. I don't know of a better bookstore where I engage just as much with the staff as I do the books I buy to read. Magnificent bookstore!

Thousands of books used (and new); a literacy program that serves school kids of all ages, a place to bring early readers to get started reading, what's not to like.

Open Books is truly a gem. Their store is amazing and their nonprofit programming has positively impacted so many lives!

I've been coming to this store for the last year, and even before that when it was still located in River North. The staff is friendly and they always have a wonderful selection of books available at great prices!

A cozy and well-stocked bookstore you can feel good about shopping at- proceeds are used to promote literacy in the city of Chicago!

Open Books is unwavering in its mission all while being the coolest space. As soon as you walk in you have a visceral response. It feels right. And the work they are doing to promote community and literacy is outstanding.

The best part about this colorful and wonderful bookstore is that all the proceeds go directly toward their literacy programming, where they provide reading and writing experiences for 5,000 Chicago students each year!

What an amazing bookstore! They also donate books to schools and grant donations to kids around the city that are in need of literacy outlets! Great organization and great bookstore!

Open Books is a nonprofit promoting literacy, so it's nice to be able to go and buy a book and feel know that it's doing something for someone in need. They also have plenty of great programming available for adults like book clubs, so if you're looking to make a friend, head to Open Books and join in.