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Starting Friday, June 11th, the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois are entering Phase 5.  According to these guidelines all capacity limits are lifted so Unabridged will resume business at regular full capacity.  Also, as per Phase 5 guidelines, customers who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a mask and maintain 6 feet of social distance.  Customers who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to wear masks at Unabridged, but we support face masks for all who choose to wear them.  We are happy to report that all of our staff are fully vaccinated.  Even during this challenging last year, you have supported us in ways for which we are forever grateful.  For over 40 years, we have loved being your neighborhood bookstore and a part of Chicago's vibrant reading community and we look forward to many more.

Open Daily 10-7
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You can always order online, or by phone, and either pickup at the bookstore front door, curbside pickup or have it shipped to you besides shopping in the store.


At Unabridged Pride is all year long, but we love the month of June when everyone joins the celebration!
Take a look at some of our reading recommendations for new books by and for the LGBTQ+ community and all our allies. Happy Pride from the Unabridged Bookstore Staff!


With Teeth
by Kristen Arnett
Future Feeling
by Joss Lake

After Francesco
by Brian Malloy

One Last Stop
by Casey McQuiston
Detransition, Baby
by Torrey Peters


Punch Me Up to the Gods
by Brian Broome
The Deviant's War
by Eric Cervini
Everybody: A Book About Freedom
by Olivia Laing
Gay Bar
by Jeremy Atherton Lin
The 2000s Made Me Gay
by  Grace Perry

Young Adult

Ace of Spades
by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
The Black Flamingo
by Dean Atta
King and the Dragonflies
by Kacen Callender
Jay's Gay Agenda
by Jason June
Meet Cute Diary
by Emery Lee

New Featured Books!

Books of the Month!

With Teeth
by Kristen Arnett

The Guncle
by Steven Rowley

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
by Ocean Vuong

Paperback Available Now!

More Books of the Month!

Reading is Resistance!

Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP, New York, 1987-1993
by Sarah Schulman

The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America
by Carol Anderson

How the Word Is Passed:
A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

by Clint Smith

More Reading is Resistance!




From one of our favorite authors and friend of the store, Steven Rowley, comes The Guncle. 

Great Summer read!  

Signed copies now available, get them while they last!

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Happy 40th Unabridged!

   Happy 40th Unabridged!

Unabridged Bookstore opened on November 1st, 1980, and here we are, 40 years later, and still going strong! We would like to say thank you to all who have supported Unabridged Bookstore during these 40 years. To celebrate we have a new 40th anniversary tote bag ($14.99) and new bookmarks (free) by local Chicago artist David Lee Csicsko.   Click here to order our 40th Anniversary Tote Bag!



Click here to see 100+ classic, vintage photos from the past 40 years at Unabridged!



Advocacy for Racial, Social, and Economic Justice

It has been one year since the murder of George Floyd, and one year since Unabridged Bookstore made a year-long commitment to each month support and contribute to organizations that work towards achieving racial justice in America, as well as promoting social, environmental and economic justice. From June 2020 thru May 2021, Unabridged Bookstore has contributed over $22,000 to 21 different organizations, and we are now re-dedicating our ongoing commitment to support these kinds of organizations each month. Thank you for joining us in this commitment.

To honor the Black Lives Matter movement, and as part of our commitment to promoting the work of activists and organizations engaged in the fight for environmental justice and against systemic racism, social injustice, hunger, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia, we choose to support these two organizations this month:

We invite you to join us to support Equal Justice Initiative and Young, Black & Lit as they work to achieve meaningful and lasting change in our community. For more information about each organization, or to make your own contribution, click above. We ask that you continue to support LGBTQ+ authors, to read books by BIPOC writers, and to read and resist!

Thank you,
Unabridged Bookstore


For more information about the organizations we have contributed to in recent months, click below.

Click here to see our complete updated anti-racist reading list!


Check out our new tab on our website to browse some of our books online.


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Check out our Tote Bags & Coffee Mugs!

Looking for the perfect gift? Take a look at our new coffee mugs, available now for $8.99! Or one of our four totes - each bag is $14.99, buy one and get 10% off your purchase when you visit in the future. Available for in-store pickup only, click below to order!


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