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We are so excited to welcome you to Unabridged!  We are open daily 10am - 7pm.  And just so you know you can still order online and pickup your order in the store or have it shipped UPS.  (Remember to always look for an email confirming your order is ready for pickup before coming to the store, thanks!)  The health and safety of our employees and customers is of paramount importance to us.  We are happy to report that all of our staff are fully vaccinated, and encourage everyone else to get vaccinated as well.  See below new guidelines set forth by the city of Chicago as of Friday, August 20th.

NEW GUIDELINES (Effective 8-20-2021)

  • Everyone age two or older, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks in public indoor settings, including Unabridged Bookstore.
  • Hand sanitizer will still be provided at checkout.
  • Each morning we do a thorough cleaning of the store along with cleaning touch points throughout the day.


Owner Ed Devereux opened Unabridged Bookstore on Saturday, November 1, 1980, and the store has been thriving ever since.

Unabridged is known for its dedicated and knowledgeable staff and the staff’s hand-written personal recommendations.  Unabridged has an unparalleled sale book section, and an award-winning children's section, an extensive travel room, and offers a great selection of fiction and poetry.  For 40+ years, Unabridged Bookstore has also been Chicago’s premier go-to-bookstore for LGBTQ literature. Voted “Best Bookstore in Chicago 2015” by Chicago Magazine, Unabridged remains an iconic institution in the Lakeview neighborhood.

We look forward to seeing you!

Regular Hours: Everyday 10am - 7pm  

Reminder: You can order anytime on our website and pickup your order in the store or have your order shipped UPS.

Email: unabridgedbookstore(at)

Phone: 773.883.9119




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

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