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We are so excited to welcome you back to Unabridged!  We are open daily 10am - 7pm with limited capacity.  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!)  Since the health and safety of our employees and customers is of paramount importance, we are taking extra precautions at the store and implementing new health and safety measures in accordance with the City of Chicago & the State of Illinois guidelines. 


  • Chicago is currently in PHASE IV. Unabridged will continue operating at a maximum of 40% capacity, so you may have to wait outside before entering.  
  • All customers MUST wear a mask inside of the store that completely covers your nose and mouth.
  • Hand sanitizer and gloves (optional) will be provided at the door and at checkout.
  • Social Distancing will remain in place in store for customers and staff.
  • A limited number of customers will be allowed in the store at any given time.  Please wait on the marked spots outside if we are at capacity.  We may ask you to limit your time in the store when others are waiting. 
  • 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 39 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



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