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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 Monday, February 28th.

NEW GUIDELINES (Effective 2-28-22)

  • The City of Chicago and the State of Illinois no longer require wearing a mask in public indoor spaces.  Although a mask is no longer required to enter Unabirdged, we support the wearing of masks for those who chose to do so.
  • 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.

Even during these challenging last two years, you have supported us in ways for which we are forever grateful.  For over 41 years, we have loved being your neighborhood bookstore and a part of Chicago's vibrant reading community and we look forward to many more! _________________________________________________________________________________________________

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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