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We would like all our customers to be aware that on Tuesday, 11/17, Governor Pritzker implemented stricter limited capacity rules for retail stores. Unabridged will now be operating at a maximum of 25% capacity, so you may have to wait outside before entering. As we begin the busy holiday season, and with the health and safety of our customers and staff in mind, this is a great time to remind you of the fast and safe option of ordering online or by phone, and either pickup your order at the bookstore front door, curbside pickup, or have your order shipped to you, all without waiting in line!

Happy New Year

Now Open Daily 10-7
Click here to read full safety guidelines for in-store shopping

And during the upcoming, busy holiday season,  you can always order online, or by phone, and either pickup at the bookstore front door, curbside pickup or have it shipped to you



50% off all calendars!



New Featured Books!

Book of the Month

Book of the Month

Book of the Week

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain
by George Saunders

Available 01/12/21!

The Dutch House
by Ann Patchett

Available 01/05/21!

Detransition, Baby
by Torrey Peters

Available 01/12/21!


A Promised Land

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency--a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation's highest office.


 (Click on the photo to purchase online and view details)



NYTimes 10 Best Books of 2020

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TIME 100 of 2020

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Happy 40th Unabridg


Shelf Awareness Top 10 Fiction 2020

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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


To honor the Black Lives Matter movement and as part of our yearlong commitment to promoting the work of activists and organizations engaged in the fight against systemic racism, social injustice, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia, we will choose to support and contribute to two organizations each month.  For the month of January 2021 we have chosen the following two organizations:  (See below for past months)

We invite you to join us to support Care for Real and the Equal Justice Initiative 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!



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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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