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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.


Books of the Month!

All Our Shimmering Skies
by Trent Dalton

Everyone In This Room will Someday Be Dead
by Emily Austin

This Is Your Mind On Plants
by Michael Pollan

More Books of the Month!

Reading is Resistance!

Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm
by Robin DiAngelo

With the hard-earned insights that come from years of study and leading workshops on racism, Robin DiAngelo captures the strategies often used by well-intentioned white people to avoid the self-examination needed to confront their own unrecognized racism. If you want to get beyond feeling defensive and increase your capacity for effective anti-racist action, do yourself a favor and read this book! -Beverly Daniel Tatum, author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race

The Cruelty Is the Point
by Adam Serwer

Serwer's powerful truth-telling grabs us, shakes us, and warns us that as long as we wishfully forget the history of American cruelty, we will fail to see it coming for all that we hold dear. -Heather McGhee, author of The Sum of Us


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 Black Voters Matter and Enrich Chicago 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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