Chicago Indie Bookstore Day: how they organized it

Chicago-Independent-Bookstore-DayOn Saturday, July 12, nine independent bookstores in Chicago will collaborate for the first Chicago Independent Bookstore Day. The effort is to celebrate their independence and their unique contribution to not only the neighborhoods of Chicago, but also to the literary community they help support. Components of the day include events at some stores, giveaways at others, and some author appearances as well. Organizers created 180 copies of a puzzle featuring an image designed by artist Lilli Carre. To receive pieces to complete the puzzle, seekers must visit all nine of the participating bookstores.

That’s half of the fun! You’ll get to see everything the indie bookstore world of Chicago has to offer.

Participants are not expected to visit all nine of the bookstores in one day, but the puzzle piece collection will begin on July 12 and will be available through August 3. “Each store is only able to start 20 people on their puzzle collecting journey.” To receive their first set of puzzle pieces, participants must spend $25.

Organizers created a website devoted to the day with FAQs, a blog, and a contact page. They also created a logo, a twitter account, and a dedicated email address for communication. Participating stores include:

  • The Book Cellar (Lincoln Square)
  • 57th Street Books and Seminary Coop (Hyde Park)
  • Sandmeyer’s (Printer’s Row)
  • Unabridged Books (Lakeview)
  • Open Books (River North)
  • City Lit Books (Logan Square)
  • Powell’s Bookstore (University Village)
  • Women & Children First (Andersonville)

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay