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Independent Bookstore Day Passport Challenge: April 27, 2019

April 07, 2019 8:23 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

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Yet again, Chicagoland proves itself to be the dream destination for book lovers and readers of all ages! More than two dozen independent bookstores in the greater Chicago area—from Lake Forest to Beverly, and Naperville to the Loop—are collaborating on a third annual #ChiLoveBooks Challenge, which encourages book lovers to indulge in bookstore tourism by visiting 10 or more stores in a single day.

The annual challenge is being held again on Independent Bookstore Day (IBD), which is a one-day national party celebrating indie book stores on the last Saturday in April. Each store creates its own unique events—including guest authors, special kids’ story times, readings, contests, giveaways, and special sales.

To begin their trip, readers can pick up a #ChiLoveBooks passport and their first stamp with an initial purchase of $25 or more from the store of their choice.

Additional bookstore visits throughout the day (no purchase required) enable them to collect an additional stamp at each subsequent bookstore. The payoff comes for visits at the following levels:

Visit TEN stores in one day and get 10% off at all bookstores listed below for an ENTIRE YEAR!

Visit FIFTEEN stores in one day and get 15% off at all bookstores listed below for an ENTIRE YEAR!

Also, readers are encouraged to post a snapshot of themselves and their Independent Bookstore Day haul on #ChiLoveBooks.

The #ChiLoveBooks Challenge is being sponsored by the Chicagoland Independent Bookstore Allliance (ChIBA), an association formed in 2016 to raise awareness about the vitality of the area’s indie stores, and the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association (GLIBA).

Here is the list of participating stores so you can start to plan. You can also head to for even more info!
57th Street Books
Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc.
Anderson's Bookshop - Naperville, Lagrange & Downers Grove
Book Bin Northbrook
The Book Cellar
The Book Stall
The Book Table
Bookends & Beginnings
Bookie's - Chicago
Bookie's - Homewood
Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore
City Lit Books
The Dial Bookshop
Lake Forest Book Store
Open Books - Pilsen & West Loop
Pilsen Community Books
Powell's Books Chicago
Quimby's Bookstore
Read It & Eat
Rosenberg Bookshop at the Newberry Library
Sandmeyer's Bookstore
The Seminary Co-op Bookstores
Volumes Bookcafe
Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.
Women & Children First Bookstore

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