Charity Book Sale May 13th and 14th Noon-6pm


May 13th and May 14th, 2023

Charity Book Sale



Get a bag FULL of books for only $10!

Bring your own, or use one of our bags - available for $5 


after-words book sale to benefit charity is here!


The sale will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.


We’ll be setting up some tables in our event space for you to fill your bags with. For $10 you can fill your own bag. Or you can purchase one from us for an additional $5, but all proceeds go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. 

The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, started with one purpose – to nourish neighbors at risk of hunger. And as the needs of those neighbors have evolved, so has the depository.  Their work against hunger has expanded to address the issues that cause food insecurity and poverty.

Their mission is to end hunger.


Supplies are limited.  There are no guarantees on what will be left when you get here.


Come check it out and get your bag full of books!!



May 4th 5:30 pm Family Gap Year by Sheila Maloney

Join us for A Taste of Brazil with Sheila Maloney 

Co-hosted by the Brazilian Cultural Center of Chicago

Presentation With Book Signing to Follow

Family Gap Year: How We Moved to Brazil, Dropped Our Overscheduled Lives, and Created a Sustainable, Happy Future for our Family


 Click below for a free ticket:



Tired of living the exhausting life of modern working moms?


So was Sheila Maloney, a forty-two-year-old lawyer from Chicago with three kids under ten. On paper, everything was great.  She had a loving husband, a career, and a home.


But Sheila was exhausted by her life’s frenetic pace - running to and from practices, meetings, and other back-to-back appointments. Sheila wondered, “Is this life making us happy, or just driving me nuts?” She decided there had to be more, so she packed up her family of five and embarked on a journey to Vitória, Brazil.


In Family Gap Year, Sheila will tell you about their adventure.  She will share what she learned when she stopped listening to what society told her she should do and started listening to what her soul was calling her to do instead.


Sheila’s mom will be providing traditional Brazilian brigadeiros (treats) for the event, with guaranás (Brazilian soft drink) provided by the Brazilian Cultural Center of Chicago 

Independent Bookstore Day! April 29th!


We are set to have the largest Independent Bookstore Day

to date with 1,038 stores participating

 Happy 10th Birthday, IBD!


In celebration, join us by visiting as many local Indies

as you can in one day


Last year’s Indie Bookstore Crawl was so much fun,

your local independent bookselling community

 has booked it for a return engagement!



A few highlights to know, in case you want to participate:


--If we are the first bookstore you make a purchase on that day, Thank You! 


--Please let the person at the counter know that you are participating in the crawl.  You will be provided with a Passport that has a page for each participating store.  Make sure we remember to stamp your passport as well.


--After that, no more purchases are necessary.  You can just visit any of the stores and get a stamp at each one for your passport.  (Though we dare you not to find something to buy if you go to all those wonderful Indies around Chicago in one day).

--If you already have your passport from visiting another great Indie here in the city, awesome.  Just remember to ask us to stamp your passport whether you buy something or not.


That’s it.  If you feel like sharing any of your great experiences from the day, make sure to stop by one or more of the store’s selfie stations. #IndieBookstoreDay    #CHILOVEBOOKS

Good luck and have fun!


Oh, did I forget to mention that we will reward you if you visit a lot of us that day?  Here’s the kicker:

-- If you visit TEN stores on Independent Bookstore Day, then you will get 10% off at all participating bookstores for an ENTIRE YEAR!

-- IF you visit FIFTEEN stores on Independent Bookstore Day, then you will get 15% off at all
participating bookstores for an ENTIRE YEAR


For more information, visit Chilovebooks.com



Even if you don’t want to participate in the Crawl, we have all kinds of goodies to help you celebrate with us. 

Our friends at some of the major publishing houses have come up with specially priced Indie Bookstore Day editions of some of their books.  They have even released some new content and/or signed editions. Here are the books we will be putting on sale on Saturday:


Pure Color by Sheila Heti

Signed paperback, $17

An explicitly mystical book about the creation of art and the creation of the universe.

Here we are, just living in the first draft of Creation, which was made by some great artist, who is now getting ready to tear it apart.

In this first draft of the world, a woman named Mira leaves home to study. There, she meets Annie, whose tremendous power opens Mira’s chest like a portal—to what she doesn’t know. When Mira is older, her beloved father dies, and his spirit passes into her. Together, they become a leaf on a tree. But photosynthesis gets boring, and being alive is a problem that cannot be solved, even by a leaf. Eventually, Mira must remember the human world she’s left behind, including Annie, and choose whether to return.


Little People, Big Dreams: Amanda Gorman by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Signed by the author (Bookplate), paperback, $8.99

Discover the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. Told as a story, with a facts and photos section at the back, this sweet series for kids celebrates triumph over adversity through some of history’s favorite characters.

Now with more than 7.5 million copies sold worldwide, the series continues to grow and expand, introducing children around the world to artists, trailblazers, and dreamers who each made a big impact in the world around them.


The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Exclusive edition with author letter, Hardback, $15.99


A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry to understand her mother's religion and her own relationship to the world in this debut novel by renowned slam poet Acevedo.

Winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature,

the Michael L. Printz Award, and the Pura Belpré Award.


Tales of the Weird: An Uncanny Introduction edited by British Library Publishing

Independent Bookstore Day 2023 exclusive, paperback, $4.99


Tales of the Weird brings together a chilling collection of stories from across the entire series, offering a brief insight into the abyssal depths of the British Library archives– with offerings by Eleanor Scott, Robert Aickman, William Hope Hodgson, H.P. Lovecraft, and Vernon Lee, E.F. Benson, and many others.



If you just want to come and support us on Independent Bookstore Day, here are some in -store promotions available only that day that you can take advantage of:


While Supplies Last!


Be one of the first 30 customers to spend $30 or more.

You will receive a bunch of after-words swag:

Store Tote, Store Button, Store Pen

Also, a copy of Climate Change and your Garden: Expert Tips and Information

and an IBD sticker


Spend $60 or more:

You will receive all of the above,

plus a free IBD Tote

and a free copy of Tales of the Weird: An Uncanny Introduction edited by British Library Publishing


Spend $100 or more:

Then we will really load you up.

Store Tote, Store Button, Store Pen

Also, a copy of Climate Change and your Garden: Expert Tips and Information

and an IBD sticker

Your choice of the IBD tote bag or ‘She Chose Fire’ tote bag

a free copy of Tales of the Weird: An Uncanny Introduction edited by British Library Publishing

A free copy of the short story Galatea by Madeline Miller

IBD mug


Remember, we might run out of some of this stuff as the day goes on.  So, the offer is only valid as long as supplies last.