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Independent Bookstore Day! Bookstore Crawl & more!

Join us for the 2024 Chicagoland Indie Bookstore Day Crawl! This year we're going #TEAMINDIE 

Each year on Independent Bookstore Day, our growing bookstore community welcomes thousands of bookstore lovers to spend the day celebrating all of the unique Chicagoland indies! 

At Women & Children First, we'll have:

  • Exclusive merch and fun giveaways!
  • Right outside our doors, we'll be hosting a Bake Sale for Chicago Abortion Fund!
  • AND, a $1,000 match has been offered for all wishlist purchases for Chicago Books to Women in Prison. From April 27-May 14, anything you buy for CBWP from the wishlist HERE or in store will count towards the $1,000 match goal. CBWP, an all-volunteer, donation-funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit, sends free books to women and trans people in prisons nationwide. CBWP and W&CF appreciate the support of friends like you.

To make this year's Indie Bookstore Day extra fun, we challenge you, dear reader, to "crawl" your way across the city and suburbs exploring as many bookstores as you can. If you make it to 10 bookstores and get your passport stamped at each one, you get 10% off at all participating bookstores until Indie Bookstore Day in 2025! Make it to 15 bookstores and get 15% off! Both 10 and 15 completions go home with some bookstore day swag, and bragging rights to all their friends. Last year several hundred people made it to ten, and almost 100 made it to 15 stores. 

How does it work? Starting the morning of April 27th, 2024, start at one bookstore and receive your passport for the day! While a purchase isn't required, we do hope you support these bookstores as you make it through the day. We suggest wearing a backpack or bringing/purchasing a tote! 

Now check out the map—which lists all the participating stores—and start planning your route!

Your first bookstore will provide you with a stamp next to their store name. 

While this year's passport will have all store addresses and a QR to the map, it will not have a map on it, so plan ahead. 

Additional bookstores you visit throughout the day will provide you with a stamp with no purchase required! (However, showing them some love today, too, would of course be a very cool thing to do.)

And to remind you of the goals:

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

• Visit FIFTEEN stores in one day and get 15% off at all participating bookstores for an ENTIRE YEAR

After visiting 10 or 15 participating bookstores, on your last bookstore visit show your passport and receive a limited edition pin!

Readers are encouraged to post a snapshot of themselves and their Independent Bookstore Day haul on social media with the hashtag #TEAMINDIE and #CHILOVEBOOKS

Need a lift? Join the crawl in stylish ease, by buying IBD Bus Crawl tickets HERE!

Event date: 
Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 10:00am
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640