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Independent Bookstore Day

Yay for National Independent Bookstore day! 


For Independent Bookstore Day, here is what you'll find at The Book Cellar:


Free Book Cellar puzzle for the first 50 people to make a purchase.

Rainbow photo op

Special Chicago Independent Bookstore T-Shirts for purchase

Unique IBSD merch

Free totes with surprises with a purchase of $30 or more while supplies last.


Nearly 40 independent bookstores in the greater Chicago area—from Lake Forest to Homewood, and Naperville to the Loop—are collaborating to challenge you to visit 10, 15 or more bookstores in a single day with the #ChiLoveBooks Challenge!

When you........

Visit TEN stores in one day, you receive 10% off at all bookstores listed below for an ENTIRE YEAR!

Visit FIFTEEN stores in one day, you receive 15% off at all bookstores listed below for an ENTIRE YEAR! 


Here's what to do:

When readers arrive at their first bookstore of the day, they will scan a QR code or visit the website to view a landing page with instructions and a Google map containing information about all the participating stores (including addresses and directions). And then they’re on their way—taking a selfie, scanning the QR code, and tagging their images to #ChiLoveBooks all along the way.

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


As an endcap to the Indie Bookstore Day weekend, many of the stores will be co-hosting a virtual event with George Saunders, author of the bestselling novel Lincoln in the Bardo, for the paperback release of his latest book, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. Registration link coming soon!

Event Start Time: 
Saturday, April 30, 2022 - 10:00am
Publish To Home Page: 
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