Upcoming events at Powell’s Bookstore

This monthly email newsletter highlights our favorite events, sales, and blog posts. All events take place at 1218 S. Halsted unless otherwise noted. For more information, email litevents@powellschicago.com

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Offering used and bargain books priced at least 40% below retail, Powell’s Books Chicago’s two locations are great places to shop small all year round.
On the 29th, however, we’re thinking BIG-big deals!
-All 2015 calendars-50% off
-Receive a Powell’s long sleeve t-shirt*, with any in store purchase of $10.00 or more
(before tax). Limit one per customer; while supplies last.
*Save with your shirt! Wear it while shopping at Powell’s on the 1st of every month and receive a 20% discount off your purchase.


Saturday, November 29 from 6pm to 8pm, author Michael McCarthy will discuss Chicago’s lost history in his book Ashes Under Water: The SS Eastland and the Shipwreck that Shook America. He takes us back one hundred years to the gritty streets of Chicago and the throaty blast of steamy whistles, unveiling the full story of the tragedy—and its aftermath—for the first time.

The third Friday each month at 6pm, Bad Grammar Theater brings readings from Chicago’s established and rising stars in horror, sci-fi, noir, and fantasy.


Thursday, December 4 at 6:30pm, the Chicago screening Banana Land: Blood, Bullets & Poison with a special Q&A afterward with co-director Diego Lopez! Learn about the health and human rights abuses of workers in the banana industry and what you can do to help.

Admission is FREE, but donations to the film are welcome! Refreshments will be available for a small donation.


Co-author Lori Grove will present Chicago’s Maxwell Street in a slide lecture on Sunday, December 7 at 3:30 p.m. Special attention will be given to the German Schoolhouse featured in the book in this historic neighborhood. Books will be available for sale.


Check out our carefully curated selections of Chicago, art and children’s books. We have Curious George books for young, curious readers, the self-portraits of photographer Lee Friedlander or the paintings of Jakob Lawrence for art lovers, and books on Chicago’s storied past of activism and progressive movements! Click on one of the pictures below to see the list of featured books for that section. Purchase online or visit one of our retail stores.

Holiday Hours for University Village location:
Thursday, November 27: CLOSED for Thanksgiving
Wednesday, December 24: OPEN 9am-4pm
Thursday, December 25: CLOSED for Christmas Day
Wednesday, December 31: OPEN 9am-5pm
Thursday, January 1: OPEN 11am-7pm

Holiday Hours for Hyde Park location:
Thursday, November 27: OPEN 9am-3pm for Thanksgiving
Wednesday, December 24: OPEN 9am-5pm
Thursday, December 25: CLOSED for Christmas Day
Wednesday, December 31: OPEN 9am-5pm
Thursday, January 1: OPEN 11am-7pm

Please note our first of the month sale for January will be on both January 1st and 2nd
Powell’s Bookstores, Chicago has been recycling ideas in Chicago to the world for the over 40 years. We have two independent retail stores, one in Hyde Park and one in University Village, each with well over a quarter million quality used, rare, and discounted books. We primarily specialize in academic and scholarly books, such as ancient and medieval history, philosophy, and theology, but also have extensive general interest sections, including fiction, children’s books, poetry, art, architecture, design and photography, and cookbooks and crafts.