After-words is one of the few independent bookstores left in downtown Chicago. Our 8,000 square feet on two floors house a huge collection of over 55,000 new and used volumes.

We feature a wide variety of fiction, literature, poetry, and children’s books. We also carry art and photography books, cookbooks, local books, history books, health and healing and new age/occult books – among many other categories.


Our space is available for special events, including book signings, readings, and lectures. We also rent the space for private parties during certain seasons. We are equipped to sell books at off-site events as well.

Mon-Thurs 10:30a-10p
Fri 10:30a-11p
Sat 10a-11p
Sun 12-7p