Welcome to After-words Bookstore


After-Words Bookstore


After-words is one of the few independent bookstores left in downtown Chicago. Our two floors house a hand-curated collection of over 70,000 new and used volumes.


We feature a wide variety of fiction, literature, poetry, and children’s books. We feature books by local authors and about local history, art and architecture.  This is a just a small snapshot of our full collection.


A partial listing of our used book inventory may be browsed online at: External link opens in new tab or windowBIBLIO.COM


After-words can also special order books and try to find any out-of-print titles that our customers may be interested in locating. Any book may be shipped anywhere in the world, five days a week. Our staff is committed to finding whatever edition you are looking for on your budget.



Our space is available for special events, including book signings, readings, and lectures. Rental space is available year round for private parties. We are also equipped to sell books at off-site events. So if you have an author speaking to your group, we are happy to bring the books to you.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THESE SERVICES, CLICK HERE.