This independent, experimental library is one of Chicago’s most unique venues – and it’s now available for your event. Your guests will feel right at home, surrounded by the most eclectic collection of Chicago-crafted books, newspapers, magazines, comics, zines, artist books, journals, plans, novels, chapbooks, and cookbooks. Our 1,600 square foot space has been called “cozy and welcoming” by the Chicago Reader, and yet can easily accommodate corporate retreats, meetings, readings, performances, parties, meetups, and more. It’s also an ideal backdrop for film and television projects and even intimate weddings. Designed to be flexible, most of our furniture folds or can be moved out entirely to customize your experience. We can accommodate up to 130 with seating and 80 otherwise. Our space is wheelchair accessible and offers two gender neutral restrooms. We are committed to creating safe and accessible spaces and will work to accommodate the needs of your group. Amenities include air conditioning, fireplace, 2 large whiteboards, projector, back porch & yard, conference table, ~25 chairs, 23 folding chairs with desks, mini fridge, and microwave.
Due to our residential neighbors, no loud music or drumming is permitted. While we do not offer food and beverage packages, you are welcome to contract with your own caterer who may use our catering-compliant small kitchen, or encourage your guests to BYOB. If you need recommendations in the neighborhood we're happy to assist! Furniture can be moved if pre-planned with the host. Trash must be taken out at the end of your booking, and placed in the bins in the alley. No smoking, weapons or pets. All proceeds from our fees support the operations of our 501c3 nonprofit. Our fellow nonprofits – ask about our sliding scale pricing!
Nell’s space was perfect for our intimate wedding celebration. We were able to have plenty of time to set up and were even able to bring some decorations ahead of time. The flexibility was so appreciated!
Nell, the space Owner and Operator, truly went above and beyond to assist and accommodate me in planning for and the execution of my special day! My guests loved it and loved the cozy feeling and good vibes. It was like we had Kurt own little library for a day, which was perfect for a "Book Launch"!! I highly recommend this space! They were also very flexible with the set-up time and are a Non-Profit so, your proceeds funnel back into the Organization and help Chicago! Thank you again Nell for all the little touches, flexibility, and focus on even the small details. You rock and so does your space! Thank you again!!