The Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce is holding its 5th Annual Librarian Pub Crawl to support Open Books today, Saturday, May 17, 2014. The event begins at The Book Cellar at 4736-38 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60625 at 4:00 p.m.
The admission fee is $5 at the door. The Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce and The Book Cellar state, “By paying the entrance fee, you will receive a wristband at the start of the pub crawl. The wristband entitles you to special discounts and giveaways throughout the night.”
The five pubs in question are Hansa Clipper, Ricochet’s, Bad Dog, Gannon’s, and Wild Goose Bar. In previous years, participants rode on buses from public house to public house, but this year participants are on foot. Rebecca Makkai, authoress of The Borrower, will be the special guest.
In a DNAinfo Chicago article/blog post about upcoming events on the North Side, Patty Welty wrote, “If you see Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes strolling along Lincoln Avenue on Saturday surrounded by a bunch of good-looking women wearing glasses and their hair pulled back into a tight bun, you've likely stumbled onto the Book Cellar's fifth annual Librarian Pub Crawl.”
Open Books, Ltd. is a non-profit organization that operates the Open Books River North Bookstore, located at 213 West Institute Place, to fund literacy campaigns, as detailed in its 2012-13 Annual Report and in statistics listed on the “Impact” Web page. The Open Books River North Bookstore has over 70,000 donated books, including over 10,000 children’s books.
It is open from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays and from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. The phone number there is (312) 475-1355 extension 100. In 2012, Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz recounted in the Chicago Tribune that Stacy Ratner founded Open Books in her home in 2006 and opened the River North Bookstore (with the charity’s administrative office on the top floor) in 2009.
The organization has a second facility, Open Books Pilsen, a warehouse with a bookshop located at 905 West 19th Street in Pilsen on the West Side of Chicago. Open Books states this “is the center for all book operations, including processing, pickup coordination, online commerce, and book grants. This location also includes a store where the public, particularly educators and families, have direct purchasing access to a large stock of assorted specially priced books. Prices start as low as $1 per book; leveled books are available for $3 per book. As always, all proceeds help support our literacy programs in Chicago.”
The Book Cellar is open from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sundays and Tuesdays and from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The phone number there is (773) 293-2665.
The Book Cellar essentially takes the concept of the bookshop-cum-coffeehouse and substitutes a wine bar for the coffeehouse component. They state, “What could be a better combination than books, wine by the glass, cozy couches and delicious café fare? Browse for the books you love to read at The Book Cellar in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood, an independent bookstore featuring books by first time authors, local authors and more. The Book Cellar welcomes book clubs and discussion groups.”