Thursday, October 8, 2020

City Lit Books Closing

Sad news: City Lit Books, in Logan Square, will be closing on December 1st.

I have chosen to operate this business through some pretty difficult times and barely breaking even because engaging with the community was so exciting and enjoyable every day. Now, in the time of the pandemic, we have been reduced to an order fulfillment business with precious little customer interaction. In spite of incredible community support, revenues have fallen dramatically. Supporting an order fulfillment center is simply not sustainable, financially or emotionally.

You can read the entirety of Teresa's statement on their blog.

This is personally crushing—City Lit has been my main bookstore the entire time I've lived in Chicago, and I was introduced to my wife through their Weird & Wonderful book club—and also understandable, a shoe I've feared dropping for many beloved small businesses right now. With the relocation of Uncharted Books last year, it leaves Logan Square book-store-less.

Quique Rodriguez, coordinator for Weird & Wonderful, is committed to continuing the book club, which has been meeting virtually since March.

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