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After Words Books

View Map23 E. Illinois St., Chicago
Tel: (312) 464-1110
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Editorial Review of After Words Books

In a time when the chain store seems to rule the land, After-Words Books is a breath of fresh air. One of the few used bookstores left in downtown Chicago, this bookseller is ideal for those who appreciate the special service independent booksellers can provide but who want all the conveniences of a chain store.

Can't find what you're looking for? No problem. After-Words will order it for you. Any book, any quantity, any time. Orders will even be sent to your front door.

For the tech savvy, After-Words provides Internet access for an hourly rate. Customers can also access desktop publishing software for a small fee.

The atmosphere is comfy and relaxing, perfect for spending a lazy afternoon browsing or cozying up in one of several seating areas with the perfect book. Used books reside on the lower level and new books make their home upstairs.

The store promises a variety of titles, from the latest bestseller to more unusual titles you might not find anywhere else. For the bargain conscious, After-Words' used books are normally priced at half of the cover price.

Centerstage Reviewer: Venita Griffin

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10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-7 p.m. Sunday

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