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Midwest Branch Library This storefront location of the Chicago Public Library has collections in English, Polish, Spanish, and Ukrainian. Mon and Wed noon-8 PM, Tue and Thu-Sat 9 AM-5 PM, 2335 W. Chicago, 312-744-7788. —Jerome Ludwig
Revolution Books This nonprofit, volunteer-staffed bookshop has been at its present location since 2000, but for 20 years before that it lived in Wrigleyville. Though the inventory leans heavily to the left, you can find more than just Noam Chomsky and Bob Avakian on the shelves; there are sections for philosophy, history of religion, sociology, and even fiction. The store also hosts author readings, discussions, poetry readings, films, and musical events. Wed-Fri 2-8 PM, Sat noon-8 PM, Sun noon-5 PM, 1103 N. Ashland, 773-489-0930. —JL
Vigilante Press Open since October 2006, this comic-book shop also carries graphic novels, toys, T-shirts, posters, and other genre items. Mon-Sat noon-8 PM, Sun noon-6 PM, 1931 W. Chicago, 312-423-6774 or myspace.com/vigilantepress. —JL
Quickies! This monthly series at the Inner Town Pub (see Bars) offers readings of “very short prose” in which each reader has five minutes to get through a complete original piece—no excerpts. Next event: Tue 5/13, 7:30 PM, Inner Town Pub, 1935 W. Thomas, quickieschicago.blogspot.com. —JL
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