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Midwest Branch Library This storefront location of the Chicago Public Library has collections in English, Polish, Spanish, and Ukrainian. Arrow 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. Arrow 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. Arrow Mon-Sat noon-8 PM, Sun noon-6 PM, 1931 W. Chicago, 312-423-6774 or —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. Arrow Next event: Tue 5/13, 7:30 PM, Inner Town Pub, 1935 W. Thomas, Free —JL

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