|Uncharted Books owner, Tanner McSwain. © W. Tanner Young 2012|
|Uncharted Books logo.|
Logan Square's very own used book store happily occupies the 1,300 square foot storefront at 2630 N Milwaukee Ave, just steps from the Logan Square blue line stop. Pulled straight from the Kickstarter page, where a total of $12,532 was raised to help offset opening costs, McSwain explains his concept for the store:
"We're an independent used bookstore specializing in literature, vintage classics, queer and gender studies, and local interests. We host open salons for writers, storytellers, artists, and students. We encourage browsing, loitering, chit-chatting, socializing, drinking, eating, writing, working, hanging out, and staying in. We want to be your bookstore – Logan Square’s, the north side’s, and Chicago’s."
Between labor hours from contractor friends, volunteers assisting in alphabetizing and shelving books, the final clean up event, and a preview event for Kickstarter supporters, Uncharted Books was a physical community hub before even opening their doors to the public. Additionally, McSwain is constantly fostering an digital community through social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr; No comment, tweet, ask or email goes unanswered.
Interested in being part of the community? Stop by Uncharted Books! Hours of operations are as follows:
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday-Friday: 12pm – 8pm
- Saturday-Sunday : 11am – 9pm