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Radical Community Bookshop

December 13, 2022 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm The Tank

Join us for the inaugural Radical Community Bookshop, a collaboration featuring three of Chicago’s beloved independent booksellers — Buddy Chicago, Haymarket Books, and Pilsen Community Books.

Browse from a curated selection of art books, literary fiction, and radical critical reading in one of our city’s favorite holiday pop-ups, Happy’s!

Masks are highly encouraged at this event, and will be available for patrons. 


Happy’s is located in the “Tank” on the first floor of CAA. There are ramped entrances to the building on both Michigan Ave. and Madison Ave. entrances, and a ramped entrance into the Happy’s bar area.

Gendered bathrooms are accessible by stairs on the second floor directly above Happy’s. There is a single use, non-gendered bathroom on the 1st floor, and a single use, non-gendered bathroom on the 2nd floor accessible by elevator.

For questions regarding accessibility, please email

Buddy is a shop, a hub for making connections between friends we have and those we have yet to meet. We are committed to giving artists and small manufacturers in Chicago a place to showcase and sell their goods and artworks to a vast audience of Chicagoans and visitors at the Chicago Cultural Center. This collaboration between Public Media Institute and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) furthers both institutions’ goals of providing visibility and opportunities to artists across the Chicagoland area.

Pilsen Community Books is a worker owned and operated independent bookstore that specializes in literary fiction, radical history and politics, and literature in translation. The staff’s goal is to unite their bookselling experience with their belief that labor is entitled to all it produces.

Haymarket Books is a radical, independent publisher based in Chicago. We aim to connect activists, critical scholars, and general readers with the ideas they need in their struggles to change the world.


December 13, 2022 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Tank

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