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Quimby's Bookstore Celebrates 25th Anniversary in Wicker Park

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Quimby’s Bookstore first opened their doors on September 15, 1991. Twenty five years ago! Back then the store was a tiny shop located on the corner of Damen and Evergreen that brought independent DIY zines, books and comics to Wicker Park. Two and a half decades later, the store continues to offer subversive printed matter in a creative artistic environment. 

And tonight in celebration of their 25th anniversary, Quimby’s is proud to welcome founder Steven Svymbersky
. Svymbersky will present a history of zines and underground comics as well as sharing memories of his years as a zine publisher and the early days of Quimby’s Bookstore.

Tonight's celebration will take place from 7pm to 9pm in the store now located at 1854 W. North Avenue. In honor of their anniversary they're offering an exclusive Chris Ware print celebrating their anniversary, the release of a printed store history with stories and graphics, a commemorative t-shirt by artist Gabby Schulz, an artisanal Marz Community Brewing Quimby’s beer with a specially designed label by Chicago artist Laura Park and more surprises.

This event also kicks off Wicker Park & West Town Lit Fest’s second year, which celebrates the neighborhoods’ literary past and present. Events around Wicker Park and West Town include a story slam, book swap, workshops, author readings and signings and more. For additional information about Lit Fest head to their website at www.wwlitfest.com.

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