Chicago's only black woman-owned bookstore and gallery space.
First, we want to thank you all for supporting Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery. The safety and health of our community is a priority so we will be closed to the public in compliance with the City of Chicago. Our doors will be closed until April 7, 2020, tentatively. Check back here and follow us Instagram and Facebook for updates.
Since we are a black woman-owned small independent bookstore and gallery here in Chicago, we ask for your continued support by shopping through our online bookstore where we have applied a 10% discount to all titles.
We appreciate your continue support during this time.
A Note From
"Here we are, 8 months into this journey that had no viable beginning, no plans for how we’d function, and no end game in sight. I didn’t use the statistics or market plans that I was told to-I’ve kinda just built the ‘business’ around whatever feels good to me (which I do NOT recommend). Somehow, it’s worked and will continue working thanks to your unwavering support. I am grateful for the little community we’ve built in our space in West Town. I am grateful for the random conversations, the notes of affirmation, and the plethora of people who stop by ‘just to see what we’re all about’. I am grateful for the authors and artists who continue to make our space outstanding and the genuine love that pours in from visitors of all backgrounds. If you’re still reading, let this act as your reminder that action is the ONLY catalyst for change. We’ll never be completely ready, but getting to the other side of our dreams, our plans, and ourselves cannot be accomplished without taking that first step forward. Let’s continue to support the magic, the finesse, and the audacity of Black women in all their glory ."
- DL Mullen
Help us #ClearTheShelves
with CPS Students
We were created with one thing in mind: community
We are committed to having a direct impact in raising literacy rates in Chicago and beyond. We do this through our consistent effort to support CPS school through direct donations in the form of books. In this time of
uncertainty, we want to give the gift of hope moving forward through #changingthenarrative.
On April 24, 2020, we are inviting CPS students to the store to
#cleartheshelves. Our hope is that they will happily take every book
we have. In our efforts, we are raising $25,000.