Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery

Store Hours

Monday — CLOSED

Tuesday to Sunday—

NOON to 7:00PM

515 N Halsted St

Chicago, IL 60642


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Semicolon Bookstore + Gallery is available for event space rental.

We act as a venue for performances, workshops, gallery shows, book groups, game nights, and more. Interested in hosting with us? The shop is available to rent for public and private events. If you have any questions, reach out to our Event Space Coordinator at

All events are required to have a three-hour minimum. Rental rates vary.  Deposit is half of estimate and due to secure date. Remainder must be paid 2 weeks before event. Set-up, breakdown, staff, and promotion isn't included in the rate unless noted. There is a capacity of 100 in our main gallery which includes the book gallery, reading room, and children's room.

In the gallery space, the capacity is 50. There are bathrooms on the upper and lower level. 

base Rental Rates

  • $600 is our Buyout fee for event rental space during operation hours that includes 6 hours including set-up and breakdown

  • $450 is our rate for events happening after store hours (6:00pm to 10:00pm) which includes 3 hours and 1 hour for set-up and breakdown 

  • $350 is our rate for events happening on sunday and monday when we are closed. events can be booked between (9am-10pm) with a 3 hour minimum which doesn't include set-up and breakdown.

  • $300 is our special rate for self-published authors. authors can host readings, releases, and signings Sundays and Mondays or after operation hours at this rate. promotion is included.

additional rates

  • $80 an hour for anything past minimum required