Curbside Books & Records is a small book and record store located next to Revival Bar | Café. Curated by the staff of award-winning independent press Curbside Splendor Publishing (“Best Chicago Independent Publisher 2014,” Chicago magazine), Curbside Books & Records features a rotating selection of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry from small presses, as well as records and cassettes by Chicago musicians and from independent labels. As publishers and booksellers, we seek to facilitate the discovery of independent literature and challenge the traditional understanding of literature's function in our world. As lovers of music, we seek to support the local musicians and labels that we listen to and love. We also aim to enhance the literary community in Chicago's South Loop by hosting discussions, readings, and pop-up events. We invite you to browse our store, sit down with a book, and read on.
Each month, we'll invite Chicago musicians to curate the record selections, kicking off each new collection with a happy hour discussion at the store. Check out our social media for updates about this and other programming.
Grab tickets in the Loop! We launched our own 16” On Center Box Office at the store. You can buy tickets for upcoming shows at The Empty Bottle, Empty Bottle Presents, Thalia Hall, The Promontory, and SPACE. We will also have a limited amount of tickets for sold out shows reserved especially for our customers!