9 spectacular story time spots in the city

Calling all little bookworms! Lucky for us, Chicago is filled with awesome story times and storytellers. Combine any of these great storytellers, cozy little spots and a good pair of ears, and you have yourself a perfect story time.

What’s even better than that? Reading time almost every day of the week! The only bummer is no one has a Sunday story hour. But we’ll be on the lookout.


Join Storybook Mom Nili Yelin every Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Little Threads in Roscoe Village. This storytelling maven is sure to entertain and keep everyone, including parents, engaged. Free


One of Chicago’s awesome play spaces, Little Beans Café, hosts story hour every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. This is the perfect spot to mix quiet time with active time. Free with admission

At the Clybourn location of Pottery Barn Kids, every Tuesday at 11 a.m., children have the opportunity to be delighted with beloved stories and join the book club to earn special prizes. Free


On the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 9:30 a.m., join Connie from Barefoot Books at the parent’s haven, Perkolator—a coffee shop that even your kids will enjoy. Free

The amazing, feel-good bookstore Women & Children First has story time every Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. Suggested $1 donation


Play, a child’s paradise of a toy store, hosts a story hour twice a week, every week on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and Thursdays at 3 p.m. Join them for reading, singing and fun galore! Free

At Land of Nod, between North and Clybourn, every Thursday at 11 a.m., your kids can cuddle with stuffed animals as they listen to stories. Free


Enjoy story time at 11 a.m. every Friday hosted by The Book Cellar. If the day is nice, off to Giddings Plaza it is! Don’t forget to bring a blanket. If it’s cold, both kids and parents will enjoy the treasures inside such as coffee, books and more coffee. Free


Join a bookworm’s must-visit retreat, City Lit Books, for reading time and sing-alongs every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Free

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