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Street Named In Honor Of Women and Children First Bookstore

Women_Children_First2The city of Chicago is designating a block of the street located at Farragut and Clark as “Women and Children First” as an honor to the contributions and commitment the local and independent bookstore has had on the community.  On Oct. 11, 10 a.m. there will be a short ceremony just outside the store to recognize the new name for the portion of the block, with a meet and greet for the new owners of the bookstore directly following. This brief ceremony will serve as a kickoff to the Andersonville Arts Weekend Celebration that will be happening at local businesses.

“It is so very gratifying to have created a business that has not only given us satisfying work for 35 years but also will continue to be here in the long-term future. The street sign is a promise to the new owners that the book store will be here to stay,” says previous owner Linda Bubon.

The store was owned and operated by Linda Bubon and Ann Christopherson for 35 years and has recently been passed on to previous employees Sarah Hollenbeck and Lynn Mooney. Women and Children First is not just a major staple in the Andersonville community, they are nationally recognized for being a feminist bookstore, an LGBTQ bookstore, and one of the few independent bookstores that has thrived despite the turn to digital and technology devices.

Back in the 80’s the Chicago City Council passed a municipal law called the Honorary Street Name Ordinance in which streets can have an unofficial title that honors community members or organizations that have had an influential presence in their neighborhood. These street names are found on brown signage just below the larger green signage.

We couldn’t be more proud of this honorary tribute to Women and Children First, and we look forward to the bookstore’s next chapter!


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