Bec

Three things I like: breakfast food, mountains, and the sound of automatic doors opening

Currently Reading: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

$17.00
ISBN-13: 9780316199988
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 4/2014

This is a tale about an imaginary friend waiting to be imagined by a child. It's an adorable story about finding your place in the world & making friendships that fit you you are.

--Bec 


$7.95
ISBN-13: 9780618492398
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Mariner Books, 8/2004

This story is about the "green and crazy summer" during which 12 year old Frankie "belonged to no club" and "hung around in doorways." I usually love stories with child protagonists and McCullers depicts the end of childhood so well.

Also, the descriptions of summer are so vivid that I always feel like it's summer, no matter what the weather's like.

--Bec 


Batwoman: Elegy (Paperback)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781401231460
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Published: DC Comics, 6/2011

I love staring at the art in this series. I think I actually got tangled up once in Batwoman's hair just by reading this. The storyline and characters are well developed, and this is a great book to introduce the series. 

--Bec 


$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780544002234
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Published: Mariner Books, 4/2013

This memoir is in the form of a graphic novel and is beautifully illustrated in shades of red and grey. Bechdel uses classic literature, psychological studies, and her own keen insight to explore and better understand her relationship with her mother, and, in the process, better understand herself.

--Bec

P.S. Bechdel's Fun Home is also amazing!


Claire

 

Three things I like: succulent gardens, exploitative reality TV shows, and making lists of threes.

Currently reading: Empire of the Summer Moon, by S C Gwynne.  

Einstein's Dreams (Paperback)

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781400077809
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Published: Vintage, 11/2004

Lightman explores differenent ideas of "time" in the most lovely book. Reading this book feels like a dream upon waking-- hard to remember and packed with strange and beautiful things.

--Claire 


$21.50
ISBN-13: 9780743236720
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Published: Scribner, 10/2013

Andrew Solomon investigates horizontal identities. This book is for anone not a carbon-copy of their parents (so, everyone). Nonfiction that reads like literature-- often heartbreaking, always illuminating!

--Claire 


$17.00
ISBN-13: 9780143038580
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Published: Penguin Books, 9/2007

I read this book maybe annually and then am unable to eat anything (animal or vegetable) guilt-free for the next 6 months--until I forget it all, and eat everything in happy forgetful ignorance.  But really, read this book.  It makes me wish i had a garden.

-Claire- 


Danielle

 
Three things I like: soccer, swords, and sandwiches. 
 
Currently reading: Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell
$9.99
ISBN-13: 9781442426412
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 12/2010

This AMAZING series is what made me fall in love with books! It's the story of a girl who disguises herself as a boy in order to follow her dreams and become a knight. These books are packed with action, adventure, the drive to overcome adversity, and just the right amount of MAGIC!!

--Danielle 


Steelheart (Hardcover)

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780385743563
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Published: Delacorte Press, 9/2013

A world full of superpowers, but no heroes... Set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago, the city is ruled by the most notorious and powerful Epic (as the superpowered are known), Steelheart. One ordinary boy, David, has a plan to take down Steelheart and stop the Epics' reign over humanity. This is an action-packed ride that grabs you from the start, keeps you guessing, and leaves you wanting more.

--Danielle 


Rush (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780062192134
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Katherine Tegen Books, 6/2013

The Game:  Book One is a well written sci-fi-esque young adult novel.  It's a fast paced action packed story with description that will pull you in and leave you wanting more.  I would love to give a detailed synopsis of the story line but it would ruin half of the fun of reading the book.  While it's not necessarily post apocalyptic, fans of the genre will love it!  This book will keep you guessing until the very end and you won't be disappointed.

 -Danielle- 


Heather

  

Three things I like: red meat, Nintendo, my bed .

Currently Reading:  Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

 

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780679728757
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Vintage, 5/1992

Terrifying.  McCarthy didn't just change the novel of the American West, he changed the novel period.  The only way this book could be more frightening is if it were written in blood.

-Heather- 


Jon

 
Three things I like:  all things spicy, all things tiny, crossword puzzles over coffee.
 
 

Airships (Paperback)

$14.00
ISBN-13: 9780802133885
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Grove Press, 3/1994

The south has rarely been portrayed with such tenderness, violence and humor as in the works of Barry Hannah.  "Airships", Hannah's first collection of stories, stands out as some of his funniest.  From the Civil War to the Vietnam War; from teenagers fighting in a cemetery to old men making up stories by the lake--Hannah captures a brief history of the South in all its grit and glory.

-Jon- 


Karrie

 

Three things I like: scuba diving, Indian food, and Moroccan Riads.

Currently reading: The Circle, by Dave Eggers 

Q: A Novel (Paperback)

$13.99
ISBN-13: 9780062015839
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks, 8/2011

I chose this book because I was in the mood for a love story, but I was pleasantly surprised to find much more. This novel is an intelligently written and engrossing take on time travel and the dilemna of choice-making. Mandery explores the possibility of controlling the outcome of your life while still maintaining purpose. Worth a read!

--Karrie 


$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780770436407
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hogarth, 5/2013

I usually struggle with plots that move back and forth through space and time, but this book flowed unlike any I've ever read.  It is beautifully written and very moving.  You'll also learn a lot about Chechnya.

-Karrie- 


Peter

Three things I like: magic, whimsy, and sports. 

Currently reading: Evolution Man: Or, How I Ate My Father by Roy Lewis

Raising Steam (Hardcover)

$26.95
ISBN-13: 9780385538268
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Published: Doubleday, 3/2014

You would think that a series would risk going stale after 39 titles (particularly when the author has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's), but you'd be wrong. The 40th entry in Pratchett's Discworld is as good as it gets. 

See me with any Discworld queries.

--Pete 


$27.00
ISBN-13: 9781455521586
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Published: Grand Central Publishing, 9/2013
Not just a fascinating account of Moyer's extraordiary career, but also a glimpse into pitching itself; and what it takes to win in the Big Leagues with a 49 year old fastball.

Ready Player One (Paperback)

$14.00
ISBN-13: 9780307887443
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Published: Broadway Books, 4/2012

Hey, remember the 80s? 

In the early 2040s, the more you know your 1980s pop culture, the better your chances are of becoming a billionaire. James Halliday, product of the garish decade, earned a vast fortune by revolutionizing the web into the OASIS-- a virtual reality universe. Now, Halliday has died and left behind no family and no heir-- just a winner-take-all scavenger hunt inside his OASIS which transforms a generation into obscure 80s pop culture reference scholars.

Fun even for non-80s Geeks.

--Peter 


Riley

Three things I like:  eggs, hiphop, and frisbee.
 
 
 
$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780143123262
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Published: Penguin Books, 3/2014

Bolaño, Poe, and Kafka chained naked to a wall in a hole. There is no light. They are being tortured. Instead of confessions, their tormentors demand stories. The tales they scream from the darkness resemble those in The Corpse Exhibition.

Hassan Blasim's stories sound the depths of human misery and evil (much deeper than you thought), probe the transient line between Magic and Madness, and ask "can Literature really save anything?" I read these stories with dread and wonder. I want to say they're ultimately hopeful.

There is no hope, but I think, maybe, there is Art.

--Riley 


Warlock (Paperback)

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781590171615
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Published: NYRB Classics, 11/2005

Well now, this Oakley Hall feller's gone n writ himself a dang good book! I tell ya, Warlock sucked me in like a deep patch of mud sucks up yer boot. It's got heroes n guns n workin men n frontiers men all workin out-- well, tryin ta work out-- them big questions long troublin this here country of ours.

 


$24.00
ISBN-13: 9781555976514
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Published: Graywolf Press, 9/2013

Sooo you've read Tenth of December, and now you need something to fill that void.

Ok. I present to you Kevin Barry, in my opinion, one of the most exciting new writers working in the English langauge. In Dark Lies the Island, Barry, like Saunders, probes the mundanity of everyday life-- peeling away the facades we so carefully build to feign normalcy and revealing uncomfortable, often painful, realities of "normal life," or, sometimes, glimmers of hope where there seemed only darkness. He is a writer to watch.

 


$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780062041289
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Published: Ecco, 2/2012

Eli and Charlie Sisters kill people. They are very good. But Eli is having something of a mid-life crisis; just because you're good at something, does that mean you're meant to do it? 

Patrick deWitt's novel has everything you could ask of a Western-- wit, violence, treasure. The only trouble is, it moves so fast, it's easy to overlook the fact deWitt is doing some pretty big things, too.

 


The Black Book (Paperback)

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9781400078653
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Published: Vintage, 7/2006

 

Anyone who cares about, or thinks about, Art or Literature will find in Black Book a profound and lyrical love letter. But it's also about love and coping and lines--the lines between individuals (is there such a thing?), between Truth and story, between writer, reader, narrator, character--or the dissolving of lines. When you finish, you will feel as though you've undergone some strange mitosis and meiosis, dividing and reassembling with some unexpected pieces.

 


Sky

Three things I like: Derrick Rose's crossover, heist-related film and literature, and the Red Dead Redemption soundtrack.

Currently Reading: Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto Burning Down the House by Charles BaxterThe King in Yellow by Robert Chambers, Correction by Thomas Bernhard

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780307279415
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Vintage, 5/2013

The single most useful book on writing I've ever read and I've read an embarrassing number of them.

--Sky 


Dr. Bloodmoney (Paperback)

$13.95
ISBN-13: 9780547572529
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Mariner Books, 10/2012

Mariner Books has done its civic duty by reissuing PKD's entire archive in beautiful editions and giving second life to a few of his more obscure titles. Imagined as an unofficial sequel to Dr. Strangelove, Dr. Bloodmoney's post-bomb America is a toxic country populated by a human race deeply effected both emotionally and genetically by fallout. Centered around the man responsible for the planet-wide catastrophe, Dr. Bloodmoney himself, the novel terrified me in a way all great sci-fi should: because the world feels all too real. Also, Roberto Bolaño called it a "masterpiece," so that's something.

--Sky 


The Luminaries (Hardcover)

$27.00
ISBN-13: 9780316074315
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Little, Brown and Company, 10/2013
Just fun, excellent storytelling. The scope and structure of the plot is amazingly executed. At 28 years old, Catton understands things about fiction that most contemporary writers can only gesture towards. Back when I read her debut novel, I knew she was good, but I didn't know she was this good. She makes all other working writers look lazy as hell.

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780307947512
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Vintage, 6/2013

I have complicated feelings about Dave Eggers. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius was important to me in my early 20s, and was a gateway to larger literary drugs, but he's become a symbol of an overexposed literary movement. BUT, with A Hologram for the King, he has matured into a damn fine storyteller. The language reflects his influences (think a flowery Hemingway and a hopeful Beckett), the structure is gently complex, and even though nothing really happens (which is kinda the point) the plot clicks along at a strangely quick pace. Dave Eggers is a relevant fiction writer again and accomplishes what Franzen only promises.

 --Sky 


$14.95
ISBN-13: 9780393320039
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 10/1999

So, you wanna be a novelist, huh? Well, this is pretty much required reading for you then. If you're looking for all the magic answers they will not be found in this book. Gardner offers wisdom, honesty, and spiritual instruction to the young writer full of self-doubt. Garnder doesn't sugar coat the writing life and tells you all the things you needed to hear but were too afraid to admit to yourself. The truth you learn from Gardner will discourage you at first but like all great truths, it will lift you up.

-Sky- 


Suzy T

Three things I like:  animals, traveling, golf 
 
 
 
 

The Watch (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780307955913
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Hogarth, 3/2013

The watch was one of my favorite fiction reads last year.  The story describes a sentinel event for the characters during the Afghan war.  Each chapter tells the same event from a different characters point of view.  My heart raced and pounded as if I were present.

-Suzy- 


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  • Essay Fiesta!!

    10/20/2014 7:00 pm
    America/Chicago

     

    Essay Fiesta takes over The Book Cellar once again for an evening of Live Lit. Get here early to grab a seat and grab a drink! All donations go to 826Chicago!

    Location: 
    Street:
    4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
    City:
    Chicago
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    Province:
    Illinois
    Postal Code:
    60625
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    United States
  • **OFFSITE** Aaron Christensen, "Hidden Horror" @ Sulzer Library

    10/20/2014 7:00 pm
    America/Chicago
    Aaron Christensen visits the Sulzer Library at 7 p.m. with a Halloween treat: he'll be sharing his newest book, Hidden Horror: A Celebration of 101 Underrated and Overlooked Fright Flicks.

    Dr. AC is back, with a brand new compendium of essays from the brightest and bloodiest aficionados around the globe. 101 informed enthusiasts pay homage to their favorite overlooked creature features, moldy oldies and trashy treats, showcasing silent classics (The Man Who Laughs, The Hands of Orlac) and trippy mind-benders (Possession, The Tenant), schlocky shockers (The Gore Gore Girls, The Horror of Party Beach) and foreign freakouts (Ichi the Killer, Santa Sangre). You'll be combing your queue and video shelves to track down every last one! Discover the Horror...Hidden Horror.
     

    $17.95
    ISBN-13: 9780991127900
    Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
    Published: Kitley's Krypt, 12/2013

    Location: 
    Street:
    Sulzer Regional Library
    Additional:
    4455 N. Lincoln Avenue
    City:
    Chicago
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    Province:
    Illinois
    Postal Code:
    60625
    Country:
    United States
  • **OFFSITE** Veronica Roth and Garth Nix @ Athenaeum Theatre

    10/20/2014 7:00 pm
    America/Chicago

     

    Printers Row presents best-selling authors Veronica Roth and Garth Nix in discussion with Chicago Tribune columnist and author Jenniffer Weigel about their new books, Four: A Divergent Collection and Clariel, respectively, and about what it’s like to write their beloved series for adventurous young readers around the world. Roth’s Four: A Divergent Collection was released in July and Nix’s Clariel will be released in October. This Printers Row event will be a rare occasion to meet and hear from both authors on the same stage. Click here for tickets ($20 in advance, $22 at door)!

     

     

    Veronica Roth is the No. 1 New York Times best-selling author of the Divergent series with over 20 million copies sold. Her next book, Four: A Divergent Collection, was released in early July. Now a full-time writer, Roth and her husband call the Chicago area home. You can visit her online at veronicarothbooks.com.

    Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia. A full-time writer since 2001, he previously worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Nix’s books include the award-winning young adult fantasy novels Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen. His fantasy novels for children include The Ragwitch, the Seventh Tower series, The Keys to the Kingdom series, the Troubletwisters series, and Spirit Animals: Blood Ties, co-written with Sean Williams. Nix’s next book, Clariel, is a prequel to the Old Kingdom trilogy and is set to be released in October. More than 5 million copies of his books have been sold around the world.


    Four (Hardcover)

    $17.99
    ISBN-13: 9780062345219
    Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
    Published: Katherine Tegen Books, 7/2014

    $18.99
    ISBN-13: 9780061561559
    Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
    Published: HarperCollins, 10/2014

    Location: 
    Street:
    The Athenaeum Theatre
    Additional:
    2936 N Southport Avenue
    City:
    Chicago
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    Province:
    Illinois
    Postal Code:
    60657
    Country:
    United States
  • Hannah Pittard, "Reunion" and Will Boast, "Epilogue"

    10/22/2014 7:00 pm
    America/Chicago

    Hannah Pittard, author of the acclaimed The Fates Will Find Their Way, visits the Book Cellar to celebrate her second novel, Reunion.

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    Sitting on a plane five minutes before her flight is set to take off, Kate Pulaski, failed screenwriter and newly failed wife with scarcely a hundred dollars to her name, learns that her estranged father has killed himself. It’s a voicemail, and as she listens to it a second time, more shocked than saddened by the news, she realizes her speakerphone is on and everyone around her has just heard the news as well. With her marriage falling apart, returning to her birthplace along with her many half-siblings and most of her father's five former wives – a striking reminder of his infidelity – is the last thing Kate wants to do.  But the one certain thing in her life is Kate’s rock-solid relationship with her siblings, so when they ask her to join them in Atlanta, for a final farewell, she reluctantly agrees.


    Written with huge heart and bracing wit, Reunion takes place over the following four days, as family secrets are revealed, personal foibles are exposed, and Kate – an inveterate liar looking for a way to come clean – slowly begins to acknowledge the overwhelming similarities between herself and the man she never thought she'd claim as an influence, much less a father. As a thirty-something in a stalled career, wrestling with issues of debt, fidelity, honesty and just starting to come to terms with a future nothing like what she imagined, Kate is a relatable mess.  As she reassesses what defines family, Kate starts to see how the certainty of knowing someone completely can blind you to the ways they change over time.  Hannah Pittard's "engaging and vigorous" (Chicago Tribune) prose masterfully illuminates the problems that can divide modern families – and the ties that prove impossible to break.

     

    Joining Hannah is author Will Boast with his newly released memoir, Epilogue.

     

     

     

     

    What looked like the end turned out to be a new beginning. Having already lost his mother and only brother, twenty-four-year-old Will Boast finds himself absolutely alone when his father dies of alcoholism. Numbly sttling the matters of his father's estate, Boast is deep inside his gried when he stumbles upon documents revealing a secret his father had intended to keep: He'd had another family before Will's-a widfe and two sons in England. 

     

    Moving between the Midwest and England, from scenes of his youth to the tentative discovery of his new family, Boast writes with visceral beauty about grief, memory, and his slow and tender journey toward forgiveness and healing. With the piercing gaze of a novelist, Boast transforms the pain and confusion of his family history into an achingly poignant portrait of resilience, revising the stories he’s inherited to refashion both his British past and his American present. Heartbreaking and luminous, Epilogue is the stunning account of a young man’s struggle to understand all that he has lost and found, and to forge a new life for himself along the way. 

     

    Reunion (Hardcover)

    $25.00
    ISBN-13: 9781455553617
    Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
    Published: Grand Central Publishing, 10/2014

    Epilogue (Hardcover)

    $25.95
    ISBN-13: 9780871403810
    Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
    Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 9/2014

    Location: 
    Street:
    4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
    City:
    Chicago
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    Province:
    Illinois
    Postal Code:
    60625
    Country:
    United States
  • **OFFSITE** Grace Helbig at The Vic Theater

    10/23/2014 6:30 pm
    America/Chicago

    Come see comedian, actress, and YouTube sensation Grace Helbig at The Vic! Her new book, Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grown Up will be available 

     

    Grace Helbig is the winner of the People’s Choice Webby Award for Best First Person Format and the Streamy Award for Personality of the Year and Best First-Person Series.  Helbig has been named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, Forbes’ 30 under 30, Variety magazine’s top 10 comics to watch in 2014, Time magazine’s 140 Best Twitter feeds, and BuzzFeed’s 11 Awesome Up-and-Coming Funny Ladies You Should Know. With more than 1.8 million subscribers and 150 million views on her YouTube channel, a Grace Helbig event is sure to draw a gigantic crowd! 

     

    This is a ticketed event---please visit The Vic's website for tickets and more information.  

     

     

    $17.99
    ISBN-13: 9781476788005
    Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
    Published: Simon & Schuster, 10/2014

    Location: 
    Street:
    3145 N Sheffield
    City:
    Chicago
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    Province:
    Illinois
    Postal Code:
    60657
    Country:
    United States
  • David Bell, "Forgotten Girl"

    10/24/2014 7:00 pm
    America/Chicago

    David Bell drops by the Book Cellar to share his thriller The Forgotten Girl

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    Jason Danvers intensely remembers the important people who have left his life. His best friend from high school, Logan Shaw, left town and never came back after fighting with Jason on the eve of their graduation 27 years ago. And his sister, Hayden, lost contact with their family years later as her life spiraled out of control with alcohol addiction.

    But now, in The Forgotten Girl, Hayden suddenly reappears on Jason’s doorstep, clean and sober but desperate. She explains she has important personal business to attend to and implores Jason and his wife to temporarily take in her teenage daughter, Sierra. But Hayden doesn’t come back for the girl in 48 hours, as promised, and everyone worries that she has relapsed. Eventually her car is located—full of bloodstains—causing Jason to fear the worst. Little does he know how bad things will get.

    When a body is discovered in the woods, the mysteries of his sister’s life—and possible death—deepen. And one by one these events will shatter every expectation Jason has ever had about families, about the awful truths that bind them and the secrets that should be taken to the grave.

    David Bell has crafted another smart, suspenseful novel that proves why Suspense Magazine has called him “One of the brightest and best crime fiction writers of our time.” 

     

    The Forgotten Girl (Paperback)

    $15.00
    ISBN-13: 9780451417527
    Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
    Published: NAL Trade, 10/2014

    Location: 
    Street:
    4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
    City:
    Chicago
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    Province:
    Illinois
    Postal Code:
    60625
    Country:
    United States
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