We are a third place.
The first is home. The second is work.
Here, the community is welcome to engage and share, face to face.



We believe in giving back. That is why we support the mission of the 501(c)3 non-profit kibbitznest by providing charitable, educational, and literary benefits to the public by being a third place. Third places are crucial for creating a community where creative, sensitive, and intellectual discourse is practiced.  

As a bookstore, our patrons are surrounded by liberal arts books, used and new. We are a place where the theoretical concepts explored at kibbitznest can come alive in practice, much like the intellectually stimulating literary salons of days past.

As a bookbar, we encourage the the use of our comfy chairs and couches as well as communal tables where patrons can socialize while enjoying a glass of wine, a craft cocktail, Irish coffee, one of our 35 craft beers and more. We also have a little nosh such as, chips and salsa, hummus plate, Chicago style JUMBO hot dogs, imported cheese and crackers, a luscious Johnson’s Real Ice Cream cone and more.

As a proudly wifi-free zone, we ask that laptop computers remain in their carrying cases 90% of the time, and cell phones are used to take lots of pictures of the fun you are having with the games you are playing and to text everyone you know to come on over! ... then put it away for a while and enjoy your surroundings and/or the company of your fellow humans. Kibbitznest is not anti-tech, just LOW tech ... that's all. When you leave, knock yourself out posting the great pictures you took at the kibbitznest!  

Come play games, write letters on our typewriters, play foosball, peruse the great books & gifts and connect with other humans-face to face!! 

House Rules

Be kind. Dig deep. Search for answers. Hold no agendas (we don't know anything) accept an open mind and curiosity. Ask questions gently. Listen fairly. Talk face-to-face. Put away your phone and laptop. Use combustible media (easier to ignite ideas). Tell stories. Laugh freely. Refrain from shouting. Remember that everyone here matters (even you).