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Canceled - Stories, Sheet Music & Hodge the Cat

A uniquely Atlas goodbye party for one purr-fect bookstore.

We apologize my explorer friend but due to unforseen event this program has been canceled.

Thirty-three years of stories permeate the walls and bookshelves of Selected Works Used Books & Sheet Music, located on the second floor of Chicago's distinctive Fine Arts Building. While patrons have long adored the shop for its iconic, floor-to-ceiling stacks of ancient texts, vintage pulp novellas, and contemporary works, many have found themselves returning for yet another chance to pet the store's elusive feline, Hodge.

Join Atlas Obscura two weeks before the doors to this extraordinary bookstore close for good for a party featuring musical entertainment, readings, beverages, snacks, discounted books, and a chance to pick up a copy of The Secret Life of Hodge, the Bookstore Cat, signed by author Suzanne Eurfurth and store owner Keith Peterson.


  • We'll be meeting at the Selected Works Books & Music store on the 2nd floor. The historic elevators in this building are some of the only ones in the city still run by operators, so be sure to take those to the building's second floor.
  • Event is 18+
  • The event has limited ADA access. 
  • Wear your comfortable cocktail attire and bring your cameras!
  • This ticket is non-refundable, but you can transfer it by following this handy Eventbrite tutorial.

About Patti Swanson

Patti Swanson is an architectural historian, educator, preservation enthusiast, and bookbinder living in Chicago. Raised near Austin, Texas, Patti came to Chicago in 2011 to pursue a degree in art history at School of the Art Institute of Chicago and stayed for the city's rich history, friendly people, and balmy winters. She worked as a tour guide for four years in various capacities before starting her own walking tour company, Chicago for Chicagoans, in 2016. Patti factors lots of local collaboration into her tours and strongly believes in making history accessible to everyone. She is best described as "Shazam for buildings," and can be found on her website Chicago for Chicagoans.



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