One Book, One Chicago Program

The book is just the beginning: a city-wide exploration of intriguing themes that bring our city together as community

In the fall and spring of each year, the One Book program offers Chicagoans the opportunity to come together around a thought-provoking book and its related themes. Participants explore through free book groups and events such as author talks, film screenings, performances, tours, workshops, and more. Partners at local civic, cultural, and education organizations also offer related programs—because whether the topic is music or food, there’s always more to explore!

50,000+

adults participated in the 2016-17 One Book program

8,300

number of times Animal, Vegetable, Miracle circulated in 2016-17

80

branches hosted the program last season

Free

versions of each year’s selection are available online