‘Semicolon’ Opens in Chicago as City’s Only Black Woman-Owned Bookstore

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DL Mullen, owner of ‘Semicolon’ (courtesy of DL Mullen).

Chicago is now home to a Black woman-owned bookstore. The city’s newest bookstore, located in West Town, opened its doors to the public on July 9 with a party and mural unveiling. 

Semicolon, a bookstore and community space located in West Town, is one of just a few woman-owned bookstores in the Windy City and the only one owned by a Black woman. Owner DL Mullen created a vibrant space with a mural by street artist Ahmad Lee, colorful furniture, and personal touches. 

“Explaining art is really [key] to how people understand it and connect to it,” the author and editor with a PhD in literary theory told Chicago Magazine. “It became important to me to bridge art and words.”

Semicolon will feature a rotating gallery space downstairs called “the living room.” Mullen told The North Star she hopes to feature…

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