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30th Anniversary / 5th Anniversary Party
November 29th, 2014 5-6pm

(excludes local author books)
In 1984, in a small corner of the shop at 208 N. 
Neil, Flora Faraci began selling used books in Champaign. Over the course of 30 years the used books took over the first floor, the second floor, and the third floor. Now the shop has over 70,000 used books, a large collection of ephemera, local author titles, and an interesting selection of greeting cards and journals.

In 2009, Flora Faraci decided to retire but did not want to see her beloved bookshop turned into another restaurant or bar. Along came Susan and Don Elmore who had expressed interest in the store. In December 2009 the official change of ownership occurred and Jane Addams Book Shop entered a new era. They hired their daughter-in-law Judy to manage the day to day business of the shop and hired a few associates to keep the store organized and clean.

In the five years since Susan and Don took over ownership they have made very few changes to the look and feel of the book shop. Two major changes that made strong impacts were the creation of an online store and a renovation to the facade.  Since 2009, over 50,000 books have been inventoried and in 2013 they became available to order via the Jane Addams Book Shop website. In 2013, with help from the City of Champaign, a major renovation of the facade of the 1907 building occurred, bringing it closer to looking like the original store front. These changes plus others have helped the store stay successful over the past few years. 

None of our success could have occurred without the very loyal Jane Addams Book Shop customers. Our community is very supportive and continues to make us strive to provide the best service we can. 

We invite you to celebrate these great anniversaries with us on Saturday November 29th from 5-6pm. Afterwards stay to watch the wonderful Parade of Lights (and Don will personally hand you a cookie during the parade).
 Black Friday!

Shop Local Saturday!

Spectacular Sunday!


Downtown merchants are uniting to bring you a weekend of shopping adventure. Spend your dollars locally on a fantastic selection of unique items and services!  

Friday, November 28
Saturday, November 29
Sunday, November 30 

1. Austin's Sportswear

Dance Apparel and Shoes 

2. Champaign Surplus

Dozens of our major brands 25-30% off plus other great deals 

3. Circles Boutique

25% off all Yoana Baraschi merchandise

4. Dandelion Vintage Clothing

50% off all merchandise, free food and music all weekend! 

5. Exile on Main Street

15% off all new LPs and CDs and 25% off all used LPs and CDs(some Black Friday exceptions), free food and music all weekend!

6. Furniture Lounge

10% off storewide AND enter to win a weekly drawing!

7. G-Mart Comics

Free comic to any customer who brings in a flyer from another store (limit 1 per day)

8. Jane Addams Book Shop

50% off Mysteries, 25% off Cookbooks and Travel; $5 bonus with each $25 gift card purchase; free Bookbone or tote with $100 purchase; 25% off boxed holiday cards!

9. Jon's Pipe Shop

20% off selected cigars, tobaccos, and Peterson Pipes

10. Orpheum Children's Museum

10% off all gift shop items and Snow Globe opens Saturday Nov 29th from 7-9pm after Parade of Lights 

11. Skins n Tins Drum Shop

25th Anniversary Sale with too many deals to list here! Up to 55% off on kits, cymbals, hardware and more.


14th Annual Parade of Lights

Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 6 p.m.
 Pre-Parade Entertainment at 5 p.m. 


The holiday season can't begin until Santa makes his way through the streets of Downtown Champaign. The Champaign Center Partnership is once again thrilled to bring you the 14th annual Parade of Lights!


This community favorite features floats, marching bands, and Santa Claus himself. The event concludes with the lighting of the Downtown Christmas Tree in the One Main Plaza immediately following the parade.


This year enjoy pre-parade festivities beginning at 5 p.m. Sing along with the Dickensian Carolers as they stroll through downtown, listen to the Parkland Wind Ensemble as they entertain in the lobby of Hyatt Place, create a quick craft at the Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church near Westside Park and meet some special guests that may leave you "Frozen" in anticipation!


Free hot chocolate stations will be set up along the parade route to enhance your enjoyment!


Don't forget to join us in the One Main Plaza after the parade for the annual tree lighting ceremony with Santa himself!


So cozy up with some hot chocolate, find the perfect spot downtown and lets welcome the start of the holiday season with a parade!


Find more information, a map of the route and entry forms here.


Please Note: In the event of severe and potentially dangerous weather (ice or snow storm, driving rain with lightning) the parade will be canceled.



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