Town House in winter





"May I have a few friends and many books, both true."
         —A. Cowley


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Shop Online, Curbside, and Limited In-Store Hours

Shop our online bookshop to find the same kind of selection you would expect if you were browsing inside. Books will be shipped directly to you or shipped as gifts to friends and family. (Please note: online orders are not available for pick up at our St. Charles, IL store location.)

To order for curbside pick up in St. Charles, IL, please call or email the store Monday-Saturday 9am-3pm. (630) 584-8600

Town House Books is now open with limited in-store hours and capacity, click here for details.

However you choose to shop supports us as an independent bookstore and we appreciate your business!

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The following services are available for the Café:

Contactless curbside (parking lot) pickup, 11 am to 3 pm, Monday through Saturday. Call the Café (630-584-8603) as early as 9 am to order and pay over the phone. When you arrive, we will bring your order out to your car! NEW: Check out the new Town House Café website. Follow the café on Facebook & Instagram. View Menus.


About Town House Books
We are an independent bookstore for all ages, with a friendly knowledgeable staff located in historic Century Corners in downtown St. Charles, Illinois. The uniqueness and ambiance of the bookstore, which opened its doors in 1974, carry over into the Town House Café, featuring a menu of fresh-from-scratch soups and creative sandwiches. For now, only curbside service is available in both the bookstore and café.

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Photo of Heidi and Carol with tote bag

Gift Certificates Available

Town House Books and Café gift certificates are available in any denomination and are valid in both the bookstore and the café. They make a perfect gift for food and book lovers alike! Please email us at

Signed Books Available Now!
for Patricia Toht Children's Books

Book coverWe have signed copies of all of Patricia Toht's books (while supplies last) at our store. So come by soon to pick up yours for a gift or for yourself.

Patricia Toht is a local children’s author and poet, blogger, and middle school library associate. She once owned a children’s bookstore and loved connecting readers with great books. After the store shuttered its doors, she led story times for preschoolers, assisted author and illustrator visits to schools, and worked in a public library.

Her picture books include:

  • PICK A PUMPKIN, a joyful, energetic celebration of a Halloween tradition.
  • DRESS LIKE A GIRL, where a diverse cast of slumber party participants considers the most time-honored traditions for how to dress.

  • PICK A PINE TREE, that celebrates the holiday tradition of turning a pine tree into a Christmas wonder.

  • ALL ABOARD THE LONDON BUS, her debut picture book, where a series of child-friendly poems follows a family of four as they spend a day visiting sights and experiencing all that makes London a vibrant and wonderful city.

Can't Find A Book? Photo of Heidi and Carol with tote bag
To inquire about a book, please email us at

Town House Giving Tuesday
We will be continuing this program as "Town House Giving Tuesdays" throughout the year. On the first Tuesday of each month, Town House will donate 20% of all sales to a different local charity. Thank you in advance for helping us to give back!

Anniversary Tote Bags Available!
Town House Books tote bags are on sale for $16.95. A roomy canvas bag useful for all your shopping and they also make a great gift.

Connect with Us via Social Media
Follow these links to connect with us on your favorite social media sites. Like us, follow us, keep in touch with upcoming events and let us hear from you: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Personal Shopping Available
Books make the perfect gift and we can help you pick the right book for every age person. Let our knowledgeable staff do the work and, as always, we provide complimentary gift wrapping!

In The Media

Town House Books on Facebook

Come inside Town House through this video tour.

Listen to the Made in Chicago feature on WBBM with Julie Mann's interview of David Hunt:

Read the Chicago Tribune story, "Off The Chain," about independent bookstores.

For quick access to information on this site about Town House, our book reviews or events, please use the Google Search tool below:  
Town House Books Website

Part of historic Century Corners

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Town House Books & Café
105 North 2nd Avenue
St. Charles, Illinois 60174
Bookstore: (630) 584-8600
Café: (630) 584-8603
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