The Understudy Coffee and Books

The Understudy Coffee and Books


Coffee Shops + Cafés & Frozen TreatsBooks, Music, and Toys

About Us

The Understudy is a theatre bookstore and specialty coffee shop catering to Chicago’s vibrant theatre community and creative types of all kinds. Owned and operated by two passionate theatre artists, The Understudy is dedicated to fostering discovery, community, and collaboration every day. With over 3000 titles on our shelves and a breadth of coffee knowledge behind our bar, there’s always something worth uncovering at The Understudy. For more information, visit, or email us at Follow us on instagram @theunderstudychi


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