Inga is a bookshop in Chicago with a focus on self-published and independently distributed artists' books on art, design, film, theory, and more. We program events semi-frequently, including readings, lectures, performances, in conjunction with the shop's stock and interests. We also publish books, bookmarks, and other editions.
The bookshop's name is a reference to a genus of small tropical, tough-leaved trees with nitrogen fixing roots that improve soil health. These flowering leguminous trees have hundreds of subspecies like the Inga edulis, which is known for its edible ice-cream-bean fruit as well as its ability to provide medicine and lumber. Found primarily in the Amazon region, in addition to parts of Central and South America, the tree is widely used to provide shade and enrich the soil for other plants.
Inga opened in August of 2019 and was founded by Malia Haines-Stewart, Jacob Lindgren, and Alan Medina, and continues to operate with the help of our friends.