Great Bookstores in Chicago

Sometimes you just want to browse through a cool bookstore.

While you most likely read The Girl on the Train or Erik Larson’s Dead Wake on a Kindle or your tablet, sometimes you really want to hold a physical book. And despite many of us buying our books online, thankfully bookstores still exist.

Chicago is home to a great number of cool bookstores, selling new releases and used books. If you’re a bibliophile, you may already be familiar with some of these. If not, take some quiet time to hit one of these great bookstores, grab something new and head to the park or a café and stick your nose in a book!

  • The Book Cellar Cafe in Lincoln Square is as cute as its surrounding neighborhood. Browse the racks, get introduced to local writers, grab a coffee or glass of wine at the in-store café and relax. 4736 N. Lincoln
  • Myopic Books: With three floors and 80,000 titles ranging from fiction and architecture to cooking and kids, Myopic is the Barnes & Noble of indie bookshops. 1564 N. Milwaukee
  • Women & Children First: Since 1979, Andersonville’s Women & Children First has focused on highlighting women, feminist and queer-friendly writers. 5233 N. Clark
  • Quimby’s: When you’re looking for comics, ‘zines and the utterly bizarre, head here first. 1854 W. North
  • Unabridged Bookstore: Now in its 35th year, this Lakeview bookstore offers handwritten recommendations on the shelves, a stellar selections of magazines, kids books, travel and art tomes and more. 3251 N. Broadway
  • Powell’s Books: For more than 40 years, Powell’s has served the Chicago community, especially students at University of Chicago in Hyde Park and UIC in University Village, with new releases, text books, and rare finds. 1501 E. 57th and 1218 S. Halsted


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