Chicago’s independent book stores are more than just places where you can purchase literature. They are also hangouts, places to get fantastic deals, and hubs for rare and obscure books. They are places you want to be a part of.
Here are some of Chicago’s most popular independent book stores:
The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave. This place is known for their pair of books with wine. Visitors here can choose from the wide array of books they have for sale, but also get something to drink. The Book Cellar has beers from Chicago’s Goose Island and Quebec’s Unibroue, different styles of coffee, and a list of white and red wines. Also, The Book Cellar hosts events and talks with authors and novelists.
Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave. Myopic is Chicago’s oldest and largest book store, with over 80,000 books in stock. They have books in a number of genres, from art to sci-fi, from religion to film. In addition to books, Myopic also hosts a music series, a poetry series, and a chess club. You can even sell your old books to Myopic, provided they are in good condition.
Bookleggers Books, ABAA, 2907 N. Broadway Ave. Fan of science fiction or mysteries? Then this is the book store for you. That’s what Bookleggers specializes in, along with first editions and other collectible books. Established in 1979, Bookleggers is another place to find rare or out of print books. Patrons of the store love Bookleggers’ cleanliness and organization.
Bookworks, 3444 N. Clark St. As a used book shop, Bookworks has the mandatory offerings of out-of-print and rare books, but they also have two other things going for them: an extensive online catalog of books, and a selection of used and rare jazz, blues and classical LPs and CDs.
Unabridged Bookstore, 3251 N. Broadway Ave. Unabridged has a unique corner of the market. One, they are known for their well-stocked children’s and travel sections, and two, since they are located in Boystown, they have a big LGBT section. They have paperbacks, hardcovers and coffee table books, and a ton of calendars to choose from.
Selected Works Used Books and Sheet Music, 410 S. Michigan Ave. As their title suggests, Selected Works sells sheet music too. Can’t find that everywhere. The place buys and sells used books, and is a great spot to meet friends or browse.