By Dustin Ford
Chicago’s bookstores have survived on their own accord. In order to make it through the 21st century they had to adapt to the ever-changing environment that is Chicago. These gems are scavenged by local bookworms and literature lovers alike. Such is life of Chicago’s treasured bookstores.
Myopic Books – Wicker Park
This ‘Jungle’ of a store doesn’t just have rows full of books, it has floors, balconies, and hidden passages. Myopic Books specializes in buying and selling used collections of all genres. These books have as much history as this iconic storefront.
Quimby’s Bookstore – West Town
This eclectic shop specializes in offering titles that are hard to get anywhere else. Quimby’s has a wide collection of weird and unusual books, comics, and publications. Even non-readers will find something interesting here.
Sandmeyer’s Bookstore – South Loop
This family-owned business prides itself on having the finest literature and unbeatable service. This is the place to go if you are looking for something new. Just ask the knowledgeable staff for a suggestion.
Volumes Bookcafe – Wicker Park
As the name implies, this bookstore is a place where you come to celebrate books at your own leisure. Sit back with a new book off the shelves and enjoy it with a nice espresso and a warm blueberry muffin.
After-Words Bookstore – River North
This bookstore lies peacefully north of the Loop, away from all the chaos. Its main entrance has open spaces and some very popular literature on display. Downstairs you’ll find a new world of books from some of your favorite authors, and some local authors.