filled with used and independent bookstores, many of which are
struggling in the current economic climate. Here’s a thought: support
our local bookstores. Easy, right? Right.
Below is a list of independent bookstores in Chicago, and, rest assured, a companion list
for suburban independent and used bookstores with follow shortly. I’ve listed bookstores
alphabetically, and in the interest of space, I’ve not included much in the way of descriptions, but I do encourage visiting and patronizing these fine
places, run by some of the finest people in Chicago you’ll ever come to
know and with many hosting regular literary events.
While a few of these
below are specialty shops, (Historical Americana, architecture, Judaica,
primarily non-English titles) most offer a bit of everything.
- Abraham Lincoln Bookshop: Historical Americana, not all Abe.
- After-Words Bookstore: General interest.
- Barbara’s Bookstore: General interest.
- The Book Cellar: General interest, many small press titles. Bonus: wine and beer.
- Bookman’s Corner (also fondly known as “Rare Medium Well Done”): General interest used titles.
- Bookworks: General interest.
- Chinese Cultural Center Bookshop: New Chinese and Chinese-interest titles.
College Bookstore: Not just textbooks.
- Gallery Bookstore: General interest used and rare titles.
- Giron Bookstores: Spanish titles.
- Greek Bookstore: New English and Greek titles.
- Islamic Books & Things: New religious titles.
- Korean Books: New Korean titles.
- Mustard Seed Christian Books: New and used religious titles.
- Myopic Books: General interest, used books.
- No Coast: Books and art.
- Northcenter Christian Bookstore: New religious titles.
- Newberry Bookstore: Inside the Newberry Library.
- Occult Bookstore: Religious titles.
- Polonia Bookstore: New Polish and Polish-interest titles.
- Powell’s Chicago: New, used, general interest.
- Prairie Avenue Bookshop: Architecture, design, technology and related titles.
- Quimby’s: mostly comics
- Revolution Books: socialist bookstore
- Rosenblum’s: Largest Jewish bookshop in the midwest.
- Sandmeyer’s Bookstore: General interest.
- Savvy Traveler: New travel-related titles and gifts.
- Seminary Co-Op Bookstores/57th St. Books: general interest
- Tres Americas Books: Spanish titles.
- Unabridged Books: general interest
- Women & Children First: Feminist, progressive, children’s and general interest
as lengthy as this list is, the city is still full of half-hidden
bookstores, some only known to neighborhoodies. Have I overloooked a
well-kept bookstore secret? By all means, do leave a comment and let’s
get it on this list.