The Book Table – Oak Park

The Book Table – 1045 Lake St. Oak Park

Still waiting to hear about our apartment in West Ridge, we ventured out to bookstores in the area, the first being The Book Table in Oak Park.

The Book Table bookstore in Oak Park, IL

The store, which labels itself as “Fiercely Independent Since 2003,” is on the main drag on Lake Street, across the street from the historic Lake Theater. It immediately had a warm and welcoming feel when we entered. The set up is a bit of a maze, but in the best way, leading you through the stacks with eye-catching displays and cool stuff everywhere.

One of our favorite aspects was the wealth of staff recs throughout the entire place, something independents continue to excel at over chain bookstores.

The Book Table bookstore in Oak Park, IL

They also have an excellent local interest section as well as a quality selection of used/rare books. My favorite find, however, was the free book plates that were just in a cardboard box on the floor near the front doors. (Look everywhere – you’ll keep finding cool stuff!)

Links for The Book Table

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