Quimby’s – 1854 W. North Avenue
I am embarrassed to say I had never been to Quimby’s over in Wicker Park until my good friend Kate recently took me there for the first time. As a punk rock kid growing up in the late 90s I would’ve dropped a ton of money here. Zines upon zines upon zines!
So really, it’s for the best I never made it here during those days. 20 odd years later I’m forced to be much more frugal but it did my heart good to see so many zines are still being made, many clearly by hand. (I had my own in high school until threatened with expulsion if I didn’t stop printing it – that smell of fresh xerox always brings me to a happy place). For anyone into anything underground or unusual, this is the place to check out.
As a side note, they have a bunch of signs saying not to take pictures of the books so I tried to respect that, while still giving a taste of the place.