Uncharted Books

Uncharted Books - 5140 N. Clark Street Unique among used book stores, Uncharted Books​ in Andersonville bills itself as "A used and rare bookstore, secret club, and event space in Chicago." While on the smaller side, plan on having some time when you visit as the selection of books is highly cultivated and the unique... Continue Reading →

Kibbitznest

Kibbitznest - 2212 N. Clybourn Simply put, Kibbitznest is one of the coolest places that we've inadvertently stumbled on. While out and about the other day we weren't ready to go home yet so I was scanned Google Maps for somewhere to go. After looking at a couple places Kibbitznest in Lincoln Park popped up.... Continue Reading →

Amazon Books

Amazon Books - 3443 N. Southport Ave Out of sheer curiosity we stopped in at the Amazon bookstore in Lakeview yesterday. The whole idea of the online retailer who put many small businesses out of business, including bookstores, opening brick-and-mortar stores, is bizarre. The store was everything one would expect – cold, uninviting, sterile. What... Continue Reading →

Volumes Bookcafe

Volumes Bookcafe - 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave A recent addition to Wicker Park, Volumes Bookcafe opened on N. Milwaukee Ave in the spring of 2016. It is a very clean, curated space that also includes a cafe that serves, among other things, delicious, delicious Metropolis Coffee. Started by sisters Rebecca and Kimberly George, the shop... Continue Reading →

Quimby’s

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... Continue Reading →

The Armadillo’s Pillow

The Armadillo's Pillow - 6753 N. Sheridan Rd. Growing up my bedroom was the only place I felt safe. I spent hours and hours by myself, covering every inch of it with painting, writings, and all sorts of random things until it felt wholly and completely mine. It could not exist anywhere else or have... Continue Reading →

Heirloom Books

Heirloom Books - 6239 N. Clark St. Every morning on my way to work I would pass Heirloom Books on Clark Street in Edgewater and say "I need to go in there sometime." We finally made it and I'm glad we did - it's a charming, winding used bookstore packed with great stuff. Stopping first... Continue Reading →

The Book Cellar

The Book Cellar - 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave When we were still working for that giant chain bookstore (that will not be named) there was talk of experimenting with wine bars in the stores. Under their corporate auspices it sounded obnoxious and pretentious. The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square, however, perfectly melds the two into... Continue Reading →

Market Fresh Books – Evanston

Market Fresh Books - 700 Church Street, Evanston Market Fresh Books is a unique book store, selling used books by the pound, deli-style. Opened in 2009 by husband and wife team Paul and Susan Frischer, the store is a charming maze of great finds to hunt through, with many being marked down to 99 cents... Continue Reading →

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