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51st Ward Books
4229 W Roscoe St, Chicago, IL, 60641
(866) 512-6657

51st Ward Books is Chicago's first dedicated Bilingual/Spanish and social justice bookshop for children. We work to expand access to quality bilingual and anti-racist texts for children and youth.

57th Street Books
1301 E 57th St, Chicago, IL, 60637
(773) 684-1300

57th Street Books is one of those rare stores where the book you've just heard discussed on the radio, had recommended by a friend, or simply remembered years after reading it, just happens to be on the shelf waiting. We are sure to have somethin

Abraham Lincoln Book Shop
824 W Superior St Ste 100, Chicago, IL, 60642
(312) 944-3085

Specializing in books (new, out-of-print, rare) autographs, documents, manuscripts, original photographs, prints, paintings and sculpture in the subjects of American Civil War, Military History, and Presidential History. Visit to always know the latest information, including hours, latest acquisitions, and upcoming programs. Right now this is especially important. We do modify hours as the public health environment changes. Occasionally we are By Appointment Only.

After-Words New and Used Books
23 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL, 60611
(312) 464-1110

After-words is one of the few independent bookstores left in downtown Chicago. Our two floors house a huge collection of over 70,000 new and used volumes. We feature a wide variety of fiction, literature, poetry, and children’s books. We also carry art and photography books, cookbooks, local books, history books, health, healing, and new age/occult books among many other categories. Our space is available for special events, including book signings, readings, and lectures. Rental space is available year round for private parties. We are also equipped to sell books at off-site events. So if you have an author speaking to your group, we are happy to bring the books to you.

American Writers Museum Bookstore
180 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL, 60601

Museum gift shop with new books for sale.

Barbara's Bookstore
111 N State St Lower Level, Chicago, IL, 60602

Barbara's Bookstore (Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
201 E Huron St, Chicago, IL, 60611
(312) 926-2665

Barbara's Bookstore - State Street
111 North State Street, Chicago, IL, 60602

Barbara's Bookstore has partnered with Macy's on State Street to offer a full-service bookstore in the Marketplace on the lower level next to the food court. Guests of this store will find a large selection of books, great prices and a helpful and knowledgable staff. Everything you have come to expect from Barbara's. Our Macy's location also serves as a venue for exciting events and author appearances. At this bookstore-within-a-department-store, we have hosted such authors as Gene Hackman, Emeril Lagasse, Ty Pennington, Gordon Ramsay, Rachel Ray and Nicholas Sparks (to name but a few). We encourage you to take a peek at this truly unique shopping destination.

Barbara's Bookstore ORD T1 B10 (841)
Chicago O'Hare - Barbara's Books, Chicago, IL, 60666

Barbara's Bookstore ORD T2 E3 (842)
Chicago O'Hare - Barbara's Books, Chicago, IL, 60666

Barbara's Bookstore ORD T3 G Rotunda (839)
Chicago O'Hare - Barbara's Books, Chicago, IL, 60666

Barbara's Bookstore ORD T3 G1 (840)
Chicago O'Hare - Barbara's Books, Chicago, IL, 60666

Barbara's Bookstore ORD T3 K5 (845)
Chicago O'Hare - Barbara's Books, Chicago, IL, 60666

Bookie's - Chicago
10324 S. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60643
(773) 239-1110

Bookie’s has been selling new and used books in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago since 1989. We recently moved to a brand new storefront right around the corner from the old one. We carry everything from the newest bestsellers to the classics for every age.

Bucket O' Blood Books and Records
3182 N Elston Ave., Chicago, IL, 60618

Founded in 2010, Bucket O'Blood separated itself from other record and bookstores immediately by focusing on sections that were oftentimes overlooked or poorly stocked at other stores. We focus on speculative fiction, carrying both new and used books. Our selection of horror, science fiction and fantasy fiction includes classics of genre literature as well as new, emerging voices.

Build Coffee
6100 S Blackstone Ave, Chicago, IL, 60637

Burst Into Books
11001 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL, 60628

Burst Into Books is a nonprofit organization that is focused on rebuilding our village through advocacy, the arts, educational and family programming. We envision a world that is transformed by cultural literacy through education.

City Lit Books
2523 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago, IL, 60647
(773) 235-2523

City Lit Books specializes in contemporary fiction and non-fiction, with a richly curated collection of children's literature, speculative fiction, poetry, and more. Our store is a literary hub for the community, hosting many book clubs, poetry readings, and author events.

City News
4018 N Cicero Ave, Chicago, IL, 60641

At City Newsstand we try to provide our customers with the largest selection of magazines possible (over 6,000 titles), along with over 100 newspapers and bookstore - quality customer service.

Exile in Bookville
410 S Michigan Ave Suite 210, Chicago, IL, 60605

Exile in Bookville—where books and music meet in a perfect storm of reading and listening pleasure. At Exile in Bookville (a nod to Liz Phair’s 1993 debut album Exile in Guyville) we believe that books and music are synonymous and carry that into our store's mission where we host book and music related events. We hope to add to the already rich and vibrant book culture that exists in Chicago.

Goblin Market
2868 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL, 60657

Goblin Market is destination store specializing in manga, graphic novels, and games.

Heirloom Books
6239 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL, 60660
(239) 595-7426

Cozy eclectic not for profit used bookstore located in Chicago at 6239 N Clark St. A used bookstore should cherish the growth of book-reading, one page at a time. Chicago book stores are heirlooms to our city, thus our name. Come check us out, and say hello! (We're dog friendly, too!)

Hudson Booksellers CITI (1052)
CitiGroup - Hudson News, Chicago, IL, 60661

Hudson Booksellers MDW (1783)
Midway Distribution Ctr - Hudson News, Chicago, IL, 60638

Roosevelt Collection Shops, Chicago, IL, 60605
(312) 285-2957

kido is a combination of our most clever and colorful ideas and the affirmations we give to our children every day. Join us, and Put On the Positive!

Los Amigos Books
2635 N Ridgeway Ave, Chicago, IL, 60647

We believe that every child should be able to see representations of themselves in the books that are available to them. We also know that raising bilingual children in the U.S. is difficult. It is precisely our mission to make it a bit easier on you by bringing books, music, games and more from all over the Spanish speaking world to our one stop shop. Creemos que todos los niños deben poder verse representados en los libros que están disponibles para ellos. También sabemos que lograr la crianza bilingüe en los Estados Unidos es difícil. Precisamente es nuestra misión hacerles el trabajo un poco más fácil en juntar libros, música, juegos y más del mundo hispanoparlante en un solo sitio.

Madison Street Books
1127 West Madison Street, Chicago, IL, 60607

Madison Street Books is a neighborhood centered independent bookstore located in Chicago's West Loop. The store is a general bookstore with a fiction focus and a strong children's section. We will be hosting children's programming weekly, book groups across many genres and ages, and on and off-site author events. Our website for further information and on-line sales can be found at #westloopreads #madstreetbooks

New Book Joy
5512 West Devon Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60646

New Book Joy Booktique is an independent bookstore that offers a curated collection of books for readers of all ages. In addition, we pair our books with offerings from other small businesses to bring even more joy to the reading experience (candles, cocktail infusion kits, teas, snacks, socks, etc.). Our cozy reading lounge caters to book clubs and our motto is "Building great conversations, one book at a time!" Our owners are a multigenerational team of reading educators who would love to be your book concierge service!

Open Books West Loop
651 W. Lake St., Chicago, IL, 60661
(312) 475-1355

Open Books West Loop is a nonprofit, full service used bookstore. All proceeds go to providing inspiring reading and writing programs and book giveaways.

Pilsen Community Books
1102 W 18th St., Chicago, IL, 60608

Pilsen Community Books is a radical bookstore in Chicago’s beloved Pilsen neighborhood. In March 2020, Pilsen Community Books transformed into Chicago’s only employee owned and operated independent bookstore. The staff's goal is to unite their passion for bookselling with their belief that labor is entitled to all it produces.

Quimby's Bookstore
1854 W North Ave, Chicago, IL, 60622
(773) 342-0910

Quimby's is an independently owned bookstore that sells independently-published and small press books, comics, zines and ephemera. We favor the unusual, the aberrant, the saucy and the lowbrow.

2142 W Roscoe St, Chicago, IL, 60618
773 857 2676

RoscoeBooks is a neighborhood independent bookstore for adults and kids who love books and love to read. Established in 2014, we are located in Chicago's Roscoe Village neighborhood.

Sandmeyer's Bookstore
714 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL, 60605
(312) 922-2104

We offer the finest selection of books. Come enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and knowledgeable service in our family owned & operated bookstore. Open 7 days a week.

Semicolon Bookstore
515 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL, 60642

Independent bookseller that focus on the connection between art and literature.

Semicolon Bookstore
515 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL, 60642

Seminary Co-Op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL, 60637
(773) 752-4381

The Co-op has been closely tied to the intellectual community of Hyde Park for over forty years. Its astoundingly broad selection of titles in the humanities and social science, and its knowledgeable staff make it a destination for academic customers.

Skunk Cabbage Books
2826 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL, 60618
(872) 206-8039

Skunk Cabbage Books is an independent bookstore and community workshop space offering new books and local artist’s goods that remind us of human’s own place in our more-than-human world. We bring people together to talk about and engage with the world around us through regular book clubs and community-led workshops.

Stacks MDW (1719)
Midway Distribution Ctr - Hudson News, Chicago, IL, 60638

Sweet Sparrow Bookstore LLC
Chicago, IL, 60614

The Book Cellar (IL)
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL, 60625
(773) 293-2665

We are a general store with a cafe that serves wine and beer.

The Last Chapter Book Shop
Chicago, IL, 60618

In December of 2021, The Last Chapter Bookshop opened its doors to readers looking for adventure, romance, and swoon-worthy characters. Founded by active members of the romance book community, The Last Chapter offers a diverse selection of books and merchandise. We’ve cultivated an inclusive, welcoming environment for all those that celebrate the magic of storytelling.Our online store hosts a variety of monthly trope boxes, book club boxes, and bookish merch. Each project is curated by a talented team and we have partnerships with vendors that have a track record of quality and style. Every item in our shop is made of the highest quality materials and is hand selected for you. Eventually, The Last Chapter hopes to expand into physical locations, so that we can continue to deliver all your bookish needs.Our mission is to continue to support the many members of romancelandia, and connect you with the books you love, the merch you can’t live without, and the authors that are a positive force in the community. Welcome to our little corner of book world.Go where the story takes you.

The Understudy Coffee and Books
5531 N Clark St., Chicago, IL, 60640

Owned and operated by two passionate theatre artists, The Understudy is dedicated to fostering discovery, community, and collaboration every day. The Understudy is a theatre bookstore with over 3000 titles on our shelves, and a breadth of coffee knowledge behind our specialty coffee bar. There’s always something worth uncovering at The Understudy.

the winter bookshop
2074 N Hoyne Ave, Chicago, IL, 60647

Three Avenues Bookshop
3009 N Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60657

Family-run independent bookstore in Chicago's West Lakeview neighborhood

Unabridged Books
3251 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL, 60657
(773) 883-9119

Owner Ed Devereux opened Unabridged Bookstore on Saturday, November 1, 1980, and the store has been thriving ever since. Unabridged is known for its dedicated and knowledgeable staff and the staff’s hand-written personal recommendations. Unabridged has an unparalleled sale book section, and an award-winning children's section, an extensive travel room, and offers a great selection of fiction and poetry. For 40+ years, Unabridged Bookstore has also been Chicago’s premier go-to-bookstore for LGBTQ literature. Voted “Best Bookstore in Chicago 2015” by Chicago Magazine, Unabridged remains an iconic institution in the Lakeview neighborhood. We look forward to seeing you!

Uncharted Books
2620 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL, 60647
(773) 763-2665

Uncharted Books sells a highly curated selection of used books, zines, and rare titles, with a focus on the literary, the local, the strange, and the adventurous. We are a small, scrappy, DIY business that has been serving our city since 2012. We especially pride ourselves on our eclectic selection, our unique and cozy atmosphere, and our knowledgeable and friendly staff.

Vintage & Modern Books
Chicago, IL, 60618

Currently operating online, but with hopes of opening a bricks and mortar location before 2024, Vintage &Modern Books specialises in rare and collectible 20th and 21st century fiction and non-fiction. We’re always happy to field enquiries about buying selling or trading books, feel free to get in touch!

Volumes Bookcafe
1373 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL, 60622

Volumes Bookstore
1373 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL, 60622
(773) 697-8066

Volumes Bookcafe in Wicker Park (Chicago) is our flagship shop. We are currently reopened in a new location 1373 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622.

Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. / 826CHI
1276 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL, 60622

The Secret Agent Supply Co offers gadgets and gizmos, books and toys for secret agents of all ages. We specialize in all things necessary for a young agent-of-change to embark on new missions of curiosity – including disguises, diversions, notebooks and gadgets. Our bookshelves offer fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and essays for young readers and teens – especially Chicago authors and Chicago stories. 100% of our profits support the tuition-free youth writing programs of 826CHI.

Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL, 60640
(773) 769-9299

One of the largest feminist bookstores in the country, with a friendly staff recommending literature by and about women and children for all ages. Posters, jewelry, cards, t-shirts, women's music. Frequent author events and community bulletin board.

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