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*play (Logan Square)
3109 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL, 60647

*play is a children's toy, book and gift shop located in the Logan Square and Lincoln Park neighborhoods of Chicago.

*play Lincoln Park
2462 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL, 60614

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

Monday-Saturday, 9-5. Specializing in Civil War, Military History, Presidential, Western, new, used, rare. Also, documents, manuscripts, autographs. Catalogues issued, $5.00 for sample.

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

Cat and Mouse Games
1112 West Madison St, Chicago, IL, 60607

Chicago State University Bookstore
9501 S Martin L. King Dr, Chicago, IL, 60628

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

City News
4018 N Cicero Ave, Chicago, IL, 60641
(773) 481-7100

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 want that to carry over into our store's mission where we will host book and music related events. We hope to add to the already rich and vibrant book culture that exists in Chicago.

Field Museum Stores
1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL, 60605
(312) 665-7679

Heirloom Books
6239 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL, 60660

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

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

Kibbitznest Books & Brews
2212 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL, 60614

Much like a literary salon of days past, mugtomug Café is the community’s third place–the first being home and the second being work. Patrons will be surrounded by liberal arts books, used and new–a WiFi-free zone where theories explored at the kibbitznest meet praxis. All profits, allowable by law, will be donated to the kibbitznest, a nonprofit with the mission of “preserving the quality of human communication” by promoting a balance between face-to-face and electronic communication media.

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!

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

Northeastern Illinois University Bookstore
5500 N St Louis Ave, Chicago, IL, 60625

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 general interest new and used 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.

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

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. Special orders are welcome, gift wrapping is free, worldwide shipping is available. Open 7 days a week.

Semicolon Bookstore
1714 W Division St, Chicago, IL, 60622

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 customers.

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

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 Book Sanctuary
900 N. Kingsbury St, Unit 1167, Chicago, IL, 60610

We are a new online bookstore selling new and used books in many different varieties including textbooks!!!

The Bookworks
3444 N Clark St, Chicago, IL, 60657
(773) 871-5318

Used/rare bookstore located a few blocks from the famous Wrigley Field in Chicago. Visit our website: for shop description, hours, parking details and public transportation directions. We offer titles in all subject areas including - Art, Photography, Literature, Cookbooks, Chicago History, Metaphysics, and Baseball. Other specialty sections include the in print works of Beatnik authors, CDs and vintage LPs, postcards and older paper items.

The Dial Bookshop
410 S Michigan Ave Suite 210, Chicago, IL, 60605

The Red Balloon Co.
1940 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL, 60647

The Red Balloon Co. opened its Chicago doors in 1998 as a children's furniture store, selling handmade furniture of our own design, like our signature decoupaged toy chests. In the years to come, we expanded to include a wide selection of children's clothing, books, toys, and room accessories--all selected for durability and the wonderful, whimsical qualities that make childhood so special. Our website services those customers outside the Chicago area, and we're constantly putting up new products for purchase online. All of us who work at The Red Balloon Co. are passionate about what we do and welcome the opportunity to help customers choose the perfect gift for their own children or for those of another.

The Rosenberg Bookshop at the Newberry Library
60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL, 60610

Bookstore in the Newberry Library selling titles that relate to the library's collections.

The SUQ-The Oriental Institute
1155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL, 60637

Books on the Ancient Near East. History, Language, Religion, Crafts, Art, Architecture. Specializing in Egypt and Egyptology.

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

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

Chicago, IL, 60615

With over 20 years of bookselling experience across various channels, Angela K Sherrill and Tara Baldridge have teamed up to sell books in all the spaces in between traditional storefronts and online retailers. We also provide professional literary services to authors and publishers and literary event planning for non-profits and other organizations. Our primary focus is the underserved readers on the south side of Chicago with projects ranging from pop-up bookstores (DBA BOOKISH CHICAGO), children's events, book festivals, author events, and literary conferences of all types. We strive to connect authentic voices and purposeful materials to those seeking content and those producing content. Our passion for diverse and quality materials combined with our breadth of experience sharing those passions with readers of all ages is both meaningful and effective.

Volumes Bookcafe
900 N. Michigan, Chicago, IL, 60622
(773) 697-8066

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

The Secret Agent Supply is the storefront for 826CHI, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for Chicago youth. All of the sales from our store directly support 826CHI’s free writing programs. Our store features collections of our student’s writing alongside books by acclaimed authors, such as our co-founder Dave Eggers. We also carry work from small and independent publishers, a curated and diverse selection of children’s books, and books that inspire creative writing and authors of all ages.

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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