9 best indie bookstores
- Price band: 3/4
When it comes to bookstores, this place defines class. Not only can you browse books while sipping wine, but the staff recommendations are usually just what you want them to be: varied and
- 4736–38 N Lincoln Ave, (between Leland and Lawrence Aves)
- Price band: 1/4
Don’t be fooled by the store’s name; though the Andersonville shop has a definite feminist slant, any and all can find something here.
- 5233 N Clark St, (between Foster and Berwyn Aves)
You’ve probably heard of Quimby’s as the place to buy small-press books, zines and comics, but it’s also the place to catch their writers. McSweeney’s writers often stop in, as do indie
- 1854 W North Ave, (at Wolcott Ave)
This Hyde Park landmark is a great place to buy based on the employee selections and to check out some more intellectual fare. Many readings here fall into the academic-nonfiction category, though
- 1301 E 57th St, (at Kimbark Ave)
- Price band: 2/4
The big independent in town, this shop on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus varies its selection, but a large back room for readings has made it a draw in town for big-name authors.
- 1218 S Halsted St, (between Newberry Ave and Halsted St)
Local poet Larry Sawyer has booked one of the best free poetry series in the Midwest here for years, and in Myopic’s new third-floor space, the readings are even sunnier.
- 1564 N Milwaukee Ave, (at Damen Ave)