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Brainstorm Comics
Wicker Park

Part comics shop, part gamers' haven, part idiosyncratic video-rental store and all, as the owners put it, geek-safe zone, Brainstorm has nurtured a loyal clientele that's followed it to the third floor of the Flatiron Arts Building, where it moved in 2013 after ten years in a North Avenue storefront. On the comics side, the focus is on new releases, which come bagged and boarded free of charge. Brainstorm doesn't stock huge quantities of every issue on its shelves, but it offers a free subscription service that gets you 10% off list price; subscribers who put down an optional monthly deposit get an additional 10% off, and all subscribers also get discounts on special orders of action figures and statues. On the video side, Brainstorm specializes in indies, classics and cult favorites; it even has a selection of bootleg DVDs (including the infamous Star Wars Christmas special) that can be "rented" for free along with your paid rentals.

Venue name: Brainstorm Comics
Contact:
Address: 1579 N Milwaukee Ave
Ste 321
Chicago

Cross street: at North and Damen Aves
Opening hours: Mon, Tue 12:30–8pm; Wed 11am–10pm; Thu 12:30–8pm; Fri, Sat 11am–8pm; Sun 11am–5pm
Transport: El stop: Blue to Damen. Bus: 50, 56, 72.

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