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Unabridged Bookstore

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5 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
Photograph: Maddie Blecha Unabridged Bookstore

Hand-written, personal recommendations from employees line the shelves at the Unabridged Bookstore, offering helpful, heartfelt tips for customers. The 35 year old Lakeview shop is known for its extensive children's section but also stocks a diverse selection of literary fiction and nonfiction for more advanced readers. You can also check available "in stores now" titles through the shop's website. 


Venue name: Unabridged Bookstore
Address: 3251 N Broadway St
Cross street: between Melrose St and Aldine Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 10am–9pm; Sat, Sun 10am–7pm
Transport: El: Brown, Purple (rush hrs), Red to Belmont. Bus: 36, 77.
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Average User Rating

5 / 5

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I stop in and wander here every weekend on my usual Sunday stroll. I love the book/magazine selection, the friendly staff and love reading all the hand-written recommendations. Proud to support a LGBT and local business,. They're dog friendly too so that's fun!

Every time I come in here, I buy a bunch. Their selection is incredible, and their descriptions of the books on the shelves are not only helpful, but highly entertaining.

This homey little bookstore is lined with great staff's picks and interesting books. Regardless of what I'm looking for, or if I'm not even sure what my next read will be, I'm sure I can find it at Unabridged.

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I absolutely adore Unabridged Bookstore. It's easy to get lost spending time in this shop of well-organized and carefully curated reading materials. Keep your eyes peeled for autographed copies from your favorite current authors, which are regularly in rotation.


My favorite bookstore in the city (and luckily enough it's in my neighborhood). The shelves are carefully curated and lined with handwritten notecards by staff members telling you why you should read their personal picks. The large remainders section and a vast selection of LGBT literature are major draws.