For graphic novel readers, tabletop gamers or collectible fanatics, comic book stores are the cornerstone of Chicago's geekiest communities. No matter what neighborhood you live in, you're probably near a shop that stocks the latest titles and some intriguing back issues. Dig through trades at Chicago Comics, engage in a discussion at Challengers or browse a selection DIY zines at Quimby's—wherever you go, you're sure to find some new reading material.
If you're on a quest for geek stuff, you won't have to search for long—Chicago is a nerd paradise. Love to drink craft beer and waste quarters at arcade bars? The city boasts plenty of them. Prefer to gain knowledge at some of Chicago's best museums? Just pick an institution and check out an exhibition or a special event. Browse the city's comic book stores, play some video games and embrace your obsessions at the best places to nerd out in Chicago.