Know a bookworm? Here are 15 mighty independent bookstores in Chicago that are sure to entice any reader

by Carrie Bradon | Dec. 25, 2017, 8:55am |

Reading is also one of the best ways to care for your brain's health.

Literature is one of the greatest accomplishments that humanity has made. Without it, we would never have the pleasure of getting to know mischievous but charming characters like Huckleberry Finn, the epic tales of "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey," or tales of politics and civilizations, such as Tolstoy's "War and Peace."

As wonderful as literature may be, it has been scientifically proved that reading is also one of the best ways to care for your brain's health. As movies and television continue to steal the show, now is the best time to revisit  books. 

If you're ready to jump into your next literary adventure, read on! Here are 15 mighty independent bookstores in Chicago that will help you on your journey.

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Myopic Books

1564 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 862-4882
Myopic Books has a great selection to match their great environment.


23 E. Illinois St., Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 464-1110
Lots of books line the shelves of this shop, and used books are in the basement for even better deals.

Unabridged Books

3251 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 883-9119
Unabridged Books has a section for almost every genre of literature.

Volumes Bookcafe

1474 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 697-8066
Volumes is a perfect spot to shop for your new favorite books and enjoy a cup of coffee.

Bookman's Corner

2959 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 929-8298
Bookman's has all types of old and used books, making it a great stop for treasure hunters.

Open Books

651 W. Lake St., Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 475-1355
Without a doubt one of the best places in Chicago for literature lovers, all proceeds from the store go to literacy programs throughout the city.

The Book Cellar

4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
773) 293-2665
Cozy and well-stocked, The Book Cellar features loads of books and has an in-store restaurant as well.

Pilsen Community Books

1102 W. 18th St., Chicago, IL 60608
Pilsen Community Books is a great used bookstore if you're looking for something unique.

Uncharted Books

2620 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Uncharted Books features fair prices and many books on topics of significant relevance.

Kibbitznest Books, Brews & Blarney

2212 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 360-7591
This spot meshes beers with books, making it more fun than your average bookstore.

City Lit Books

2523 N. Kedzie Blvd., Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 235-2523
City Lit Books offers something for everyone and every age.

Heirloom Books

6239 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60660
(239) 595-7426
Heirloom Books will make you feel as though you are in a friend's living room.

Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.

1276 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 772-8108
Wicker Park's cute exterior and impressive interior make it a spot worth checking out.


2142 W. Roscoe St., Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 857-2676
RoscoeBooks is sure to delight you whether you're a book lover or just adore cute shops.

Armadillo's Pillow

6753 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 761-2558
Armadillo's Pillow is well-stocked with many books as well as cozy spots to enjoy them.

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