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20 Bookstores In Chicago 🇺🇸

These are 20 of the best bookstores in Chicago. The best bookstore is Barnes & Noble College Bookstore. Here is the list of Chicago bookstores.

Last update: January 11, 2024

1. Barnes & Noble College Bookstore

"Love spending hours in this amazing bookstore! I am happy that I can enjoy spanish books when I am in America! Highly recommended!"

  • ⭐️ 4.3 Rating
  • 📰 1,836 Reviews
  • 📍 1 E Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604, United States

2. Myopic Books

"Great bookstore with plenty of books spanning a range of genres and topics. It can be tight in some areas so you may need to wait your turn. There's an upstairs and downstairs with more/continued genres if you can't find something on the first floor."

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • 📰 1,280 Reviews
  • 📍 1564 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, United States

3. Unabridged Bookstore

"One of my favorite bookstores in Chicago! The books are usually new so they’re full price but they have a large sale section as well. But honestly what made me fall in love is the employee review of the book throughout the store! It’s one of my fav things about bookstores to see what other recommend across genres and Unabridged does it right! I absolutely recommend stopping in to check it out!"

  • ⭐️ 4.9 Rating
  • 📰 891 Reviews
  • 🏆 Independent Bookstore
  • 📍 3251 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657, United States

4. Open Books

"I can easily spend hours here, there are so many books and they’re organized so well so it’s easy to find what I’m looking for or interested in. The staff are friendly and helpful. The condition of the books are excellent and the prices are awesome. Most importantly though, they’re a non-profit and the proceeds go to supporting and promoting children’s literacy in underserved communities of Chicago! There are also a lot of volunteer opportunities with the organization, go check out their website! They also sell online! I love Open Books, I hope more people learn about them and support them!!"

  • ⭐️ 4.9 Rating
  • 📰 752 Reviews
  • 📍 651 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60661, United States

5. After-words Bookstore

"This place is awesome, they have a large selection of books. I enjoyed their current affairs section."

  • ⭐️ 4.5 Rating
  • 📰 642 Reviews
  • 📍 23 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611, United States

6. The Book Cellar

"Amazing place where you can get culture and entertainment getting into the store options , all books are there. Staff is so friendly and they know well about suggestions in case you are looking for a nice read. I totally recommend this book store."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • 📰 583 Reviews
  • 🏆 Independent Bookstore
  • 📍 4736 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, United States

7. 57th Street Books

"Omg. From outside it looks like a small book shop. But it’s actually like diagon valley. Once you enter you realise you have entered a whole new world of books. They have not one or two but 5 rooms where they display books according to the genre marked. Lori at the counter was very sweet. She actually left her seat and showed me around even helped me to look for my choice of books. She was treating every book lover with love n smile I was amazed n very happy to know of this world of books."

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • 📰 479 Reviews
  • 📍 1301 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637, United States

8. Powell's Books Chicago

"So many books organized in great selections. Some are very cheap others more pricey."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • 📰 424 Reviews
  • 📍 1501 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637, United States

9. Bucket O' Blood Books And Records

"If you’re digging for Rock and Metal records visiting Chicago - this is THE place you don’t want to miss. Be sure to view the “just in” (unsorted) section - who knows what you’ll find. I saw all kinds of things here I had never seen before or not seen in years. They also have blues, pop, garage, indie, R&B and other genres, but the rock and metal are the largest collections. If you’re into horror and fantasy they also have movies and books and all the related things you would expect. Nice collection of metal band pins by the register for sale and other items too. You won’t leave here empty handed lol."

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • 📰 403 Reviews
  • 📍 3182 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, United States

10. Quimby's Bookstore

"There’s no other place like Quimby’s ❤️ amazing bookstore, really great for zines by small independent artists, comics and a large variety of small press. The selections varies and changes constantly but it’s always good and rare. You will find weird pieces and that’s the best. The staff it’s sooo nice. Definitely a safe space!"

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • 📰 396 Reviews
  • 🏆 Independent Bookstore
  • 📍 1854 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, United States

11. Pilsen Community Books

"I love this bookstore, what a gem in the Pilsen community! There are so many books, and they’re very well-organized. There’s even a children’s section in the back of the store. Most of the books seem to be new or barely used. Today was Independent Bookstore Day so everything was 10% off, I got an awesome haul of books! The staff were also very friendly. I had a wonderful time here!"

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • 📰 366 Reviews
  • 🏆 Independent Bookstore
  • 📍 1102 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608, United States

12. City Lit Books

"Good selection of books with customer recommendations tucked underneath the books. The staff were extremely helpful and kind. Good bookstore spot."

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • 📰 320 Reviews
  • 📍 2523 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647, United States

13. Sandmeyer's Bookstore

"Fabulous independent neighbourhood book store. Well curated selection, nice old school wooden floors atmosphere - I spent a good hour browsing here - how awesome 🤩"

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • 📰 278 Reviews
  • 🏆 Independent Bookstore
  • 📍 714 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60605, United States

14. Open Books Pilsen

"Super cool spot. Upon arriving, I had no clue where the entrance was. It was only when people came out of the building that I realized that was the entrance. Once inside, I was left in awe of the magnitude of the place. A huge old warehouse transformed into a book “store”? Absolutely amazing. REMEMBER, you put the price in the books, not the other way around. When I was here, the cashier tried to give me a price when it shouldn't be like that. Don't feel intimidated and pay whatever you think is fair.There’s also a Spanish section right by the entrance."

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • 📰 272 Reviews
  • 📍 905 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608, United States

15. Uncharted Books

"I love this place!I live in Logan Square and I have never been there until last night when I dragged my friend to join me. I treated myself by buying a new pin, designed from a local, and some books that I’m just eager to read! The decor is amazing and Ramona, the husky, is the most sweetest pupper ever! Low quality pictures but great memories! The staff are amazing and offered great options! Highly recommend this place! Can’t wait to work there (if they hire) and be there more frequently!"

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • 📰 225 Reviews
  • 📍 5140 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640, United States

16. Barbara's Bookstore

"This little bookstore is inside of a hospital campus - but immediately inside so totally fine to stop in. You will need a mask but they have them available at the main entrance. The staff was so helpful and friendly."

  • ⭐️ 4.3 Rating
  • 📰 155 Reviews
  • 📍 201 E Huron St, Chicago, IL 60611, United States

17. Roscoebooks

"Fantastic independent bookstore with very knowledgeable staff who can give helpful recommendations based on what you are looking for. Be sure to ask about the book club for deals. Great selection and a comfortable environment. High quality books. I was impressed by their children's and young adult book selection. They also post some good staff reviews on their shelves if you're looking for suggestions. Very fun place to shop!"

  • ⭐️ 4.9 Rating
  • 📰 148 Reviews
  • 🏆 Independent Bookstore
  • 📍 2142 W Roscoe St, Chicago, IL 60618, United States

18. Heirloom Books

"With its impressive selection, well-organized layout, and outstanding customer service, this place truly shines. But what really makes it special is the inviting atmosphere it offers. While the pictures that you see in this listing give you a glimpse, you need to experience the ambiance firsthand to know what I mean. You'll find a variety of cozy seating areas throughout, perfect for enjoying a good read or leisurely browsing through books you're interested in. The knowledgeable and helpful staff adds to the charm, always ready to assist. And when it comes to prices, they go the extra mile, checking online to ensure you get the best deals available. I highly recommend visiting this place for a truly enjoyable book-hunting experience."

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • 📰 139 Reviews
  • 📍 6239 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660, United States

19. Madison Street Books

"Love the small time book store feel… warm, comforting and intellectual. I hope these types of stores return to be a part of our culture again … Amazon is good but easy to loose the feel of touching and sampling books in person"

  • ⭐️ 4.9 Rating
  • 📰 106 Reviews
  • 📍 1127 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60607, United States

20. Barbara's Bookstore

"Love everything about this store. The staff was so friendly and kind. The book selection and shelfing is amazing. I will visit every Chicago trip"

  • ⭐️ 4.2 Rating
  • 📰 63 Reviews
  • 📍 111 North State Street. Lower Level MACY'S LOWER LEVEL, Chicago, IL 60602, United States