As some big bookstores exit the literary scene, we celebrate the strength of independent bookstores and everything they can offer. The Chicago area has a wide range of independent bookstores that sell used and/or new books, and each offers something unique to their community. Below is a list of local bookstores in the city and suburbs, and be sure to check out our reviews to find out which bookstore you should visit this week!


Lincoln Square

The Book Cellar (New Books)
4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
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The Book Cellar is a cozy spot in Lincoln Square that sells new books and hosts a variety of events. It’s a great spot to see both big name authors and to learn about new local writers. They also have a small cafe that serves food, wine and beer. Check their Facebook page and website for the latest news and events.

Logan Square

Uncharted Books (Used Books)
2630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
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City Lit
2523 N. Kedzie Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647
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City Lit is “A book lover’s bookstore.” They sell new books and host readings and unique events, like a Book Apothecary.


Curbside Books & Records
125 S Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60603

River North

After-Words Bookstore (New & Used Books)
23 E. Illinois St.
Chicago, IL 60611
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Wicker Park

Myopic Books (Used Books)
1564 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
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Quimby’s Bookstore (New Books)
1854 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
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