Indie Bookseller Reviews

Here at LitCity312, we don’t just want to give you a list of local booksellers — we want you to know more about each store’s unique personality. Read our reviews below, and be sure to check back as we add more!

  • Stop at this Pop-up Bookstore during your commute

    We were wandering the Pedway one Friday evening after work in search of a good Happy Hour deal when I first spotted it. . . Could it be? In the middle of Block 37, a high traffic area, a pop-up used bookstore? Was I having a blissful dream I’d soon wake up from? It’s very […]

    Independent Bookstore Day 2017

    The rain and wind didn’t scare away lovers of independent bookstores Saturday, with many participating in and more than 30 completing the #mychicagobookstore challenge. A lot of that is thanks to the bookstores themselves, who didn’t disappoint–special discounts, events or just general encouragement was found at every stop. And sometimes that encouragement was needed after […]

    Are you ready for Independent Bookstore Day?

    It’s our favorite day of the year tomorrow: National Independent Bookstore Day! Chicago is celebrating with a #MyChicagoBookstore challenge. If you visit 10 of the bookstores participating, you’ll receive 10% off at all of the bookstores on the list for the rest of the year. And if you visit 15 of them (quite ambitious, whoever […]

    LitCity in the Suburbs: Prairie Path Books

    Tucked in the back of Toms-Price Home Furnishings in west suburban Wheaton, Prairie Path Books (appropriately named, as it is right off of the Prairie Path) is among my new favorite suburban bookstores. Even better, it’s within walking distance for me, and therefore is truly my neighborhood bookstore. Yes, that’s right – the co-founder and currently […]

    City Lit Books

    Stepping into City Lit Books brought me back to my high school days, when my friends and I used to frequent the now defunct Borders. A few things gave me that impression: the clean look and feel of the wooden shelves and carpet; the wider selection (compared to other stores at the time); and more […]

    Bucket o’Blood Books & Records

    When I found out there was a local bookstore named Bucket o’Blood, I of course had to check it out, being the aspiring horror writer I am. My discovery of this place happened to coincide with a big change (for the better) on their end. Recently, Bucket o’Blood moved from their location on Milwaukee Avenue […]

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