LitCity312 Review: Myopic Books

Myopic Books (Used Books)
1564 N. Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL 60622
Wicker Park Neighborhood 
Mon – Sun: 9am – 11pm
773.862.4882 / Email:


Location + Feel
Myopic Books is quite a wonderful, little gem burrowed on Milwaukee Ave in proper Wicker Park. Some warm lighting and fans hang low from the ceiling over your head as you traverse the shelves. The small, tiny aisles parallel the soft music overhead, producing a comforting vibe to the bookstore overall. The really friendly staff helps with this as well. The floor is bumpy and at times creaky as you try to navigate. It’s not perfect, but that’s what distinctly delightful about it! A red and green staircase leads to the second and third levels of this narrow but long experience. On the top floor, there is a great wooden, carpeted area with tables and seating, a well-lit room from the natural light seeping in through the large windows. Through those windows, you can overlook Milwaukee Ave. Here, it is much quieter than on the first floor, as it provides a stellar opportunity for live literary events to take place.

Book Display
From the moment you walk in, you are immersed in thousands and thousands of used books scattered everywhere. There’s a cramped feel to the store, but it has this awesomely cool vintage DIY look. This particular also has to do with tacked-on aisle headings, instead of properly situated ones. And since there are, indeed, three levels, the bookstore seems to be a maze of fiction and non-fiction, especially since there are wooden balconies you are able to peer over from.

Parting Thoughts
On my first visit, I bought a book that was very easy to locate. Hands down, Myopic Books is one of the best bookstore experiences I’ve had. You’ll like it too!


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Amanda Hanna

Amanda Hanna earned her Bachelor's Degree in English, with a concentration in Creative Writing, from DePaul University in June 2014. She plans to pursue her MA in Writing & Publishing, from DePaul, beginning in the fall of 2015. She was born in Chicago, but has lived in a variety of places throughout Southern California, such as Riverside, Orange County, and San Diego. Post high school, she attended a nineteen-day trip to Europe and visited Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, England, and France. On her free time, Amanda loves to draw and paint, attend symphonies and plays, peruse museums, visit farmers' markets, and, of course, read and write. One of her favorite collections of short stories is J.D. Salinger’s, 'Nine Stories'.

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