Sandmeyer’s Bookstore

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714 S. Dearborn St. Chicago, IL. 60605
South Loop
Mon. – Wed. 11 AM – 6:30 PM
Thurs. – 11 AM – 8 PM
Fri. – 11 AM – 6:30 PM
Sat. – 11 AM – 5 PM
Sun. – 11 AM – 4 PM

Location + Feel:
Sandmeyer’s Bookstore, an independent and family-owned bookseller, is located on a quaint and quiet nook on Dearborn Street in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop. The exterior of the building is painted in yellow and purple with huge and inviting windows showing off the display books in an effective and vibrant way. Upon climbing the steps and entering the store, one is immediately confronted with an attic smell permeating the air. The antique feel of the store is enhanced further by the creaky (but not creepy) wooden floors as one peruses. While this might, at first, seem to be a negative characteristic for some, the loud floors and the intense attic or basement smells actually make the bookstore even more delightful and inviting. From the moment that I walked in and was pleasantly greeted by the desk bookseller, I was comfortable here. Though not many places to sit and read for a few moments, or a few hours, there are a couple of chairs dispersed in a corner here and a corner there. What I most appreciate about Sandmeyer’s is that it is a decently-sized bookstore that doesn’t overwhelm readers/perusers with an abundance of books. At the same time, the size of the space itself along with how the aisles and books are arranged still make one feel like he/she is engaged in this moment and this is a fruitful experience. The calm, ever-so-soft, classical music playing in the background doesn’t hurt, either.

Book Display:
Sandmeyer’s has just about every book genre one could inquire about or be interested in, including, but not limited to, Biography, Penguin Books, Cookbooks, Fashion, Children, Young Adult, Music, Drama, Travel, and Sale Books. I was especially pleased to see a wonderful fiction and poetry section toward the front of the store. As far as the book display itself, I appreciated both the uniformity and spontaneity of the book arrangements. On just about every aisle, some books were laid out flat on their backs while others sat upright, showing off their spines. This back and forth arrangement did great things for the human eye and for my focus and engagement throughout the store.

Parting Thoughts:
Quaint, beautiful, modern, antique, engaging, and friendly: everything you could want in a bookstore is found here, at Sandmeyer’s.

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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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