June 24, 2007

10 Favorite Bookstores

Each of these is independently owned and offers a distinct personality. Feel like doing a little gold-digging? Pick through the cluttered stacks of used-books at Ravenswood Books. Care for a glass of Pinot Grigio to accompany your book buying? Visit the Book Cellar. Want to feel smarter just by visiting a bookstore? Head downstairs to the Seminary Co-op at the University of Chicago. Want to check out some good-looking gay men while checking out the newest bestsellers? Unabridged Books. Feel like visiting a rambling apartment filled with books and literary artifacts? Stop by Bookman's Alley.

  • Ravenswood Books, 4626 N. Lincoln Avenue (in Lincoln Square) 773-593-9166. That's owner Jim Mall in the photo.

  • The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Avenue (in Lincoln Square) 773-293-2665 http://www.bookcellarinc.com/

  • Seminary Cooperative Bookstore at the Chicago Theological Seminary, 5757 S. University Avenue (in Hyde Park). 773-752-1959. http://www.semcoop.com/

  • Unabridged Books, 3251 N. Broadway (in Boystown) 773-883-9119 http://www.unabridgedbookstore.com/

  • Afterwords Books, 23 E Illinois (in Streeterville) 312-464-1110

  • Bookworks, 3444 N Clark (in Lakeview) 773-871-5318

  • 57th Street Bookstore, 1301 E. 57th Street (in Hyde Park) 773-684-1300

  • Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark (in Andersonville) 773-769-9299 http://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/

  • Transitions Bookplace, 1000 W. North Avenue (near North and Clybourn). 312-951-7323 http://www.transitionsbookplace.com/

  • Bookman's Alley, in the alley (of course) at the rear of 1712 Sherman Avenue in Evanston. 847-869-6999

What bookstores are your favorites -- and why do you like them?


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