Fall Reading Blog
One of my favorite activities for this time of year is curling up with a book. Whether the light is coming through the window just right, or maybe the fire in the coffee shop is crackling in that super cozy way, reading is my favorite fall pastime. Looking for a new book to curl up with while you’re here in Chicago? Never fear, bibliophilic friends, Chicago is home to a variety of amazing independent bookstores that you might get lost in—I know I have.

Myopic Books (1564 N Milwaukee Ave)

This is one of my favorite used book stores in the city. Inhabiting a nice little part of Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park, Myopic is a book-lover’s paradise. It has three whole floors of books, books of all kinds. It’s possible to spend an entire afternoon in this place, and since the books are used, you can get double the books as usual - you lucky little duck, you!

Women and Children First (5233 N Clark St)

This book haven is independently owned and operated and has served as a model for feminist bookstores around the world. With a diverse selection of read-able treats that seek to spread the stories of and empower the voices of the traditionally unheard, Women and Children First is a glorious place.

Shake, Rattle, and Read (4812 N Broadway St)

Shake Rattle and Read Book Store

This is not just a used bookstore, it’s also a record store! Is your mind still in tact? Because it shouldn’t be. Shake, Rattle, and Read is a multi-sensory haven in Uptown. Now you won’t have to decide whether to head to the used book store or the record store, you can go to both AT THE SAME TIME. Revolutionary.

Powell’s Bookstore (Multiple Locations)

With three locations throughout the city, Powell’s has become a literary fixture in Chicago. Specializing in rare and out-of-print books, Powell’s is the perfect place to find your next favorite book. The locations are in Hyde Park, University Village, and Lakeview.

Quimby’s (1854 W North Ave)

The home of some of the best small-press books out there, Quimby’s is a place that encourages you to think outside the big publishing house box. With frequent stops from local artists and authors, this place is the bookworm's equivalent of a clubhouse.