Chicago’s Best Bookstores

Whether buying books for yourself or others, here’s a list of the best local bookshops to visit.


Bookman's Alley

Evanston’s Beloved Bookman’s Alley Set To Close

A much-beloved used bookstore in downtown Evanston is set to close its doors after 31 years.

CBS 2–12/07/2011

53rd Street

Hyde Park Bookstore: Construction At Harper Court Has Hurt Business

Not everyone is thrilled about the sweeping redevelopment project that will bring a new hotel and university office building to Hyde Park.

CBS Chicago–12/05/2011

Customers pick over the remnants at Chicago's last Borders store on Monday Sept. 12, 2011. (CBS)

Shoppers Pick Over Inventory As Borders Prepares To Close

The lines have been long outside Borders bookstores this week — very good business indeed — if the stores weren’t all going out of business.

CBS Chicago–09/14/2011


Borders To Close 5 Stores In Chicago, More In Suburbs

Borders Books filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today, and will be closing five stores in the city of Chicago and three more in the suburbs.


(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

College Student Stole Textbooks, Sold Them Back To Bookstore

Police say a west suburban college student has taught them something new about criminal charges.