Best Book Clubs In Chicago

August 26, 2013 7:00 AM

(Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

(Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

(Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

As a bookworm, you probably have some opinions on the books you read. So why not join a book club and share your thoughts with others? Whether you’re an adult who likes to read young adult fiction or just want to check out a new place to hang out and meet fellow bibliophiles, consider joining a new book club. If you’re not sure where to go, then check out the following book clubs to get started.

Book Worms
Park District of Oak Park
Cheney Mansion
220 N. Euclid
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 725-2000

For those looking for a book club to join in Oak Park, you won’t have to look far as the Book Worms reading discussion group is part of the Active Adult program through the Park District of Oak Park. The group meets the fourth Thursday of every month at Cheney Museum and covers an assortment of genres. The books can be picked up at the main branch of the Oak Park Public Library and the group is open to suggestions for future books. Upcoming titles for future discussions include “Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep” by David K. Randall and “The Bean Trees” by Barbara Kingsolver.

One Book, One Chicago
Chicago Public Library

Try as you might, it can be difficult to commit to one evening a month for a book club. The Chicago Public Library is shaking up its One Book, One Chicago program; instead of reading one book, the library is encouraging participants from now through spring 2014 to explore the current theme of migration through films, performances, discussions, books and other media. Chicago Public Library has also teamed up with several community partners, allowing you to have a multi-faceted experience that includes everything from film showings to book discussions, as well as community walks. For a list of upcoming activities, consider checking out the library’s list of events.

Women’s Book Group
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 769-9299

If you’re in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood and are looking for a book club to join, consider checking out The Women’s Book Group, which meets inside Women & Children First (and men are welcome to join, too). The Women’s Book Group is the longest running of the store’s book groups and meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. If you are a member of the book group, you can also get a discount on the next month’s book, which will be available for sale at Women & Children First. Upcoming selections include “Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver on Sept. 17, 2013 and “NW” by Zadie Smith on Oct. 15, 2013. The bookstore hosts several other book clubs; for more information, you can check out the website.

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Never Too Old: A YA Book Club For Adults
The Book Cellar
4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 293-2665

Are you an adult who likes to read young adult novels? Then consider taking part in Never Too Old: A YA Book Club for Adults. The book club, which meets at The Book Cellar in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood, offers participants a chance to read both older favorites and new releases. What’s on tap for upcoming meetings? The group will discuss “Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein and “Island of the Blue Dolphins” by Scott O’Dell. The group usually meets on the last Wednesday of the month at 8 p.m. For more information on this book club, as well as how to join the group, check out the club’s website.

Town House Book Discussion Group For Adults
Town House Books & Café
105 N. 2nd Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 584-8600

For bookworms in the southwest suburbs, heading to Town House Books & Cafe for its monthly book discussion is a great way to explore different genres while meeting new people. The Town House Book Discussion Group for Adults reads and discusses a wide selection of literature, including classics like Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” and Pearl S. Buck’s “The Good Earth.” It also discusses new books, including the memoir “The Boy Kings of Texas” by Domingo Martinez and “The Yellow Birds” by Kevin Powers. The group’s upcoming selections include “Leon and Louise” by Alex Capus, and “Brooklyn” by Colm Toibin. It generally meets the second Sunday of every month at the bookstore from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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