Top Choice Books in Detroit

John K. King Used & Rare Books

This cluttered, multi-story bookstore is a Detroit landmark sure to delight any bibliophile. Treasures await in the dusty stacks, and exploring the building is an adventure in itself.
Top Choice Books in South Loop & Near South Side

Sandmeyer's Bookstore

It's not big, it's not flashy and it doesn't host many author events. Instead this small Printer's Row spot offers an old-school bookstore experience of creaking wood floors and jazz piping softly through the speake…
Books in Lake View & Wrigleyville

Chicago Comics

This emporium is frequently cited as one of the nation's best comic-book stores. Old Marvel Superman back issues share shelf space with hand-drawn works by cutting-edge local artists such as Chris Ware, Ivan Brunett…
Books in Near West Side & Pilsen

Open Books

Buy a used book here and you’re helping to fund this volunteer-based literacy group’s programs, which range from in-school reading help for grade-schoolers to book-publishing courses for teens. The jam-packed store …
Books in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village


The epicenter of Chicago’s comic and zine worlds, Quimby’s is one of the linchpins of underground culture in the city. Here you can find everything from crayon-powered punk-rock manifestos to slickly produced graphi…
Books in Andersonville & Uptown

Women & Children First

A feminist mainstay, this independent bookstore has been around for more than 35 years. Book signings and author events happen most weeks at the welcoming shop, which features fiction and nonfiction by and about wom…
Books in Lincoln Square

Book Cellar

The independent Book Cellar is an integral part of the neighborhood. Local book groups hold their meetings here, and authors do readings several nights per week, while the cafe pours wine and beer to add to the fest…
Books in The Loop

Dial Bookshop

As bookshops go, it’s hard to beat the literary pedigree Dial: it’s housed in the Fine Arts Building, once headquarters to groundbreaking modernist magazines The Little Review, Poetry and the eponymous Dial. Honey-c…
Books in Hyde Park & South Side

57th Street Books

A serious university demands a serious bookstore, and as you descend the stairs to this basement-level shop you’ll know you’re in the right place. Its labyrinth of low-slung rooms makes up the kind of old-fashioned …
Books in Hyde Park & South Side

Seminary Co-op Bookstore

At awesomely academic Seminary Co-op, you might run into a Nobel laureate or three. Local scholars adore this place, where you'll find no less than eight versions of War and Peace on the shelves. The shop sprawls th…