Bookstores in Illinois

A guide to the best independent
Illinois bookstores

Antioch

Cafe Book - 395 Lake St. - (847) 395-2223

Burr Ridge

Barbara's Bookstore - 805 Village Center Dr. - (630) 920-1500

Carbondale

Bookworm - Eastgate Shopping Center, 618 E. Walnut - (618) 457-2665 - Used books

Champaign

Jane Addams Book Shop - 208 N. Neil St. - (217) 356-2555 - Used, New books

Bookstores in Chicago

57th Street Books - 1301 E. 57th St. - (773) 684-1300

Abraham Lincoln Book Shop - 357 W. Chicago Ave. - (312) 944-3085 - Rare books

After-Words Bookstore - 23 E. Illinois St. - (312) 464-1110 - Used books

Barbara's Bestsellers Sears Tower - 233 S. Wacker Dr. - (312) 466-0223

Barbara's Bestsellers Northwestern Hospital - 201 E. Huron - (312) 926-2665

Barbara's Bookstore @ Macy's - 111 N. State St. - (312) 781-3033

Beasley Books - 1533 W. Oakdale - Used books

The Book Cellar - 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. - (773) 293-2665

The Bookworks - 3444 N. Clark. - (773) 871-5318 - Used books

City Lit Books - 2523 North Kedzie Blvd. - (773) 235-2523

City Newsstand - 4018 N. Cicero - (773) 545-7377 - Specialty: Newspapers/Magazines

Myopic Books - 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave. - (773) 862-4882 - Used books

Powell's Bookstores - 1501 E. 57th St. - (773) 955-7780 - Used books

Quimby's - 1854 W. North Ave. - (773) 342-0910

Revolution Books - 1103 N. Ashland Ave. - (773) 489-0930 - Specialty: Alternative

Rosenblum's World of Judaica - 2906 W. Devon Ave. - (800) 626-6536 - Specialty: Judaica

Sandmeyer's Bookstore - 714 S. Dearborn St. - (312) 922-2104

Seminary Co-op Bookstore - 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. - (773) 752-4381

Unabridged Bookstore - 3251 N. Broadway - (773) 883-9119 - Specialty: GLBT

Women and Children First - 5233 N. Clark St. - (773) 769-9299 - Specialty: Feminist/Children

Dixon

Books on First - 202 W. 1st St. - (815) 285-2665

Downers Grove

Anderson's Bookshop - 5112 Main St. - (630) 963-2665

Edwardsville

SIUE University Bookstore - Morris University Center - (888) 650-2132 - General books

Evanston

Bookends & Beginnings - 1712 Sherman Ave., Alley 1 - (224) 999-7722

Forest Park

Centuries & Sleuths - Forest Park ILCenturies & Sleuths

7419 W. Madison St.
Phone: (708)771-7243 -
Type: Primarily new books with used books
Specialty: Mystery, History, Biography
Events: Author Signings, Readings, Discussion Groups, Performances

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore makes History, Mystery & Biography come alive.   

Galesburg

Inner Wisdom - 44 N. Seminary St. - (309) 343-8806 - Specialty: Metaphysical/New Age

Glen Ellyn

The Bookstore - Glen Ellyn ILThe Bookstore

475 N Main St
Phone: (630) 469-2891
Type: New books
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Specialty: General Interest, Children's
Events: Author Signings, Readings
Find us: Facebook, Twitter

The Bookstore is in the heart of historic downtown Glen Ellyn and has been a part of our community since 1960. We cater to book clubs and moms and dads with children, though we a little bit of everything. We are a small, independent and pride ourselves on quick ordering and great customer service, please visit us, in person or on the web!

Lake Forest

Lake Forest Book Store - 680 N. Western Ave. - (847) 234-4420

Macomb

New Copperfield's Book Service - 120 N. Side Square - (309) 837-3052

Marion

Bookworm - Illinois Centre Mall, 3000 W. DeYoung - (618) 997-3790 - Used books

Matteson

Azizi Books - Matteson ILAzizi Books

258 Lincoln Mall Dr.
Phone: (708) 283-9850
Specialty:  General Interest, Alternative/Political, Children's, Metaphysical/New Age, African American Interest
Sidelines: Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Readings
Find us: Facebook // Twitter

A community-based, independent bookstore where conscious readers will find current and classic works of fiction along with a wide variety of informative, eclectic, progressive, spiritually uplifting and culturally relevant titles.

Naperville

Anderson's Bookshop - 123 W. Jefferson Ave. - (630) 355-2665

Normal

Babbit's Books - 119 E. Beaufort St. - (309) 454-7393 or (888) 875-3773 - Used books

Northbrook

Book Bin - 1151 Church St. - (847) 498-4999

Oak Park

The Book Table - 1045 Lake St. - (708) 386-9800 - New & Used books

Magic Tree Bookstore - Oak Park ILMagic Tree Bookstore

141 N Oak Park Ave.
Phone: (708) 848-0770
Type: New books
Speicalty: Children's
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Readings
Find us: Facebook

Magic Tree was established in 1984. For almost 30 years we have provided our community and surrounding area with the best of children's literature, games, toys and puppets. We host frequent author visits as well as other book-related fun events and. on occasion, wild midnight release parties. Though we are primarily a children's store we do have a section devoted to current adult titles and when a book title really fits for our town, we even host adult authors.  

Ottawa

Book Mouse - 722 LaSalle St. - (815) 433-7323

Palatine

Top Shelf Books - 47 E. Northwest Hwy - (847) 705-9940 - Used, Collectible books

Peoria Heights

I Know You Like A Book - 4707 N. Prospect Rd. - (309) 685-2665

Quincy

Quincy Books - 3382 Quincy Mall - (217) 224-9762

Rockford

Wonderland Books & Toys - 1625 N Alpine Rd. - (815) 394-1633 - Children's books

St. Charles

Town House Books & Café - 105 N. 2nd Ave. - (630) 584-8600

Virden

The Sly Fox - Virden ILThe Sly Fox

123 N Springfield St.
Phone: (217) 965-3641
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Mystery, Regional
Events: Author Signings

A local full service, independent bookstore located on Historic Route 66 (Illinois Route 4) in Virden, Illinois. Specializes in children's books, mysteries, local regional books including Abraham Lincoln. Local area author events. Will order books for customers. Friendly, small town atmosphere with personal service. 

Winnetka

The Book Stall at Chestnut Court - 811 Elm St. - (800) 678-2242

Woodstock

Read Between the Lynes - Woodstock ILRead Between the Lynes

129 Van Buren St
Phone: (815) 206-5967
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Gifts, Toys/Games
Find us: Facebook

Read Between is a unique community oriented general bookstore located on the historic Woodstock Square. We offer a curated collection of new books for readers of all ages.   

 

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