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Indie Bookstores in Illinois

The best list of independent Illinois bookstores

 

  • City Title Antioch
  • Address 1 395 Lake St.
  • Phone (847) 395-2223
  • Type New books
  • City Title Carbondale
  • Address 1 Eastgate Shopping Center, 618 E. Walnut
  • Phone (618) 457-2665
  • Type Used books
  • City Title Champaign
  • Address 1 208 N. Neil St.
  • Phone (217) 356-2555
  • Type Used books
  • City Title Charleston
  • Address 1 601 Monroe
  • Phone (217) 345-2627
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Events Readings

Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, since 1938, specialists in Abraham Lincoln, U.S. Civil War, all U.S. Presidents, other Americana and notable individuals.

  • Address 1 111 N. State St.
  • Phone (312) 781-3126
  • Type New books
  • Address 1 1533 W. Oakdale
  • Phone (773) 472-4528
  • Type Used books
  • Address 1 3444 N. Clark.
  • Phone (773) 871-5318
  • Type Used books
  • Address 1 2523 North Kedzie Blvd.
  • Phone (773) 235-2523
  • Type New books
  • Address 1 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave.
  • Phone (773) 862-4882
  • Type Used books
  • Address 1 1501 E. 57th St.
  • Phone (773) 955-7780
  • Type Used books
  • Address 1 1854 W. North Ave.
  • Phone (773) 342-0910
  • Type New books
  • Address 1 2142 N Halsted St
  • Phone (773) 661-6158
  • Type New books
  • Sidelines Café/Food
Read It & Eat is a culinary bookstore specializing in food-oriented books and events.
  • Address 1 1103 N. Ashland Ave.
  • Phone (773) 489-0930
  • Type New books
  • Address 1 2142 W. Roscoe St.
  • Phone (773) 857-2676
  • Type New books

We are Chicago's new independent bookstore. Proudly brewing Metropolis coffee and serving Dollop baked goods. Local beer & select wine on rotating menu!

  • City Title Darien
  • Address 1 7511 Lemont Rd.
  • Phone (630) 427-1140
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games
  • City Title Downers Grove
  • Address 1 5112 Main St.
  • Phone (630) 963-2665
  • City Title Edwardsville
  • Address 1 454 E. Vandalia St.
  • Phone (618) 655-0355
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games
  • City Title Evanston
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  • Address 1 1712 Sherman Ave., Alley 1
  • Phone (224) 999-7722
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
Bookends & Beginnings is located in the heart of downtown Evanston, right of Sherman Avenue. We offer an eclectic mix of new, used, and remaindered books, additionally an attractive (and affordable) line of jewelry from Germany, blank notebooks (also from Germany), book boxes, handmade pens and writing paraphernalia, and other gift items. Customer orders for books not in stock are fulfilled within 2-5 days.
  • City Title Forest Park
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  • Address 1 7419 W. Madison St.
  • Phone (708)771-7243 -
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty Mystery
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore makes History, Mystery & Biography come alive.
  • City Title Galena
  • Address 1 408 S Main
  • Phone (815) 777-2738
  • Type Used books
  • Sidelines Curiosities
A Peace of the Past carries 30,000+ volumes serving the casual reader and serious collector surrounded by vintage and antique treasures. Located on Main Street in historic Galena, Illinois since 1991. New inventory arrives daily.
  • City Title Galesburg
  • Address 1 44 N. Seminary St.
  • Phone (309) 343-8806
  • Specialty Metaphysical/New Age
  • Address 1 238 Main St
  • Phone (309) 351-7344
  • Type Used books
  • City Title Glen Ellyn
  • Image Image
  • Address 1 475 N Main St
  • Phone (630) 469-2891
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
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!

At Our Town Books you will find a variety of new and good-quality used books including contemporary fiction, children’s books, Civil War history, and books with a local flavor.

  • City Title Marion
  • Address 1 Illinois Centre Mall, 3000 W. DeYoung
  • Phone (618) 997-3790
  • Type Used books
  • City Title Mount Vernon
  • Address 1 104 N. 9th St.
  • Phone (618) 315-6774
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Gifts, Toys/Games
  • Events Author Signings

King City Books has a great atmosphere! Our shop has lots of character and a great layout. We offer a wide variety of books to choose from, even a kiddy area! Our scones and coffee are delicious, and our staff is very knowledgeable, personable, and ready to assist you. Come visit us once and you will plan on spending lots of time here. We gladly welcome school and other groups to join us for readings and special events.

  • City Title Nokomis
  • Address 1 113 & 115 West State St
  • Phone (217) 563-7633
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Sidelines Gifts
  • City Title Northbrook
  • Address 1 1151 Church St.
  • Phone (847) 498-4999
  • City Title Oak Park
  • Address 1 1045 Lake St.
  • Phone (708) 386-9800
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
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  • Address 1 141 N Oak Park Ave.
  • Phone (708) 848-0770
  • Type New books
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
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.
  • City Title Ottawa
  • Address 1 722 LaSalle St.
  • Phone (815) 433-7323
  • City Title Palatine
  • Address 1 47 E. Northwest Hwy
  • Phone (847) 705-9940
  • Type Used books
  • City Title Peoria
  • Address 1 929 N Sheridan Rd, Ste 1A
  • Phone (309) 634-5383
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

Lit. on Fire Used Books is the newest book store in Peoria, Illinois, boasting over 6,000 well cared for, unique, hand-picked titles to choose from and growing daily! We are located in the Studios on Sheridan (in the Sunbeam Building) nestled between other unique shops and art studios. Customers are welcomed to draw, write poetry, and doodle on the bookcases to add to the already artistic atmosphere.

  • City Title Peoria Heights
  • Address 1 4707 N. Prospect Rd.
  • Phone (309) 685-2665
  • City Title Quincy
  • Address 1 3382 Quincy Mall
  • Phone (217) 224-9762
  • City Title Shelbyville
  • Address 1 222 E. Main St.
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • City Title Villa Park
  • Address 1 22 South Villa Ave.
  • Phone (630) 832-1020
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

Drop by Prairie Path Books, opened in June 2014, for a cup of coffee and check out our great hand picked selection of books and gifts. 

  • City Title Woodstock
  • Image Image
  • Address 1 111 E. Van Buren St
  • Phone (815) 206-5967
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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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