“Borders might have closed (RIP) and e-readers might be everywhere on the L, but the printed word is far from dead. Chicago’s book scene is flourishing through its independent shops. Browse the stacks at these eight essential neighborhood bookstores in search of anything from the latest bestseller to obscure first editions.

Unabridged Books – Lakeview

Unabridged Books has been open since 1980, weathering all of the changes that have reshaped Lakeview since then. The bookstore is known for its broad selection across fiction and nonfiction, as well as its LGBTQ literature. Lose yourself in the Unabridged Books travel room, or ask about the shop’s collection of signed books. Unabridged Books also hosts book launches and talks by local authors. ”

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