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  • 1. Myopic Books

    Wicker Park | Books/Stationery

    One of Chicago's largest used-book dealers carries more than 80,000 titles and buys books from the public on Friday evenings and all-day Saturday...Read More

  • 2. Abraham Lincoln Book Shop

    River North | Books/Stationery

    The shop owner here buys, sells, and appraises books, paintings, documents, and other paraphernalia associated with American military and political...Read More

  • 3. Bookworks

    Lakeview | Books/Stationery

    The stock here includes thousands of titles, many of them used or rare. There's an emphasis on sports (for Cubs fans strolling by from nearby...Read More

  • 4. Greer

    Lincoln Park | Books/Stationery

    Quality products—all beautifully displayed—make it hard to leave this Lincoln Park favorite without a smile on your face. Come here to stock...Read More

  • 5. Inkling

    Lakeview | Books/Stationery

    This quirky hole-in-the-wall specializes in locally made cards, art prints, jewelry, and other hipster-friendly gifts. Every first Friday, Inkling...Read More

  • 6. Paper Doll

    Wicker Park | Books/Stationery

    Doll up your gift with an unusual card and handmade wrapping paper from this Wicker Park shop. Finger puppets, candles, and other gift items...Read More

  • 7. Paper Source

    River North | Books/Stationery

    Reams and reams of different types of paper are sold here; much of it is unusual and expensive. Check out the custom-invitation department and...Read More

  • 8. Quimby's Bookstore

    Wicker Park | Books/Stationery

    This indie bookstore offers one of the city's most diverse selections of reading material. You’ll find everything from fancy coffee-table art...Read More

  • 9. Selected Works Bookstore

    Loop | Books/Stationery

    This charming used-book store relocated from a warren-like basement in Wrigleyville to a bright, sunny shop on the second floor of the Fine...Read More

  • 10. The Book Cellar

    Far Northwest Side | Books/Stationery

    The bright, inviting Book Cellar has a well-edited selection of works ranging from local interest to popular fiction. There's also a small wine...Read More

  • 11. Unabridged Bookstore

    Lakeview | Books/Stationery

    Since 1980 this independent bookshop has maintained a loyal clientele who love its vast selection and dedicated staff. Known for having one...Read More

  • 12. Women & Children First

    Andersonville | Books/Stationery

    This feminist bookstore stocks fiction and nonfiction, periodicals, journals, small-press publications, and a strong selection of gay and lesbian...Read More

  • 13. Europa Books

    Near North Side | Books/Stationery

    Europa is the place for foreign-language books, newspapers, and magazines. This well-stocked bookstore carries French, Spanish, German, and...Read More

  • 14. Paper Boy

    Lakeview | Books/Stationery

    A hip sensibility informs the cards, gift wrap, and invitations sold here by the people who bring you the quirky goods at Uncle Fun across the...Read More

  • 15. Powell's Bookstore

    Lincoln Park | Books/Stationery

    This is one of the oldest and most reliable independent bookshops around; the strength here is the section featuring art, architecture, and...Read More

  • 16. Renegade Handmade


    Fun and funky handmade items by more than 300 local crafters and DIYers are the draw at Renegade Handmade. Nab bars of vegan soap with the stripes...Read More

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