August 9 National Book Lovers Day, and if you're looking for a place to snag a read and celebrate, Chicago's got you covered.
The city has dozens of bookstores, from the big-box chains to museum-like collections of rare gems. But for this year's holiday, we wanted to show some love to the city's more independent, local-exclusive literary landmarks.
So if you're cashing in on the Chicago Public Library's rare amnesty offer and cleaning your bookshelves of delinquent texts, we've got some suggestions for where to restock.
Check out our roundup of some of our favorite local bookstores, and share any great ones we missed in the comments:
A Lakeview staple since it opened in November of 1980, Unabridged Books has maintained its focus on providing gay- and lesbian-specific titles in addition to providing an excellent selection for the general public. <a href="http://www.unabridgedbookstore.com/" target="_hplink">Unabridged Bookstore</a> 3251 N Broadway St
With a third location recently opened in University Village, Powell's Bookstores in Lakeview and Hyde Park have been serving Chicago students and readers for decades. They specialize in academic works but have widely varied selections; together, the three will carry more than half a million books. <a href="http://www.powellschicago.com" target="_hplink">Powell's Bookstore</a> 2850 N Lincoln Ave 1501 E 57th St 1218 S. Halsted
Open late, in the center of the action with three floors of over 80,000 editions: Myopic Bookstore in Wicker Park couldn't have helped becoming the hipster hotspot it is today. <a href="http://www.myopicbookstore.com" target="_hplink">Myopic Bookstore </a>1564 N Milwaukee Ave
The Armadillo's Pillow Bookstore
The collection at the Armadillo's Pillow Bookstore in Rogers Park includes rare and hard-to-find books, as well as plenty of the classics. Its kitschy charm and open mic nights have made it a tourist destination. <a href="http://www.armadillospillow.com" target="_hplink">Armadillo's Pillow</a> 6753 N Sheridan Rd
Quimby's calls itself a specialist in "unusual publications, aberrant periodicals, saucy comic booklets," independent zines and more, and the selection certainly lives up to that expectation. <a href="http://www.quimbys.com" target="_hplink">Quimby's Bookstore</a> 1854 W North Ave
A true mom-and-pop shop, Sandmeyer's Bookstore offers extensive selections of new releases, travel guides, bestsellers and children's books. It's been family owned and operated in the South Loop for 28 years. <a href="http://www.sandmeyersbookstore.com" target="_hplink">Sandmeyer's Bookstore </a>714 S Dearborn St
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
With a $30 membership (comprised of three $10 stock share purchases), Co-op bookstore patrons get special perks including a 10 percent discount off most purchases and a share in the store's earnings. Non-members are welcome to buy books at this and other locations, too. <a href="http://www.semcoop.com/" target="_hplink">Seminary Co-op Bookstore</a> 5757 S University Ave
The Book Cellar
Praised for its "old world charm," Lincoln Square's the Book Cellar offers a selection as varied and diverse as the host of independent shops that surround it. <a href="http://www.bookcellarinc.com" target="_hplink">The Book Cellar</a> 4736 N Lincoln Ave