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Address: 2959 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657 (Cross street: Wellington Ave)
Neighborhood: East Lakeview
Specifics: Books
Phone: 773-929-8298
Shopping Chicago's most surprising bookstore, last of a dying breed.

    
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Posted by:  Sarah Enelow

This bookstore is about the experience, not about finding the third edition of The Brothers Karamazov with the translator's note by so-and-so in less than five minutes. To say that this store is unorganized is a massive understatement: books are loosely grouped by subject matter (see the index cards taped to the shelves), they're spilling out from every shelf, every corner, and they might even be erupting out of the floor. But who cares? You never know what you'll find, maybe a 600-page volume about the insects of Eastern Siberia, or a gorgeous book of photography, or a rare novel by that author you always meant to check out. Especially for a neighborhood where the Borders has been swallowed up by a long-protested Walmart, Bookman's Corner is a real gem.

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