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Way better than Barnes and Noble

Found some great cloth-bound Shakespeare's for only $10 each, not the place if you're looking for a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
John C
Toronto, Canada
Remember downstairs

Located down steps and steps from Michigan Avenue shopping, we enjoyed an undisturbed hour of... read more

Reviewed July 22, 2019
Mississauga, Canada
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2 weeks ago
“Way better than Barnes and Noble”
Jul 22, 2019
“Remember downstairs”
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Found some great cloth-bound Shakespeare's for only $10 each, not the place if you're looking for a full set but amazing to browse and pick up some nice quality used books. Prices are very fair, condition of books is great, atmosphere is calm and friendly,...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank John C
Reviewed July 22, 2019

Located down steps and steps from Michigan Avenue shopping, we enjoyed an undisturbed hour of browsing and reading. Great selection upstairs/downstairs, and what looks like a fun event space for rent.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed March 24, 2019 via mobile

Fantastic YA selection! Very well-organized and great location. I visit book stores and libraries in almost every city I visit and this one is worth your time.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Betsy C
Reviewed October 27, 2018

The store carries both new and used books (adult used books are downstairs). The new books are an interesting selection--they do carry the obvious bestsellers, but whoever places the orders has an eye for indie books and publishers. Used book selection depends a great deal...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed October 25, 2017 via mobile

This place has a solid selection of fiction/literature titles. We just stumbled upon it while wandering lost around the city. Staff was pleasant to talk with and provided all kinds of useful info. Setting is pretty cool, too.

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Matt S
Reviewed September 25, 2017

This book store which is over two levels has a combination of new and used books. Quiet little sitting areas throughout the store give you somewhere to start reading that book. Great place to loose a few hours on a rainy day.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed August 27, 2017 via mobile

We were in Chicago for a 3 day visit and thought we had scouted the independent bookstores - we were wrong. While walking downtown we came across After-Words New and Used Books and walked away having found a wonderful independent bookseller and 8 books. Don't...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

Just a wonderful independent bookstore with helpful, well read staff. It's worth a stop if you are in downtown Chicago.

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank Barbara P
Reviewed April 17, 2016

Some construction made this a bit hard to find but I'm glad we persisted -- it has a pretty good array of books and the staff were helpful and friendly. It has an intimate feel but it is still two floors worth of books so...More

Date of experience: March 2016
2  Thank Mellisa H
Reviewed January 30, 2016

We were staying right near there on our last trip to Chicago. It has 2 floors and tons of books. You can spend a lot of time just wondering around the different sections. It's a local bookstore.

Date of experience: January 2016
2  Thank Wisconsinite01
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