Booknerd Adventure: The Book Cellar (Chicago, IL)
When speaking of Chicago’s vibrant indie bookstore scene, certain stores will almost come up. Unabridged, located in the Lakeview neighborhood, is a common mention and for completely justifiable reasons. Powell’s, Myopic, Selected Works, and some other stores specializing in new and used books will also hear their names mentioned.
BUT – Perhaps the most likely name you’ll hear is The Book Cellar.
Nuzzled into Lincoln Square – perhaps Chicago’s most charming neighborhood – The Book Cellar is doing everything right at a time when bookstores (whether corporate monsters or independent storefronts) are falling by the wayside. The store isn’t huge, and doesn’t have everything, but the works it carries are almost all high-quality and the kind of books you eagerly recommend to friends. In addition, they’re incredibly active in readings/signings (with a packed calendar of events), embracing the movement toward e-books, they have a full beer and wine bar in their cafe, and they were the official book vendor for the author signings at the recent Printer’s Row Lit Fest. What’s not to love?
On a recent stop by the store, I left with three books and a warm, fuzzy feeling in my heart.
From the “Staff Picks” rack that I absolutely believe IS populated by books the employees actually feel passionate about, to the little girl sitting with her mom in the cafe reading books side by side, The Book Cellar is the kind of place where literature still reigns supreme.