We’re not sentimental about independent bookstores; we love the superstores for their hours, selection and shopping comfort. But a good independent plays a vital role, serving like a well-read friend who helps you find great things to read. That’s Unabridged, which fits the mold of the classic independent: an eclectic yet large and general-interest selection of titles, along with a specialty that fits the special needs of its community (in this case, gay and lesbian books). But most all, a good independent sets itself apart with a staff that loves to read. At Unabridged, the shelves are full of index cards featuring the hand-written reviews of the staff, as well as notes about books that have won assorted awards. This is always a great way to discover a new author and is especially helpful when buying books from Unabridged’s well-stocked children’s section.
3251 North Broadway (773)883-9119
Audience choice: Myopic Books
1564 North Milwaukee