Seminary Cooperative Bookstore
Long before the superstores, this bookseller was offering discounts to book buyers, as long as they bought shares in the store. That small investment also makes you part owner of what may be the world’s best academic bookstore. With more than 100,000 different titles, and virtually no potboilers, this is the place to pump up your gray matter. The store rambles underground beneath an actual seminary-make sure you look for the map-and it feels sometimes like the catacombs.
5757 South University (773)752-4381
Best of Chicago 2002