Thanks to the Armadillo’s Pillow, you can get your Nag Champa and used and rare books all in the same place. The bookstore offers a diverse selection of used books on spirituality, history, psychology and the occult in addition to literary fiction titles, and offers an always-changing selection of candles, incense, handmade jewelry, journals, scarves and other such goods. Make time for a long visit—you’ll get lost among the shelves for hours, and then settle down into one of the comfortable chairs to disappear into an old edition of that book you’ve been meaning to read for ages. Treasures are everywhere at the Armadillo’s Pillow; on a recent visit we discovered a hardcover edition of Vanity Fair from the 1930s and later found two four-leaf clovers pressed between the pages.
6753 North Sheridan, (773)761-2558, armadillospillow.com
Best of Chicago 2013