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Chicago: Bookman’s Corner

Jerry Stratton, April 5, 2016

Bookman’s Corner: Bookman’s Corner bookstore in Lakeview, in Chicago, Illinois.; Chicago; bookstores

This place is filled with towers of books. Looking for a book here is like playing Giant Jenga. If you’re not careful, the whole thing will fall down.

Even the window displays are massed piles of books.

But it is a great bookstore, especially if you’re looking for books about old Chicago. This is where I found Deadlines & Monkeyshines, and of course some books on Mike Royko, including one I’d been looking for, For the Love of Mike.

As you can see, they also have a nice selection of cheap Tarzan novels. Not a huge amount of mass-market fiction, but I was able to find some nice options there as well.

And a whole lot of history books and a bunch more. You have to wander through it to believe it.

If you are in Chicago, there are a handful of places you must visit. The Billy Goat Tavern; the Lincoln Park Zoo; the Printers Row Lit Fest; and, in my opinion, if you’re a book-lover you must visit Bookman’s Corner.

Bookman’s Corner
2959 North Clark
Chicago, Illinois

Nov. 7, 2021

The Closing of the American Mind Allan Bloom $3.50 hardcover

March 17, 2015

Tarzan and the Lion Man Edgar Rice Burroughs $0.25 mass market paperback
Tarzan the Invincible Edgar Rice Burroughs $0.25 mass market paperback
Tarzan the Magnificent Edgar Rice Burroughs $0.50 mass market paperback
Tarzan and the City of Gold Edgar Rice Burroughs $0.75 mass market paperback
The Gates of Creation Philip José Farmer $0.75 mass market paperback
Chains of the Sea Robert Silverberg $0.75 mass market paperback
That Hideous Strength C.S. Lewis $1.50 mass market paperback
the cabin David Mamet $3.00 small trade paperback

June 5, 2014

Turkish Cookery $3.00 unknown print
Deadlines & Monkeyshines John J. McPhaul $4.00 hardcover
For the Love of Mike Mike Royko $5.00 hardcover

In response to The bookstores less traveled: These aren’t the bookstores people travel across the country to visit. But if you’re already traveling across the country, you’ll want to take advantage of the opportunity to visit them.

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