I mentioned, in my last post, that I had picked the book up from the bargain basement at Horizon Books in Traverse City, MI. Horizon is one of the many, many, many reasons I miss that small northern city, and it got me thinking about how nice it would be to find a version of Horizons here down in the Chicago area. I’m sure they’ve got to be out of here. Chicago’s a big city, with a lot of publishing, so it would be surprising to find out if there aren’t any really individually owned bookshops arms length away.
The problem, of course, is that I’m lazy. A Google search could probably bring some up, but I still wonder if any of my readers might know of any. Or, conversely, is there a personally owned bookstore in your area that you particularly like? I don’t mean used book stores; they’ve always been of a different ilk to me, and they always seem reletively the same no matter where you are. Correct me if I’m wrong on that one, too. But Horizons was a larger store, two stories, sort of like a Borders or a Barnes and Noble, but with less selection and more hometown touches. That sort of thing. The Barnes and Noble in the shopping center where I work is a really nice one, and it’s definitely a worthy substitute until I find my Chicago-area Horizon books (they’re selection of cheap bargain books is always good there, too!).
Then that gets to my question: anyone know of any really good bookstores in the western suburbs, or in the city proper, preferably close to Union Station or the Art Institute? Do you have a bookstore that you absolutely love in your area, and what is it about that place that you like? I think, with Horizon, it was right downtown, so I could ride my bike in, browse the shelves for an hour or so, pick out a few selections, and then ride my bike down to the beach or the lakefront or the river and just sort of bask in the idyllic scenery with my new purchases. I miss being that little bookworm sometimes, but I guess I should start with doing a bit more of that with the one bookstore I really have taken to here. It should also be noted that I haven’t had a lot of time to explore these sorts of things, but, damn it, I want to make time!