Chicago: 7 Literary Gems You Have To Check Out

Are you heading to the Windy City anytime soon? Are you a complete and utter bookworm? If the answer is “yes,” then this list is for you! Let literature inspire your best vacation ever:


1. Read It & Eat

Read It & Eat is a culinary bookstore located in the heart of Lincoln Park: they cater to foodies and book lovers alike with literature-themed tastings, cooking classes, demonstrations, signings, discussions, and more.

2. Ernest Hemingway’s Birthplace Home And Museum

The perfect way to explore this famous author’s background and formative influences, Ernest Hemingway’s Birthplace Home and Museum offers engaging tours and museum visits, holds conferences on the author’s work, and sponsors a “Writer in Residence” program, which allows journalists and authors to actually work in Hemingway’s attic office.

3. 57th Street Books

A cavernous, maze-like store in the basement of a Hyde Park building, 57th Street Books is known for its astonishing array of children’s books, local authors, and literature of all kinds.

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4. Newberry Library

A world-renowned independent research library, the Newberry Library also houses vast collections on a wide range of topics: they’ve got early editions of books, manuscripts, and maps; letters and journals written by famous writers; and a variety of materials related to European and American civilizations.

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Source: Newberry

5. Women And Children First

This amazing bookstore is dedicated to promoting the writing of women and other marginalized voices. They stock all sorts of books, but first and foremost they are a feminist bookstore–they’ve got over 30,000 volumes written by and about women!

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6. Myopic Bookstore

More than 70,000 books can be found here! And not just books–as you can see, this award-winning bookstore is home to adorable kitties as well.

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7. Printers Row Lit Festival

One of the largest outdoor literature festivals in the country, Chicago’s Printers Row Lit Festival was founded in 1985 and is committed to promoting literacy and literature. At this annual event, you can meet some of your favorite authors, go to cooking demos hosted by famous cookbook authors, and attend all sorts of panels, readings, and discussions.

Have fun exploring Chicago, book lovers!

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