The Book Cellar

4736 N Lincoln Ave Chicago

Western Brown Line/The Book Cellar
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There is no better combination than sweet wine by the glass and wandering around a charming little bookshop. Finally, the two are not mutually exclusive. Located among many small businesses, boutiques, taverns, and restaurants, the Book Cellar stands out as a must-see. This sweet, little bookshop is the perfect place to rest after a long day of traveling or working. Simply, curl up in one of the cozy couches with a good book and order the standard cafe offerings of pastries and coffee, or a glass of wine for your troubles. They also offer free wifi if you want to get some work done here.

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This independent book shop specializes in books by first authors and local writers, showcasing them alongside nationally acclaimed titles. The little store is a hub for readings and events, constantly playing host to book clubs, discussion groups, and author meet-and-greets. John Green, acclaimed author of The Fault in Our Stars, and renowned essayist David Sedaris are just some of the big names to have had appeared in the Book Cellar’s quaint cafe.

While every bookshop offers staff recommendations, Book Cellar’s are always a surprise. Since the emphasis is on local and new writers, it’s easy to find something different that you cannot find anywhere else. It’s also impossible to walk out without a new book or twelve in hand.

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