As wonderful as the Kindle and iPad are for reading books on a plane or at the beach, there is something about wandering around a bookstore and flipping through the pages of a book and smelling that “bookstore” smell that can’t be beat. Get ready to grab a warm cup of coffee, cozy up in the corner, and forget the world at the best literary spots in Chicago.
Printing House Row used to be home to (you guessed it!) several of Chicago’s first printing houses. During the first week of June, be sure to catch the annual Printer’s Row Lit Festival. Booksellers line the streets and famous authors host readings. And the best part? It is all free! That is, if you can refrain from buying all the unique books and literary gifts.