Book Cellar

Bookstore and Coffee Shop · Ravenswood
4736 N Lincoln Ave (btwn W Lawrence Ave & W Leland Ave), Chicago, IL 60625, United States
Open until 10:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon, Wed–Sat
    • 10:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Tue, Sun
    • Noon–6:00 PM
Beer, Wine
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)

Based on 118 votes

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    Jonathan D.
    "Be sure to to the free event Essay Fiesta!"(3 Tips)
    Giuseppe H.
    "Great book selection and friendly staff."(3 Tips)
    Explore Chicago
    "cozy café serving coffee and wine in the heart of Lincoln Square"(8 Tips)
    Jay G.
    "A surprisingly full selection for an independent bookstore."(2 Tips)
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  • Giuseppe H.

    Great book selection and friendly staff.

    Giuseppe Hernandez · 2 weeks ago
  • Alex W.

    Coffee, wine, and books. It's the best indie bookstore around.

    Alex Weiss · September 7
  • Matt D.

    If you want independent bookstores in your community, it's important to support them. And Book Cellar is well worth supporting.

    Matt Dicker · February 22
  • Stephen L.

    Book Cellar has a good selection of graphic novels and the cafe is the perfect place to read your purchase. Iced americano in lieu of iced coffee was tasty!

    Stephen Legault · November 10, 2014
  • Andrew W.

    Great selection of books and comfortable atmosphere.

    Andrew White · August 10, 2014
  • Surabhi J.

    Amazing place to spend time with books. Loved every bit of it.

    Surabhi Jain · June 8, 2014
  • Jessica S.

    Cute bookstore/ cafe. Don't go there if you really need the Internet for your work/ study. It only allows 10 people on at a time, so if people on the square are using it, you're SOL.

    Jessica Smith · July 21, 2013
  • Jonathan D.

    Fantastic book selection, helpful staff, and fine events. Be sure to to the free event Essay Fiesta!

    Jonathan Davis · July 16, 2013
  • ryan m.

    Real quite...but waaaay cooler than the library.

    ryan morton · July 9, 2013
  • Trena

    They offer Gluten Free cookies and cupcakes for my fellow gluten freaks.

    Trena · January 10, 2013
  • Samantha G.

    They don't have an extensive book selection, but thats not to say the selection they do have isn't relevant. This is still a great neigborhood spot with lots to offer.

    Samantha Garcia · October 18, 2012
  • Lisa W.

    Great local book store, and you can grab a glass of wine or beer as well.

    Lisa W · May 13, 2012
  • Michael K.

    Fast Internet. Really helps a web developer get work done. Not much power though. So come with a full battery charge.

    Michael Koert · January 22, 2012
  • Isaac S.

    Iced mocha is weak.

    Isaac Schoepp · December 29, 2011
  • Kate S.

    Gift wrapping for FREE!

    Kate Snow · December 21, 2011
  • Don

    You can find all of this stuff at Barnes & Noble. I was looking for something really obscure and they didn't have it. Wasn't really a surprise.

    Don · November 12, 2011
  • Explore Chicago

    Discover a unique 2-in-1 bookstore and cozy café serving coffee and wine in the heart of Lincoln Square, hosting events such as Essay Fiesta and Local Author Night.

    Explore Chicago · November 4, 2011
  • Peter E.

    Watch out! The Groupons are only for food and they expire the day of. :-(

    Peter Eriksson · August 19, 2011
  • Alden G.

    Come for the cool interior, great staff, and Julius Meinl, but keep your scanner ready to check out online prices.

    Alden Golab · July 10, 2011
  • Sammi G.

    One of my favorite boon stores :) great place to get away and relax with a good book and a nice glass of wine.

    Sammi Gilmore · June 25, 2011
  • Derek J.

    Twice a month at this place you can hear fierce, funny female comics share their stories. Visit for details and event dates.

    Derek Justmann · June 11, 2011
  • Elizabeth M.

    Essay Fiesta, third Monday of every month, is a delightful free reading series here!

    Elizabeth McQuern · May 17, 2011
  • Angie O.

    Have a class of or coffee & read a book! Very enjoyable, cute place! You have to get the Quotable cards, great for any occasion!

    Angie Osmanski · April 1, 2011
  • Mike B.

    Very pretentious bookstore with rude and pretentious owners, but serving wine cures all ills.

    Mike Beyer · December 13, 2010
  • Brian Z.

    One of the sweetest bookstores I've ever been in, love the recommendations surrounded around the store, really gives you an idea of what books to try out

    Brian Zerfas · November 27, 2010
  • Jay G.

    A surprisingly full selection for an independent bookstore.

    Jay Geneske · August 2, 2010
  • Jace M.

    Find your favorite book and tag your recommendation on it. Forms available at counter.

    Jace Mouse · April 24, 2010
  • keidra c.

    Books and wine. You can't go wrong!

    keidra chaney · March 7, 2010
  • Brian M.

    Great local, cozy bookstore with a coffee shop inside. And they serve wine and beer, too!

    Brian MacQueen · February 9, 2010
  • Jay G.

    Best bookstore in town..and they serve wine.

    Jay Geneske · December 30, 2009

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