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Myopic Books

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Wicker Park, Chicago
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  • Zak H.
    Zak HillJune 1
    Huge variety here and everything is very well organized !
  • Liz L.
    Liz LinMay 24
    Plenty of places to sit!
  • Peter B.
    Peter BoyceApril 15
    The best bookstore vibes & helpful staff
  • Andre M.
    Best used book store in the city! Always a great selection. Great price. Books are in great condition.
  • Jochen S.
    Jochen SiessMarch 25
    Attitude of the staff stinks.
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistFebruary 8
    Myopic has three floors of lovingly chosen used books right in the heart of Wicker Park, and it's the unanimous favorite of the Chicagoist staff. Read more
  • Ethan A.
    Ethan AdamsDecember 27, 2016
    You're not allowed to talk on the phone here. Super hipster.
  • Dave H.
    Dave HoltzAugust 6, 2016
    Check out the rare and out of print books section near the front.
  • Maxine C.
    Maxine ChampionJune 23, 2016
    Wander in and get lost for a while. You'll always find something to add to your library.
  • Adam H.
    Adam HickeyJune 6, 2016
    One of the most comprehensive used bookstores I've ever seen. Don't forget the basement.
  • Eddy G.
    Eddy GonzalezNovember 2, 2015
    Cute bookstore with autographed and 1st edition copies
  • Meg M.
    Meg McCartSeptember 18, 2015
    Hike all the way upstairs to cozy up in the reading room there. Also check out the basement for basically everything you can't find above ground.
  • Mariah M.
    Mariah MarconiAugust 24, 2015
    Great selection of new and used books. Very nice variety of poetry & literature journals as well.
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BuggyAugust 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome selection of books, with a great reading area upstairs!
  • Noel R.
    Noel RodriguezJuly 28, 2015
    Super large collection of books and the staff is always helpful. Calvin and Hobbes comic books can be found in the basement level. :-)
  • Carolyn S.
    Carolyn SJune 19, 2015
    A really great used book store, huge selection to choose from. I loved wandering through all the sections
  • Aprile E.
    Aprile ElcichJune 4, 2015
    "No pictures please" guy, thanks for making me feel welcome in your city / store.
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FerreraApril 12, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    If you have a large bag with you, you will be asked to leave it at the desk. Also, they don't want you taking pictures of the inside.
  • Jen M.
    Jen MarquezMarch 30, 2015
    Check out the basement and upper levels.
  • Annie H.
    Annie HildebrandMarch 27, 2015
    Lots of hiding places for hide-and-seek.
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FerreraFebruary 15, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    I was amazed how anyone could cram so many books into this claustrophobia-inducing-yet-huge store. Just going from one end of the store to another is an adventure onto itself.
  • Faithe M.
    Faithe MasonJanuary 26, 2015
    I always find a good book for a cheap price here. Nice hideaways to read books.
  • Ozge Y.
    Ozge YDecember 20, 2014
    Be prepared to check in your large bags. Great place not only for the large collection of books on every subject, but also the atmosphere.
  • Brittany N.
    Brittany NicoleDecember 17, 2014
    The selection here is overwhelming perfect. For people who love to get lost in the stacks, this place is perfect.
  • David C.
    David CurielNovember 29, 2014
    Limited selection of books when you are actually looking for something specific, rather annoyed you can't take pictures inside.
  • Theo E.
    Theo EstesAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Wander the stacks and get lost in some good books.
  • Lindsay F.
    Lindsay FowlerAugust 1, 2014
    Really expensive used books. Great to support your local establishment, but if I'm trying to pinch pennies, I'm going to buy my used books online.
  • Jake B.
    Jake BockApril 12, 2014
    Easily more books than you'll be able to dig through in a visit. Bring camping gear! Note: do not actually camp in the bookstore.
  • Kelli S.
    Kelli SullivanNovember 17, 2013
    Very historic usedbook store and one of the largest in Chicago. Find great deals on books as well as unique novels you wouldn't find in your average bookstore. Located in the awesome area Wicker Park!
  • Greg
    GregSeptember 3, 2013
    If you're selling books, USE SMALL CONTAINERS. They appreciate that.
  • katie z.
    katie zhuJuly 23, 2013
    My go-to bookstore in the city. Amazing selection, paired with old school shelf discoverability. Better than Strand.
  • Joel V.
    Joel V.May 27, 2013
    Great bookstore, claustrophobes beware!
  • Christina
    ChristinaMarch 31, 2013
    This place always has a solid poetry and fiction section
  • Michael L.
    Michael LucasJanuary 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the coolest little bookstores you'll find, literally huge bookshelves filled to the brim with used books. Great little place to find niche and used books.
  • s p.
    s pJune 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    biggest used bookstore in wicker park.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJune 4, 2012
    Local poet Larry Sawyer has booked one of the best free poetry series in the Midwest here for years, and in Myopic’s new third-floor space, the readings are even sunnier.
  • Barb-o-joy
    Barb-o-joyMay 28, 2012
    Buy a tee shirt. ;(
  • Spencer L.
    Spencer LentApril 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Keep an eye on the time because you can get lost in there... so big!!!
  • Johnny D.
    Johnny DarkoFebruary 2, 2012
    3 floors of awesomeness!
  • Georgia M.
    Georgia McKayDecember 3, 2011
    No words for how much I love this book store. Art history nerds rejoice!
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoNovember 4, 2011
    With 3 floors of books stacked from floor to ceiling, Myopic is one of Chicago’s oldest and largest used bookstores. They also have a curious piece of memorabilia: Charles Bukowski’s “last breath”.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneOctober 5, 2011
    One of the largest used bookstores in Chicago, Myopic's three levels include a mezzanine section with reading nooks overlooking the main floor and a basement with floor-to-ceiling shelving. Read more
  • ankur t.
    ankur thakkarJuly 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great reading room upstairs
  • T H.
    T HJune 12, 2011
    You can sell your old books for $ or receive store credit for them. Huge selection. Be sure to say "hi" to Lenny the cat.
  • Dana L.
    Dana LarsonApril 30, 2011
    My ADD prevented me from finding any one thing I wanted to buy. Mind-blowing selection here...
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoMarch 29, 2011
    Huge beautiful and really cheap second hand bookstore. Read more
  • Deanna
    DeannaFebruary 24, 2011
    Go here while your waiting for your table at Earwax Cafe. Found some great books here for cheap! Love the atmosphere also.
  • Leah P.
    Leah PickettFebruary 3, 2011
    the most magical place in wicker park
  • Amy D.
    Amy DittmeierJanuary 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Love going here to pick up graphic novels. Though i find it odd that they chose to put the comics next to the erotica section. No foresight.
  • Alison
    AlisonNovember 28, 2010
    Favorite used bookstore in the city. A little pricier than other used bookstores, but everything is in great condition.
  • Mazda
    MazdaOctober 25, 2010
    One of Chicago's oldest and largest used bookstores, Myopic Books has three floors full of books, an amount totaling over 80,000 editions.
  • Benjamin F.
    Benjamin FolgersMarch 12, 2010
    Go here and support this awesome indie book store! Great finds!
  • Carmen G.
    Carmen GuzmanFebruary 26, 2010
    Great place to find cheap used books. I'd check here before you go to borders, unless you want it new. :/ Read more
  • Rob F.
    Rob FreedmanDecember 21, 2009
    Chess club on Wednesday nights.
  • Lev O.
    Lev OborinOctober 20, 2012
    Нельзя фотографировать (очень секретно, наверное, книги расставлены) и заставляют сдавать сумки. По этой причине я ничего здесь не куплю.
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