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The Book Cellar

Bookstore and Café
Ravenswood, Chicago
  • The experts at Explore Chicago and Chicagoist recommend this place
    • Explore Chicago
    • Chicagoist
  • Explore Chicago
    "events such as Essay Fiesta and Local Author Night."(3 Tips)
    Jonathan D.
    "Fantastic book selection, helpful staff, and fine events."(2 Tips)
    Jay G.
    "Best bookstore in town..and they serve wine."(8 Tips)
    Jay G.
    "A surprisingly full selection for an independent bookstore."(2 Tips)
32 Tips and reviews
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  • essay fiesta
  • wine
  • coffee
  • comfortable atmosphere
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  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistFebruary 8
    What makes Book Cellar stand out is its role in the local lit community. There's always something going on, whether a book club, a signing or a reading when a long-anticipated book comes out. Read more
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BlewittNovember 13, 2016
    Lots of books, good neighborhood vibe.
  • Connor G.
    Connor GMay 20, 2016
    Great food options. You can never go wrong with their hummus plate and a biscotti to accompany your Julius Meinl coffee.
  • Adelaide J.
    Adelaide JenkinsJanuary 15, 2016
    best of both worlds--books and food.
  • Giuseppe H.
    Giuseppe HernandezNovember 8, 2015
    Great book selection and friendly staff.
  • Alex W.
    Alex WeissSeptember 7, 2015
    Coffee, wine, and books. It's the best indie bookstore around.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerFebruary 22, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    If you want independent bookstores in your community, it's important to support them. And Book Cellar is well worth supporting.
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen LegaultNovember 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WhiteAugust 10, 2014
    Great selection of books and comfortable atmosphere.
  • Surabhi J.
    Surabhi JainJune 8, 2014
    Amazing place to spend time with books. Loved every bit of it.
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica SmithJuly 21, 2013
    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.
  • Jonathan D.
    Jonathan DavisJuly 16, 2013
    Fantastic book selection, helpful staff, and fine events. Be sure to to the free event Essay Fiesta!
  • ryan m.
    ryan mortonJuly 9, 2013
    Real quite...but waaaay cooler than the library.
  • Trena
    TrenaJanuary 10, 2013
    They offer Gluten Free cookies and cupcakes for my fellow gluten freaks.
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WMay 13, 2012
    Great local book store, and you can grab a glass of wine or beer as well.
  • Michael K.
    Michael KoertJanuary 22, 2012
    Fast Internet. Really helps a web developer get work done. Not much power though. So come with a full battery charge.
  • Isaac S.
    Isaac SchoeppDecember 29, 2011
    Iced mocha is weak.
  • Kate S.
    Kate SnowDecember 21, 2011
    Gift wrapping for FREE!
  • Don
    DonNovember 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoNovember 4, 2011
    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.
  • Peter E.
    Peter ErikssonAugust 19, 2011
    Watch out! The Groupons are only for food and they expire the day of. :-(
  • Sammi G.
    Sammi GilmoreJune 25, 2011
    One of my favorite boon stores :) great place to get away and relax with a good book and a nice glass of wine.
  • Derek J.
    Derek JustmannJune 11, 2011
    Twice a month at this place you can hear fierce, funny female comics share their stories. Visit for details and event dates.
  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth McQuernMay 17, 2011
    Essay Fiesta, third Monday of every month, is a delightful free reading series here!
  • Angie O.
    Angie OsmanskiApril 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Have a class of or coffee & read a book! Very enjoyable, cute place! You have to get the Quotable cards, great for any occasion!
  • Mike B.
    Mike BeyerDecember 13, 2010
    Very pretentious bookstore with rude and pretentious owners, but serving wine cures all ills.
  • Brian Z.
    Brian ZerfasNovember 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Jay G.
    Jay GeneskeAugust 2, 2010
    A surprisingly full selection for an independent bookstore.
  • Jace M.
    Jace MouseApril 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Find your favorite book and tag your recommendation on it. Forms available at counter.
  • keidra c.
    keidra chaneyMarch 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Books and wine. You can't go wrong!
  • Brian M.
    Brian MacQueenFebruary 9, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Great local, cozy bookstore with a coffee shop inside. And they serve wine and beer, too!
  • Jay G.
    Jay GeneskeDecember 30, 2009
    Best bookstore in town..and they serve wine.
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