Powell’s: Two nearby locations, one in University Village and one in Hyde Park.
O’Gara and Wilson: A short drive over state lines, but home to the best old maps, antique photos, and out-of-print books in the Midwest.
Abraham Lincoln Bookshop: Historical Americana and amazing old-book smells.
Seminary Co-op Bookstore: Some mourn its move out of the basement of the Chicago Theological Seminary, but we like not hitting our heads on the tennis-ball-covered ceiling pipes at the new above-ground location. It still offers 120,000 titles in the humanities and social sciences, arguably the largest such inventory in the United States.