I have acclimated to almost everything in Lake County since moving from the city almost seven years ago. Sadly, one thing that I have not been able to find is a local independent bookstore. I asked around on Facebook and did some research, and it turns out there are very few. Like a broken record, I will say over and over again that if we want local shops we need to support local shops. This Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day, and while there are very few independent bookstores in Lake County, I encourage you to visit them, shop at them and let them know they are appreciated.
Independent Bookstores in Lake County
Lake Forest Bookstore
680 N. Western Ave., Lake Forest | (847) 234-4420 | Facebook
This is the Independent Bookstore in Lake County and will come up over and over again in conversation. They host tons of events with authors and readings, and partner with local libraries as well. On Saturday, they will celebrate with raffles, discounts and refreshments all day.
The Book Bin
1151 Church St., Northbrook | (847) 498-4999 | Facebook
In business for 43 years, this store focuses on finding the perfect book for patrons and conducts personalized, out-of-print searches with a 90 percent success rate.
While not in Lake County these are some local independent bookstores that are worth the drive to visit:
The Book Stall
811 Elm St. Winnetka | (847) 446-8880 | Facebook
The Book Stall will be celebrating all day with guest authors, raffle prizes, giveaways and refreshments. There will be special edition artwork and other limited-edition items available. We have been here for author storytimes and it’s truly a great time with knowledgeable staff and lots of extras to make the event special.
Read Between the Lynes
129 E. Van Buren St., Woodstock | (815) 206-5967 | Facebook
Some highlights of what they will have on Saturday: A signed and framed cover of Allegiant by Veronica Roth, and a signed watercolor mandala from Wendy Piersall.
Favorite Used Bookstores in Lake County
When I asked friends and our Facebook Fans for recommendations, several used bookstore came up over and over again. Check these out if you are a book lover, or the parent of one!
Galaxy of Books
1704 Main St., Winthrop Harbor | (847) 872-3313 | Facebook
In edition to gently used and out of print books, they carry new comic books and will be participating in Free Comic Book Day.
So get out and read local! If we missed your favorite bookstore please share it with us!