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Powell's Books Chicago

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Hyde Park institution

Powell's second-hand bookstore is a Hyde Park institution - it's been on the same corner of 57th... read more

Reviewed 8 November 2018
Patti A
A neat used bookstore

I mean “neat” in both senses of the word. This is probably the most organized used bookstore I’ve... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2018
Anna D
Berkshires, Massachusetts
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7 Nov 2018
“Hyde Park institution”
21 Aug 2018
“A neat used bookstore”
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Reviewed 8 November 2018

Powell's second-hand bookstore is a Hyde Park institution - it's been on the same corner of 57th and Harper for decades. Wonderful eclectic intelligent selection of books and friendly staff.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Patti A
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

I mean “neat” in both senses of the word. This is probably the most organized used bookstore I’ve ever been to, which made it all the more enjoyable to browse. And even if you can’t find a section by yourself, the staff are friendly and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Anna D
Reviewed 9 April 2018

The most quality curation in the Midwest (and perhaps the country), especially in art and philosophy. The literature selection contains more erudite, psychoanalytical, out-of-print, and translated literature that is very hard to come by. I absolutely revel in the entire section devoted to NYRB Classics....More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Stephanie L
Reviewed 21 January 2018

Took a little while to find. It is truly a hole in the wall. But once we got there we didn't want to leave. They have a great inventory of books, including early editions. If you have enough time on your trip to venture out...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

An excellent source of academic, literary, cultural, and art history publications. I am particularly happy with their art history, archeology, and Asian, general European, Russian, Latin American, and ancient history sections. Most of the books are used, so you can find many long-sought rare treasures...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 10 December 2017

Powell’s was a pleasant diversion after touring FLW Robie House a few blocks away. Excellent selection on limited number of categories, enjoyed local history section the most, cooking least. The surly, condescending book store clerk is alive and well at Powell’s. Be sure to pay...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 26 May 2017

We went to Chicago to visit a friend and he took us here knowing how much we all love books. This place was awesome! Great prices, great selection, great atmosphere, and the books were all in great shape! It's inspired us to try to stop...More

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

This was the last of 10 bookstores we visited and it was the friendliest!! Two ladies welcomed us and we celebrated our journey's end with some great and very reasonably priced books. A true Indy store deserving of your patronage.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank AnthonyGosling
Reviewed 21 February 2017

what can one say about a used bookstore a stone's throw from the U of C campus? for atrters the owners are accessible roaming the store; and their curated selection is an amazing drawing card. from fiction to any non-fiction topic one wishes to explore...More

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed 13 July 2015

I ordered from this Store through Amazon and was delighted with their service. I was kept up to date with shipping details and surprised how quickly I received my book in Scotland. It also arrived in excellent condition. Thank you

Date of experience: May 2015
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Hyde Park
If you want to get a feel for quintessential South
Side Chicago, you have to make a stop in Hyde Park,
one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. This
historic area is home to two of the city’s most
prominent cultural institutions, the Museum of Science
and Industry and the University of Chicago. A stroll
here will bring you past vintage and grand hotels
converted into luxury apartment buildings; peaceful
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