While any day is a good day to read, Wednesday, August 9 has been officially designated as Book Lovers Day. Why not mark the occasion with a visit to one of these amazing bookstores near our Springs Chicagoland luxury apartment communities?
The appropriately-named Town House is indeed located inside a house, giving it a delightfully cozy ambiance. Town House has hosted noted authors such as Scott Turow and Jane Hamilton for intimate book discussions over dinner served by the onsite café, which is also open for breakfast, lunch and Sunday brunch. On nice days, linger over a book and a latté out in the back courtyard. Visit the website for bookstore and café hours.
2. Prairie Path Books 302 E Wesley, Wheaton 630.765.7455 20.6 miles from Springs at Orchard Road
Owners Sandy and Jenny wanted a trip to their bookstore to have the feel of visiting a friend's home. Nestled within the back of a furniture store, Prairie Path features a 600 square-foot reading room that's a perfect spot to curl up with a book recommended by one of the helpful staff members. There is a twice-monthly book club, and kids will love events like the Thursday morning Milk & Cookies story time. Visit the website for hours.
3. Anderson's Bookshop 123 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville 630.355.2665 12.9 miles from Springs at Weber Road
One satisfied customer referred to Anderson's as "heaven for reading purists," a sentiment that's been recognized by such awards as Publishers Weekly Book Store of the Year. The fifth-generation family-owned business dates back to 1964, when it was a modest paperback store above the family's drug store. In addition to a monthly book club, upcoming events include appearances by blockbuster authors Dan Brown and Stephen King with his son, Owen King. Hours are 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday.
4. Frugal Muse 7511 Lemont Rd, Darien 630.427.1140 14.5 miles from Springs at Weber Road
Build up your "green" karma by shopping for used books at Frugal Muse. Trade in your gently used books, DVDs, CDs and video games for new-to-you reading material and entertainment items. Purchase an annual membership and receive discounts, personal shopping sprees and other members-only perks. Frugal Muse also serves as a community center with events such as open mic nights and trivia contests. Hours are 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday.
5. The Bookstore 475 N Main St, Glen Ellyn 630.469.2891 24.6 miles from Springs at Weber Road
The Bookstore's unpretentious name suits its smart, down-to-earth appeal. Current owners Jane and Jim bought the store after Jane had been a staff member for 12 years. Each year they host a Book Club Night to give book clubs a heads-up on exciting titles scheduled for upcoming release. Visit the website for hours.
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