57th Street Books

1101 E 57th St (at S Kimbark Ave)
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 684-1300


  • A Michelle Obama favorite, this 26-year-old bookstore, part of the Seminary Co-op Bookstores, Inc., is a visually colorful nook with a vast collection childrens and cook books
  • Go in with a plan, otherwise you'll spend a lot of money!
  • The spread here is pretty huge, but it has that indie bookstore touch I love so much: notes from staff with recommendations you otherwise might not have considered.
  • Only thing missing here is a fire and a bottle whiskey.
  • This is why you go to an independent bookstore - helpful, enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff that can give good recommendations without being pretentious. Nice layout lends itself to browsing.
  • The staff recommendations here are unique and on point.
  • Great selection. Knowledgeable staff
  • New books table, great magazine rack, great employees and staff, if you buy a staff recommended book you get a free review copy
  • Books, chairs, water fountain.
  • Hey 57th Street Books, join Freebie!
  • Basement bookstore with shelves the wind through the store. Every trip to this bookshop feels like an expedition!
  • Great little bookstore close to U of C. Browse the kids' section too!
  • Join the co-op, support books in print & save a little money too
  • Staff recommendations up front are superb.
  • The helpful staff here encourage browsing, and kids can play with toys set out for them in the excellent children's section. -- Green Guide Editor

Nearby places

1327 E 57th St (btwn S Kimbark Ave & S Kenwood Ave)
5751 S Woodlawn Ave (at 58th St.)
1501 E 57th St (at Harper)