[Chicago] Good Tech Bookstores in Chicagoland?

Michael Tobis mtobis at gmail.com
Tue Jan 8 00:49:57 CET 2008

There's nothing in Chicago like Dallas's Nerdbooks, as far as I know.
I think there used to be one around Naperville called Bits N Bytes,
but I never managed to get there. That may be ancient history.

I love sci/tech sections in bookstores and know many of the ones in
Chicago. Tech quality seems to come and go. Four years ago I thought
the U of C bookstore was one of the best in the world. It is now
remarkably mundane. The best selection I know of  (or as of about a
year ago) is or was the downtown DePaul campus's Barnes & Noble,
followed by the Borders at Oak Brook.

I think the question is about independents with a strong geek flavor
(who might want to participate in PyCon). Even Austin does better than
Chicago on this score as far as I know with Intellectual Property.

Powell's in Chicago is a wonderful used bookstore but not  a place to
get current gems from O'Reilly, MIT Press and the like. I don't think
they are closely related to any Powell's elsewhere.


On Jan 7, 2008 5:19 PM,  <skip at pobox.com> wrote:
>     >> At OSCON in Portland a local tech bookstore (Powell's) had a large
>     >> presence, and it was a good service for attendees.
>     Ted> If I'm not mistaken, Powell's is a nation chain (though a bit more
>     Ted> respectable in book circles, from the little I've heard, than say,
>     Ted> B&N) -- if that's the case, we could likely approach one of the
>     Ted> local Powell's and see if they'd be interested.
> Yes, I always thought of Powell's as a Northwest phenomenon but stumbled
> upon one in Chicago a few months ago.  Certainly seems like it would be
> worth a query.
> What about any of the bookstores near the various college/university
> campuses?  There must be one that's kinda geeky.
> Skip
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