One reason Unabridged is unique is that is has stayed in business after Amazon.com, Buy.com and all the other "bookstore.com"s all grabbed the business away from the independent book stores. In fact, not only has it stayed in business, it has thrived. Any time I'm in the neighborhood I have to stop by this shop. The staff does little mini-reviews of books that you find on yellow cards in front of the shelved book they're reviewing. These mini reviews have led me to books I loved and might never have found. And in response to the person who said she wouldn't take kids in, once you know the layout of the store, you'll know how to avoid anything you might find objectionable.
5801 S Ellis AveChicago, IL 60637
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"Bookstore" definitely isn't the right word; Quimby's carries a wide variety of media (printed as well as some visual & audio) on all sorts of topics, all loosely tied by the indie/DIY/countercultural spirit. They have everything from graphic novels and comics to Jack Chick religious tracts and experimental movies. The staff is great too; they let you browse freely and take your time, but they're helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable if you can't find what you're looking for.
This store is a true treasure trove. I loved the fact that when I walked in there was music playing and the fragrant incense that set the tone. The store's owner, Sister Rose, is a true jewel. The store sells all types of African masks, drums, shea butter, black soaps, African fabrics, clothes. This store also carries original artwork i.e. pictures, hand carved wood statues, and jewelry. I love it. Not to mention that it has all of the Obama buttons, hats, and shirts.