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If we were surprised a neighborhood as culturally rich as Logan Square didn’t already have an independent bookstore, we’re also glad to report there’s now City Lit Books, a new shop bound to become a fixture in the hipster enclave.

Owned by longtime Logan Square resident Teresa Kirschbraun, City Lit’s no-nonsense interior reminds us of a tidy, friendly public library branch: The clutter-free space makes for easy browsing of 8,000 fiction and nonfiction titles. Tables in front display curated collections ("Books About Books," "Books About the Suburbs," "Banned Books" and more) with handwritten, funny reviews by staffers. We wouldn’t mind cozying up with Chicago author Rebecca Makkai's latest novel, The Borrower, by the fireplace in the heart of the store.

It’s a bold move to open a bookshop in a world in which pages are increasingly turned with the press of a button, but if you ask us, City Lit's location on the same block where crowds flock for brunch at Lula Café was a genius real estate decision.

While waiting our turn for Bloody Marys recently, we found ourselves the new owners of a copy of Hal Rubenstein’s 100 Unforgettable Dresses, an irresistible fashion journey that would lose its luster entirely on-screen. 

City Lit Books, 2523 N. Kedzie Blvd.; 773-235-2523 or

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