Women & Children First

★★★★★
  • 5233 N Clark St

    Chicago, IL 60640

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  • 773-769-9299

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MON-TUE 11:00 am-7:00 pm WED-FRI 11:00 am-9:00 pm SAT 10:00 am-7:00 pm SUN 11:00 am-6:00 pm

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This place has the best books!!! I can always find unique books here for both myself and kiddies. I love the fact that they have a lot of community speakers and presenters come into the place. I love going into a bookstore and just passing hours at a pop by relaxing pouring through books. The staff has never made me feel uncomfortable for lounging about and taking my time, even if I don't buy something. I highly recommend this place to anyone with children, but especially anyone who has a daughter defineitely should check this place out. It is a gem of a bookstore and truly deserves the high rating it has achieved.

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★★★★★

This place has the best books!!! I can always find unique books here for both myself and kiddies. I love the fact that they have a lot of community speakers and presenters come into the place. I love going into a bookstore and just passing hours at a pop by relaxing pouring through books. The staff has never made me feel uncomfortable for lounging about and taking my time, even if I don't buy something. I highly recommend this place to anyone with children, but especially anyone who has a daughter defineitely should check this place out. It is a gem of a bookstore and truly deserves the high rating it has achieved.

Pros: extensive collection of certain books, great variety of hard to find genres

Cons: parking stinks in andersonville, not enough of other genres

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Brilliant!!!!! This store is doing something that most stores can only dream of. A perfect mix of feminist, hip, caring, and smart. This store has the best customer service in Chicago by caring women that actually want to help you and not just make a sale. I highly suggest a trip to Aville to visit this little gem.

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★★★★★

Brilliant!!!!! This store is doing something that most stores can only dream of. A perfect mix of feminist, hip, caring, and smart. This store has the best customer service in Chicago by caring women that actually want to help you and not just make a sale. I highly suggest a trip to Aville to visit this little gem.

Pros: hard to find magazines/zines, great selection of hard to finds

Cons: small space

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Not as laid back as I would like. But its okay. Aside from books, of course, they have book groups, various speakers, and comedians, poetry readings, and book signings. In a couple of weeks I'm going to go see Jill Soloway (you know, Six Feet Under)!
And, no, the speakers dont disturb your reading.

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★★★★☆

Not as laid back as I would like. But its okay. Aside from books, of course, they have book groups, various speakers, and comedians, poetry readings, and book signings. In a couple of weeks I'm going to go see Jill Soloway (you know, Six Feet Under)!
And, no, the speakers dont disturb your reading.

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The age of the independent bookstore has passed and just a few outstanding indies remain, and this is definitely one of them. Find books on any topic related to women and/or children and lots of cool gifts too. You will find the same types of books as mainstream stores, but then a healthy selection of specialty books and journals too. This is a great place to visit with helpful staff.

PROS: all the great feminist classics as well as mainstream material
CONS: no deep discounting on best sellers

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★★★★★

The age of the independent bookstore has passed and just a few outstanding indies remain, and this is definitely one of them. Find books on any topic related to women and/or children and lots of cool gifts too. You will find the same types of books as mainstream stores, but then a healthy selection of specialty books and journals too. This is a great place to visit with helpful staff.

PROS: all the great feminist classics as well as mainstream material
CONS: no deep discounting on best sellers

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This is a wonderful store located in Andersonville. It has a wide selection of books including LGTB books - probably the largest slection in the city. This store has been around for over 25 years and is very dedicated to the community. It has wonderful speakers on a weekly basis as well as several book groups. If you buy the book club book, you get 10% off. If they do not carry the book you are looking for they are very happy to order it for - they will even order for your book club! Very helpful and friendly staff. In addition to the books they have CD's and videos to rent. They also have a large community event board - very helpful in knowing what is going on.

PROS: they have a parking lot
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This is a wonderful store located in Andersonville. It has a wide selection of books including LGTB books - probably the largest slection in the city. This store has been around for over 25 years and is very dedicated to the community. It has wonderful speakers on a weekly basis as well as several book groups. If you buy the book club book, you get 10% off. If they do not carry the book you are looking for they are very happy to order it for - they will even order for your book club! Very helpful and friendly staff. In addition to the books they have CD's and videos to rent. They also have a large community event board - very helpful in knowing what is going on.

PROS: they have a parking lot
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Whenever I'm in Andersonville, I always stop in here. They have great selection of books, specializing in feminist literature. I first learned about this place when Gloria Steinem was giving a talk and went to the book signing. Check their website for other notable people to give talks. Also, a great diverse selection of books for children. Well worth the trip!

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Whenever I'm in Andersonville, I always stop in here. They have great selection of books, specializing in feminist literature. I first learned about this place when Gloria Steinem was giving a talk and went to the book signing. Check their website for other notable people to give talks. Also, a great diverse selection of books for children. Well worth the trip!

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This is one of the most wonderful independent bookstores ever. A great selection of all kinds of books, with a focus on women/kids. Knowledgable service, terrific atmosphere, and you get to support independent voices to boot!

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This is one of the most wonderful independent bookstores ever. A great selection of all kinds of books, with a focus on women/kids. Knowledgable service, terrific atmosphere, and you get to support independent voices to boot!

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This is a wonderful bookstore with helpful book sellers and great readings. If you're in the area (it's a little out of the way unless you're on the north side of town), stop in for some good reading.

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This is a wonderful bookstore with helpful book sellers and great readings. If you're in the area (it's a little out of the way unless you're on the north side of town), stop in for some good reading.

Pros: specialized, attentive, good readings

Cons: specialized

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If it's a gay/lesbian title or gender studies tome, you'll probably find it here. Good selection, nice indie store feel (so you don't feel like you're selling your soul to Barnes & Noble).

2
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If it's a gay/lesbian title or gender studies tome, you'll probably find it here. Good selection, nice indie store feel (so you don't feel like you're selling your soul to Barnes & Noble).

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Warm, cheery, welcoming and scholarly all at once--and yes, there are plenty of men who shop here. Guest authors have included Margaret Atwood, Gwendolyn Brooks, Molly Ivins and Louise Erdrich. The store has co-sponsored…

 

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