Chicago >Restaurants > Seattle's Best Coffee
830 N Michigan Ave Ste 2, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061141.897850 -87.624623
Neighborhoods: Central, Near North Side
Shop for books, music and more in a warm, relaxing and customer-friendly environment. – In Short
Originating in Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1971, this international bookstore chain is known for its vast selection of books, movies and music, as well as a comfortable atmosphere. Cozy chairs, scattered tables and music listening stations invite customers to explore and stay awhile. Book and music selections are tailored to the community, giving the shop a local feel. The knowledgeable staff and Title Sleuth inventory computer stations aid inquisitive shoppers.
Boo for big corporations. This store is too typical, too corporate, and too banal. Why not find a small local neighborhood bookstore?
books are awesome – One of my favorite stores ever. The sheer volume of books and selection is impressive enough, but then there's the view of the Water Tower and high profile authors who come in to sign (I just met Jimmy Carter there!), and the smiling staff. I get the email coupons and I know it encourages me to spend money there, but I truly love going to this store. Plus, they're an oasis in the Michigan Ave crazy nastiness that ensues anytime around the holidays. Oh yea, and they are really great about ordering me the obscurest books.
carbon copy – Both Borders and Barnes & Nobel have a large variety of books, however what they do have seems to be exactly the same. If you want something out of the ordinary... forget it! Because they've assisted in the demise of many small bookstores. It seems that there's almost a new standard of what we're allowed to read; if they don't have it, you cannot read it (unless you order it).
Additionally, they have a very manufactured feel to the stores... it's the McDonalds of books . I truly wish that people would stop patronizing those stores, as THAT is the real reason we no longer have those great old bookstores anymore.
I predict the future: On every corner we'll have McDonalds; Starbucks; Borders; Kinkos; etc; etc; etc.
Best chain of its kind – This is the best chain for books, music and magazines. And the Michigan Ave location has probably the largest selection of any I have been to. The prices are good -- and the magazine selection is vast. Plus, you can listen to any CD just by scanning the bar code at one of the numerous stations.
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