To be honest, I stumbled upon without knowing it existed. Husband, kiddo, and I were on a weekend outing, exploring the greater Chicagoland area, and we found ourselves at the Glen Town Center - an upscale, outdoor shopping mall in Glenview, IL.
Lo and behold, it had a bookstore.
The Book Market is one of the Barbara's Bookstores, which you can find at the Michigan Avenue Macy's, O'Hare airport, and a few other places in Chicago and the surrounding communities. It's a pretty store, and the bookseller on duty during my visit was charming as she talked excitedly to a Dad and son about the upcoming release of the new Harry Potter book. The kids area is cute, it's own little corner of fun with a space for story time. (The Storybook Mom is a regular there.)
What's most noticable about The Book Market is the sale books. There's racks and racks of them, and it's not just typical sale/bargain books, which often look like a lesson in "Why did a publisher think that would be a popular book?" On the Book Market shelves, there are classics and modern hits, cute gift books, and all sorts of variety. I found a beautiful edition of DRACULA for five bucks!
And this made me laugh.
The romance section was tiny - just one shelf - but it had the power hitters: Nora Roberts, Lisa Kleypas, Eloisa James, Lynsay Sands, Sylvia Day... Boom. That's a good shortlist of where to start in the genre, as far as I'm concerned.
I saw no Gail Carriger, but the sci-fi/fantasty section was also tiny.
The Glen Town Center around this store is impressive, especially it's history. From 1923 to 1995, the area was the Glenview Naval Air Station, a primary flight training base during World War Two. After it's closure, the city turned it into a living/shopping district that (if, as it's Yelp reviews point out, it's a little Stepford/Pleasantville) revitalized the surrounding communities. There's a movie theater, many boutique stores, and lots of restaurants. In the summer, events happen in the memorial/outdoor plazas.
Also, my husband and kid noticed the area is full of Pokestops.
I'm always excited to see a pretty bookstore in a bustling commercial area. It gives me hope that people are still reading and giving books as gifts. With it's lovely layout and it's friendly staff, I hope the BookMarket anchors its area for a long time.