The novelist Jane Smiley once said: “Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.”
If books are your passion, you live in the right place! The Chicago area is full of amazing bookstores for all kinds of readers, including seniors. Reading is a wonderful pastime for the elderly, which has been proven to help reduce feelings of loneliness and stress, improve cognition, and improve memory and recall.
Our Favorite Chicago Bookstores
So, where should the senior in your life go for their next great book? Here are 15 of our favorite bookstores around Chicagoland, including spots in both the city and suburbs:
- Anderson’s Bookshop (Downers Grove)
- Bookends & Beginnings (Evanston)
- The Book Cellar (Lincoln Square)
- Women & Children First (Andersonville)
- Myopic Books (Wicker Park)
- 57th Street Books (Hyde Park)
- Sandmeyer’s (South Loop)
- Book Bin (Northbrook)
- Semicolon Bookstore (West Loop)
- Unabridged Bookstore (Lakeview)
- The Book Table (Oak Park)
- Pilsen Community Books (Pilsen)
- The Armadillo’s Pillow (Rogers Park)
- Powell’s Books (Hyde Park)
- After-Words (Near North)
Live In the Chicago Area? Companions for Seniors is Here to Help
Are you looking for someone who can help make sure that your elderly loved one is able to stay engaged and stimulated, when you can’t be there in person?
That’s where Companions for Seniors can help! Our trained and bonded companions are passionate about empowering the elderly to live more independently. Our mission is to help Chicago’s senior adults lead active and enriched lifestyles, by connecting them with their community and nurturing meaningful relationships.
Our companions are available on flexible schedules to spend time with the elder in your life. Whether your loved one needs transportation services, a helping hand around the house, or just a friendly face to play games and swap stories, our caregivers can help give your senior loved one the personalized attention and support they need – while giving family caregivers a much-needed chance to rest and recharge.