We aren’t in Minnesota yet, but close enough to get what my sister calls a “Minnesota Breakfast.” Bloody Mary (with deviled eggs and bacon) and a beer chaser! Great for getting rid of the book scouting road dust. We just obtained this beauty at the Radisson Hotel in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin…
Day One: We started out yesterday from Cleveland, Ohio. It was our first overnight stop, where we attended the Case Western Reserve University Book Sale on Saturday morning…
It was $20.00 each for admission to the pre-sale, which was held from 10am to 12 noon. After that, admission was free. We went to the pre-sale. We purchased about twenty-five books here. It was a spacious book-buying venue, well-organized. Almost over-organized, as you had to check out of each book category area as you left it to move on to another.
After the sale, we got back on the highway and headed West all the way to Chicago.
We try to visit different book stores each time we come to Chicago. On our last Midwestern trip, we visited Powell’s and O’Gara and Wilson. This time we were just passing through to reach some other stores in Wisconsin, but we did stop at Myopic Books at 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL. The great thing about Myopic Books is that it’s open 7 days a week from 9am-11pm. When you are traveling, timing is everything in trying to hit book stores during their open hours. Many book shops close up by 4:30 or 5:00pm. We arrived in Chicago around 5:30pm, so we still had plenty of time to explore this store.
Three floors of books, with an inventory of around 80,000 volumes. Not really our kind of store, as the emphasis here is not on collectible books. Those that fell into the collectible category were quite high priced for their condition, we thought. “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign” applies here — NO DISCOUNTS, NO HAGGLING, NO PICTURE TAKING, ETC. ETC. Great selection of reading material in all genres, and the place seemed well frequented by young people, which is always good to see.
The location is in a hopping area with lots of young people, pubs, and small restaurants all the way up and down the street. We went across the street to grab some dinner at a pub called “Pint” at 1547 North Milwaukee. They had lots of books on their walls…and pretty good Shepherd’s Pie.
We drove on to Evanston, IL just north of Chicago where we hoped to stay overnight and explore some book shops in there the morning. BUT, we experienced difficulty finding a room for the night due to graduations and weddings, so we motored on north into Wisconsin, stopping at about 10:30 at a Raddison Hotel in Pleasant Prairie. Big wedding party was going on at our arrival, but they had a nice room for us at a reasonable price.
Catch up with us soon — we are headed north toward Sturgeon Bay!