Do you look for a steady supply of comic books to pass the time these days? Are you a graphic novel novice who’s wondering where to start? Luckily, there are plenty of spots in Chicago that offer wide and varied selections of comic books, graphic novels, and related products. Check out one of these local shops to dive into new worlds of entertainment.
3244 N Clark St, Chicago IL 60657
Founded in 1991, Chicago Comics not only carries famous favorites (like superheroes), but actually specializes in “small press and hard to find indie comics titles.” In addition to the selection you’ll see on display at the store, Chicago Comics also has plenty of additional stock not on display, which may include a difficult-to-locate item you’re seeking.
First Aid Comics
1617 E 55th St, Chicago IL 60615
1142 W Taylor St, Chicago IL 60607
This Hyde Park comic book shop not only sells comics from all eras and for all ages, but they also carry plenty of games and other memorabilia related to comic books. The shop even has a second location in Little Italy.
Challengers Comics + Conversation
1845 N Western Ave, Chicago IL 60647
Voted Best Comics Shop for Chicago Reader’s Best of Chicago 2010, Challengers opened in Bucktown in 2008, and has since established a subscription service, sold books by local artists on consignment, and stocked all sorts of comics for every kind of comic book enthusiast.
5304 N Clark St, Chicago IL 60640
Andersonville-based AlleyCat offers a wide comic selection and a friendly atmosphere for both hardcore fans and casual perusers alike. The shop’s website even includes a blog pertaining to new releases, trends, and more.
Dark Tower Comics
4835 N Western Ave, Chicago IL 60625
Catering to the steady comic book consumer, Dark Tower keeps visitors to its website updated on new releases each week and offers a pullsheet that allows discounts at certain purchase levels.
Graham Crackers Comics
See website for locations
At its three Chicago locations (in addition to many more beyond the city limits), Graham Crackers sells comics and all sorts of related games and memorabilia, along with a subscription service that includes discounts.