The neighborhood book store has largely gone the way of the dodo bird. Just thirty years ago, you could find a book store on nearly every street. Now, sadly, many towns and cities have none. You might be considered fortunate to have a book store in the general vicinity of home or work, but most are not so fortunate.
Barbara's has operated a number of book stores throughout our the years (decades), too many to mention, some of which were typical neighborhood book stores and others not.
One former book store that fondly comes to mind is Barbara's Oak Park, on the corner of Lake St. and Marion St. We proudly served the Oak Park community for over three decades.
But, things change and time moves on, there's not much we can do about that. What we can do, however, and what we hope we have done, is accept the changes time reveals and embrace the challenges.
This is why you can find us in some non-typical locations like an office building, department store, hospital and airport, and some typical places like village and/or town centers.
Barbara's has a number of locations in and around the Chicagoland area, from State Street to Burr Ridge, Northwestern Memorial Hospital to Glenview. Here is a list of our bookstores (in no particular order):