Whether you are a dyed-in-the-wool comic collector from the days of four-color printing and newsprint or a recent convert from the latest superhero movies, you owe it to yourself to check out the best comic book stores in Chicago. Start off the day with a Chicago architecture tour, soak up the culture from one of Chicago’s most popular comic and graphic novel specialty shops, and then sit down and read with a drink or a cup of coffee for a relaxing end to the day.
Comic Shops with Character
Everything in the Windy City has character, and that includes the best comic book stores in Chicago.
- Chicago Comics in Lakeview is a small, unassuming storefront that carries everything from the latest Spider-man and Batman comics to hand-printed and hand-assembled minicomics from Chicagoans. Their all-ages and young adult sections ensure there’s something for everyone.
- AlleyCat Comics is an Andersonville staple nominated for a Hidden Gem award with a long entry down an alleyway. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff is great at finding that perfect gift for a friend or family member and helping you discover a comic or graphic novel you didn’t even know you would love.
- First Aid Comics has locations in Hyde Park and Little Italy and features comic books and board/card games. Their frequent sales make it easy to jump into a new comic series or pick up an old favorite at a low price.
- Challengers Comics and Conversation stocks everything old and new, but they also prioritize forming a community of fans around the medium just as much as they do carrying all of the latest single issues and collected editions. They even host regular podcasts about comics news and culture on their site.
If you just need to get your comics fix in a hurry, you can also find a handful of Graham Cracker Comics stores around the city and suburbs. The location on Monroe is particularly convenient for loop-bound shoppers.
Plan Your Day in Chicago
Whether you love comics already or felt inspired to go read some Aquaman after a Shoreline Sightseeing Chicago Architectural Boat Tour, we hope you check out some of the best comic book stores in Chicago. Start your day of culture with a Chicago architecture tour and end it with some quality literature. Contact Shoreline Sightseeing online or by phone at 312-222-9328 with any questions about our tours.