Calling all bibliophiles…if you’re looking for a new spot to scope out new reads or peruse book stacks with lots of character, look no further.

Maybe you’re tired of strolling through Barnes & Noble again, or you want to discover new authors. These indie and local bookstores are sure to have something for every reader. Everything from zines to anthologies to comics, Chicago has the bookstores to feature them all. Many of these spaces also host author events or book clubs — like Quimby’s or Semi Colon — for those looking to get deeper with the text or just to meet fellow bookworms. And because you probably want to share your finds with your friends…yes, all of these shops are absolutely Instagrammable (and don’t forget to tag them).

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With the weather warming up and a new season of fresh harvests right around the corner, Chicago farmers markets are a way to support local farmers and practice sustainability.

source: http://www.cityofchicago.org

The map of local farmers markets shows locations available in 2015. Farmers markets are a way to help create community and increase environmental awareness, introducing consumers to more organic and sustainable nutrition options.

Several current farmers markets set to be open from May to early October this year are often reported by food blogs or local news stations, so be sure to check those out for updated information.

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