The Lake Forest Book Store was founded in 1949 by a consortium of 12 local women. The original site of the store was 624 N. Western Ave. with 650 sq. ft. of retail space. Originally named The Book Stall, the store was renamed Lake Forest Book Store in 1957. In early 2004, the store moved to the historic Market Square corner space at 680 N. Western Ave. This new location of 1,800 sq. ft. allowed for expansion of retail sales space.
Over the years, ownership passed through various hands until October of 2013 when the present owner, Eleanor Thorn, a Lake Bluff resident, purchased the store. In March 2016, the Lake Forest Book Store expanded and moved to its present location at 662 N. Western Ave. Now occupying 2550 sq. ft. of selling space in the historic James Anderson building, the Lake Forest Book Store continues its 69-year relationship with the community.
The book store is a general full service store with a large selection of books and gifts that reflect the needs and interests of the community. Some of our strong areas include a large children’s section with an ever-changing selection of new picture and chapter books. We also have a large selection of new and backlist interior design books. At the center of the store resides a large table overloaded with new paperback fiction. The book store also sponsors numerous author events, both in-store evening events as well as luncheon/dinner events offering the opporunity for patrons to meet their favorite authors. As an extension of this we do periodiic evening book reviews for book clubs in which we review from 50 to 75 books appropriate for book clubs, pleasure reading and gift giving. We also stock a wide array of cards, gifts, candles, novelties, toys, puzzles and board games.
Lake Forest Book Store has strong links to the community.We maintain a dedicated staff of well-read, local women to help curate your purchase. We partner with many local organizations and join together with them for many book and author events. The store is a vendor to the Lake Forest schools and is involved in several local book fairs. We routinely donate books and book reviews to local charities. Several generations of Lake Forest residents have grown up coming to the Lake Forest Book Store. We appreciate the support of our community in shopping local and independent and look forward to serving this wonderful community for generations to come.