W – The Book Stall – Winnetka, IL.

WELCOME to the letter W and to this year’s theme: BOOKSHOPS

The Book Stall – 811 Elm St. – Winnetka, IL. – 847-446-8880

I grew up in Evanston, IL. the first suburb on the North Shore of Chicago. It was a safe place where we rode our bikes around town and no one worried about us. We could walk unattended and no one thought a thing about it. One of the places I visited on my own was the Evanston Library where I fetched the latest batch of books I was allowed to borrow.  There were two five and dime stores in downtown Evanston where I sometimes spent my allowance buying small books that cost 25 cents. I never dreamed that one day I would come home again to live in Winnetka, IL, a suburb further north on the lake, and where archrival, New Trier High School, educated our children.

In Winnetka, on Elm Street, there resides one of the finest bookstores in business and a destination I try to visit whenever I can get back. At one point with expansion, you can have coffee next door. Author visits and book signings have long been a successful activity at the store. Countless children have spent time in the room pictured on the right among a great selection of children’s delight.


In real estate, they talk about location, location, location, and Elm Street, the location of the bookstore is the hub of activity. The store is surrounded by wonderful tutor architecture.  The most important thing to know about The Book Stall is that it has everything you need and didn’t know you wanted in the way of books. The Northwestern train stops in Winnetka, so next time you take yourself off to the great city of Chicago, get on the train and come north to spend time wandering around, eating, and visiting a great bookstore.


About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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8 Responses to W – The Book Stall – Winnetka, IL.

  1. scr4pl80 says:

    What a cool area for the kids.

    • Winnetka is a village that sets great store by education and the children are privileged with the finest of educational opportunities. Therefore, books, learning to read, a library and a good children’s book department at a bookstore are important. The Book Stall fills that bill for parents who regularly stop in with their children for enrichment. It is a very cool space for luring children into the world of books. Thank you for keeping me company throughout this bookstore tour we have been on. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have.

  2. J.Q. Rose says:

    Bookstores–what a unique topic. I’m originally from Central Illinois and love Chicago. I have always enjoyed using libraries. But I do love visiting bookstores, although so many are now closed. There’s such magic and energy in a bookstore. I always wanted to have a coffee shop with delicious cinnamon rolls, candles, and a few books for sale or just to let customers read as they sipped their coffee/tea.The atmosphere of a brick and mortar store is not quite the same feeling when purchasing a book online. LOL…I love reading print and digital books.Looking forward to reading about the featured bookstores and photos. Thank you.

  3. Your experiences growing up in Evanston remind me of being a kid running around outside, biking everywhere, and basically being gone for hours and no one worried. I’m not so sure it’s like that anymore.

    • We were blessed to have the freedom that kind of childhood provided. Learning to become independent, using our imaginations to entertain ourselves. Today everything is programmed and scheduled. Glad we share the memories of growing up in a safe world.

  4. Your challenge gave me an idea for next year, or the next…
    Alternating bookstores in France and the US.
    What do you say?

    • Why not? I’m sure people would enjoy the French connection and I KNOW you will have fun preparing the information. I knew a year ago what my theme would be and it meant I could begin a file to stash quotes and whatever I came across. When it came time to start the writing I had a good start. Thank you for coming on tour with me.

      • It was a pleasure to follow you! I will return to your challenge since I always visit a bookstore wherever I go. You did a phenomenal job. Not surprised you took notes before. Exceptional work!

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