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The next time you are in Houston try to visit Brown's Bookstore.  An excellent
technical bookstore.  Lots of steel, concrete, etc.  Also lots of books about
various petroleum related fields.  The store is in the phone book and is south
of downtown, I think.  This is an unsolicited endorsement from a happy
customer.  They also do mail order and have a web site.

Jim Hannah
Iowa and Illinois resident and Houston visitor

"Lutz,James" wrote:

> Thanks for the response. Unfortunately I didn't receive it before my trip. I
> did find an architectural bookshop on S. Wabash with a small technical
> section, and visited Powells on S. Wabash, but their engineering offerings
> were pretty thin. The only pizza I had was at Giardano's on Rush Street.
> I'm constantly surprised at how poorly bookstores respond to our market, but
> I guess I shouldn't be. The inventory is expensive and moves slow. Much of
> the time the books on offer are dated or not terribly useful. Here in the
> Seattle area, the main University Bookstore near the University of
> Washington is about the only worthwhile selection in the area. Powell's
> Books in Portland is the best thing I've found so far on the west coast.
> Even San Francisco is disappointing. I expected great things from the campus
> bookstore at UC Berkeley, but was sadly disappointed. I was even
> disappointed at the MIT bookstore when I visited it about eight years ago on
> a trip to Boston. Best luck I've ever had is in New York. Sometimes I think
> the publishers and bookstores are pretty clueless about what sorts of books
> we would actually find useful.
> Good to be back on the west coast. It's pretty cold in Chicago this time of
> year.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Benjamin Baer [mailto:benjamin.baer(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Sunday, February 06, 2000 9:19 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Re: Chicago Bookstores and Pizzerias
> I've lived in Chicago my whole life, and I'm a second-generation
> structural engineer.  Don't expect more bookstores here for engineering
> than you would find at any mall in any town.
> Kroch's & Brentanos is gone.  Chandler's is closed and the building torn
> down.  Aside from the university bookstores - which cater to the
> syllabus of the current courses - you're looking at Barnes & Noble,
> Waldenbooks, and the other megachains.  There are a couple used
> bookstores (Powells, for example) that might have some things of
> interest.  There is the Prairie Avenue Bookshop (711 S. Dearborn St.),
> but it really focuses on architecture, not engineering.  Similarily, the
> Chicago Architecture Foundation has a bookshop at 224 S. Michigan Ave.
> that also focuses on architecture.
> Enjoy your visit to Chicago.