The Armadillo’s Pillow

6753 N. Sheridan

Nothing makes my day like stumbling upon a box labeled Free Books, appearing in my path like a sign from above telling me to bury my nose in an old mystery novel. There’s a good possibility that you’ll be sent the same sign if you lurk around the Armadillo’s Pillow on a sunny day. (Hint: You’re in the right place when you see the stuffed armadillo in the front window.) You’ll also find an outdoor shelf with books for just $1, plus a wide selection of used and rare volumes if you’re willing to venture past the armadillo and make your way inside. —Sallyann Price