Box office and pop cultural juggernaut "Avengers: Endgame" has already smashed multiple records in its meteoric opening week — and now its second weekend will coincide with Saturday's annual Free Comic Book Day. One of the 51 comic books available completely free of charge this year is an "Avengers" story that sets up the current run of the superhero team.
But there are also plenty of comics from smaller publishers and properties, such as Noelle Stevenson's award-winning "Lumberjanes"; a comic tie-in to the hit cartoon "Bob's Burgers"; and yes, a Star Wars comic: this year, Free Comic Book Day also happens to fall on May the 4th.
With all this in mind, Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top comic book shops in Chicago, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best places to spend this year's Free Comic Book Day.
1. Quimby's Bookstore
Topping the list is Quimby's Bookstore located at 1854 W. North Ave. (between Elk Grove Avenue and Honore Street) in Wicker Park. The bookstore, which offers comic books and more, is the highest rated comic book spot in Chicago, boasting 4.5 stars out of 173 reviews on Yelp.
2. Chicago Comics
Next up is Lakeview's Chicago Comics, situated at 3244 N. Clark St. (between School Street and Aldine Avenue). With 4.5 stars out of 133 reviews on Yelp, the spot to score comic books has proven to be a local favorite.
3. Challengers Comics + Conversation
Bucktown's Challengers Comics + Conversation, located at 1845 N. Western Ave. (between Winnebago Avenue and Cortland Street), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the spot to score comic books and more 4.5 stars out of 81 reviews.
4. AlleyCat Comics
AlleyCat Comics, a spot to score comic books and more in Andersonville, is another much-loved go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 76 Yelp reviews. Head over to 5304 N. Clark St. (between Berwyn and Summerdale avenues) to see for yourself.
Over in Logan Square, check out G-Mart, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 56 reviews on Yelp. You can find the spot to score comic books and more at 2641 N. Kedzie Ave. (between Emmett Street and Milwaukee Avenue).