by Brad Meyer and Sopfia Kerpan Columbia College Film School
DePaul Film School Documentary by JT Bowers and classmates
4906 W. Oakton, Skokie, Ill 60077
(847) 677-9444 M-F: 10-5/weekends: 10-2
I carry 100,000 periodicals back to 1576.
I carry original Life, Ebony, Look, Post, Time, Newsweek, Colliers, Vogue, Esquire, Cosmo, Bazaar, Fortune, Playboy, McCall's, Rolling Stone, Lady's Home Journal, Better Homes, Sports Illustrated, Motor Trend, Mad, Jazz, military, film, theater and train magazines, as well as 20,000 posters.
Prices are mostly low and people will love to receive these authentic gifts reflecting the actual times of their lives. Buy a woman a magazine from when she was “Sweet 16” or graduated from college, or from when a man was in Viet Nam or opened a business. Be creative. It doesn’t have to be a birthday. I also carry flags of all nations for any occasion that calls for them.
Theater groups use us as a source for props as do movie production companies, for decades.
Teachers from all grade levels use my store as a source of unique teaching aids, and even bring their students to tour my store, at no charge. We are a sort of retail museum, and cooler to visit than you may imagine. Please inform any teacher or theater prop managers you may know about our existence.
I sell all five of my non-fiction books about Chicago from a street-level point of view. I opened the original wooden Bob’s Newsstand in Hyde Park in 1965 when I was 15. If you think you really know how Chicago works, you will be surprised by what you never read in the newspapers, forty years ago. I write about violence, crime, love, grit, determination, friendship, carpentry, Judaism and revenge.
I have sold over 5,000 of my books since 2004 all over the United States and in Europe.
and learn more about my publishing company, or go to
to read my most recent and true Chicago stories, at no charge
Nick Digilio of WGN Radios Nick D show welcomed Bob Katzman, owner of The Magazine Museum on May 30, 2012.
Click here to listen to the broadcast
From Chicago Reader 09/29/11 :
"From Chicago, Bob did what we in Wilmington had been unable to do. Next time I'm in Chicago I hope to buy him lunch. Amazon should hire him to do customer relations."
From New City 09/23/11 :
"To enter Bob Katzman's Magazine Museum ('Where Print Still Lives') is to leave the aggressively ordinary surroundings of downtown Skokie and find oneself in the weird and disorienting universe of Jorge Luis Borges, the blind Argentinian librarian whose fantastical tales and essays wrestle with the concepts of chaos and order within a print-defined world."
From NelsonAlgren.org 06/18/11 :
"Attention Algren collectors, fans, and all and sundry:
Bob Katzman, owner of the Magazine Museum in Skokie, has assembled an Algren collection well worth looking at. You're invited to call and/or visit Bob, whose own life and writings have an Algren quality -- check out the Web site below. Do spread the word, and should you talk to Bob, mention the Algren Committee for that frisson we provide any transaction."
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Listen to the WGN Radio podcast from 06/04/11 where
Bill Moller interviews Bob Katzman about his amazing collection.
A 2,000 sq. ft. store near Chicago with 100,000 periodicals dating back to 1681.
People who give the gift of an old magazine are always amazed at the tremendously emotional response they receive from the recipient and they come back to me to give old magazines again and again.
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