The iconic former-bank-turned-former-Walgreens at 1601 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park is one of the several new Barnes & Noble locations planned in the Chicago area. (WTTW News)

Barnes & Noble plans to open two stores in the city this year, in addition to other locations in suburban Chicago and Northwest Indiana.

Volumes Bookcafe is one of two dozen bookstores participating in #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge in honor of Independent Bookstore Day. (Courtesy of Volumes Bookcafe)

This Saturday, bookstores across the country will celebrate their status as indie shops, including two dozen stores across the Chicago area. “It’s like a pub crawl for bookstores,” said Lynn Mooney, co-owner of Women & Children First. 

The Amazon Books retail store, the first physical outlet operated by online retailer, at the U Village shopping center in Seattle, Washington. (SounderBruce / Flickr)

Online behemoth Amazon will open a brick-and-mortar bookstore in Lakeview next year. What this could mean for independent bookstores and publishers.