Celebrate Free Comic Book Day

While Batman and Superman or Iron Man and Captain America will fight each other in the comic books, Batman and the Cap won’t see the same page. Such is the battle between DC and Marvel Comics. 

For one day of the year, on the first Saturday in May, the entire comic industry comes together to give away free comics, writing books specific to the day. This year, the free day is May 5, when longtime fans and newbies can find a book to pick up or try something new. 

Major publishers such as DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, BOOM! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment and Image Comics have created books with superheroes, Disney princesses, SpongeBob and even Bob’s Burgers. 

It’s also a chance for shops to celebrate with costumes, sales, food, activities and more.

Chicago-area shops participating with free comics are:

2nd And Charles 

336 S. Rte 59, Naperville, (630) 548-1231

Alternate Reality, Inc.

3149 W. 111th, Chicago, (773) 881-HERO

Amazing Fantasy

16649 Oak Park Ave., Unit A, Tinley Park, (708) 633-0837

20505 S LaGrange, Frankfort, (815) 469-5092

113 E. 9th St., Lockport, (815) 834-1658

Anime and Things

109 E. Van Buren St., Woodstock, (815) 308-8867

Atlas Comics

5251 N. Harlem, Chicago, (708) 453-2110

Aw Yeah Comics

7925 Lincoln Ave., Skokie, (847) 423-2916

Beyond Tomorrow Comics and Cards

327 N. Northwest Highway, Palatine, (847) 705-6633

Challengers

1845 N. Western Ave., Chicago, (773) 278-0155

Chicago Comics Inc.

3244 N. Clark St., Chicago, (773) 528-1983

Chimeras Comics-Oak Lawn

4915 W. 95 th St., Oak Lawn, (708) 422-4900

Chimeras Comics-LaGrange

19 S. LaGrange Rd., LaGrange, (708) 352-1230

Comic Collector

3246 Harlem Ave., Riverside, (708) 442-0399

Comix Revolution

115 W. Central Ave., Mt. Prospect, (847) 506-0800

Cryptic Legends

2423 Washington St., Waukegan, (224) 440-0405

Dark Tower Comics

4835 N. Western Ave., Chicago, (773) 654-1490

Dragon’s Refuge

1250 Larry Power Rd., Bourbonnais

Dreamland Comics

105 W. Rockland Rd., Libertyville, (847) 680-0727

First Aid Comics

1617 East 55th St., Chicago, (773) 752-6642

1142 W. Taylor St., Chicago, (312) 733-2080

Geek Inc. Comics

994 W. Army Trail Rd., Carol Stream, (630) 709-5145

G-Mart Comics

2641 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, (773) 384-0400

Got Comics Inc.

330 E. Army Trail Rd., Glendale Heights, (224) 353-4902

Graham Crackers Comics

77 E Madison St., Chicago, (312) 629-1810

3162 N. Broadway, Chicago, (773) 665-2010

901 R. Lucinda Ave, DeKalb, (815) 748-3883

1550 Ogden Ave., Downers Grove, (630) 852-1810

1271 Rickert Drive, #135, Naperville, (630) 355-4310

16030 S. Lincoln Hwy, Ste 3, Plainfield, (815) 556-2704

640 Randall Rd., Saint Charles, (630) 584-0610

1207 E. Butterfield Rd., Wheaton, (630) 668-1350

The Heros Edge Collectibles

1212 N. Green St., Ste A, McHenry, (815) 385-0236

Jay’s Comics

34185 N. US Hwy 45, Grayslake, (847) 223-8711

Keith’s Komix

528 S. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg, (847) 534-9436

Maximum Distractions

4405 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, (708) 320-2535

Modern Age Comics

5150 Northwest Hwy, Ste 6, Crystal Lake, (847) 409-6295

Mythic Comics

682 So Eastwood Dr., Woodstock, (815) 880-5112

Northshore Comics of Northbrook

3161 W. Dundee Rd., Northbrook, (847) 480-1996

One Stop Comics

111 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park, (708) 524-2287

Pastimes Comics & Games

8502 W. Golf Rd., Niles, (847) 470-9636

Quimby’s Book Store

1854 W. North Ave, Chicago, (773) 342-0910

Thoms Comics & Collectables

817 Walnut Ave., Elgin, (847) 697-5550

Top Cut Comics

7122 Ogden Ave., Berwyn, (708) 317-5589

Unicorn Comics & Cards

216 S. Villa Ave., Villa Park, (630) 279-5777

Zone Comics & Games

18107 Dixie Hwy., Homewood, (708) 798-1006

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