About Brainstorm

Located at 1648 W. North Avenue, in the WickerPark / Bucktown neighborhood, Brainstorm is unlike any other comic shop or video store in Chicago. Since the day we opened on October 1st, 2003, we have done everything we can to break the mold of the traditional comic shop and video rental store. Our customers think we’ve done a pretty awesome job so far.

First of all, and I stress this to everyone, Brainstorm is a GEEK SAFE ZONE! By that I mean you can come in and you don’t have to feel like anyone is looking at you weird. Those of you who have been with us can vouch for that…those of you who don’t know us yet, come into the store and see for yourself. Yes, you can talk to the people behind the counter.

If you’re a comic geek and you want to debate the long term effects of the current big event going on in comics right now, we’ll be more than happy to jump in. Been away from comics for a while? Then we’ll do what we can to bring you up to date on your favorite characters.

If you’re a film buff and you want to talk about the best of the 60’s horror exploitation films, classic foreign films, the best zombie flick or which is better, Doctor Who or Battlestar Galactica…awesome! Unlike a big metal box or a computer screen, we can actually talk about films and make recommendations based on what you tell us.

If you’re a gamer and you love games like Settlers of Catan or something like Magic the Gathering, then we can help you with the latest expansion or booster packs so you can get your game on. And if we don’t have something in stock, we can check availability and order it for you.

You see, here at Brainstorm Movies, Comics and Gaming, we welcome all of you. We want you to be yourself and we won’t look at you funny because of it! Thus, we are a GEEK SAFE ZONE…even if you’re not a geek.

So come and check out our store for yourself. We’re located in the Wicker Park / Bucktown area, within walking distance of the Blue Line Damen stop, east on North Ave. and a block and a half from the corner of Ashland (bus #9) and North Avenue (bus #72) if you’re on the bus.

Once again, our address is 1648 W. North Avenue. Our phone number is 773-384-8721.   Here are our hours of operation:


Monday and Tuesday: 12:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Thursday: 12:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Friday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Saturday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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