About Us


Opened on March 31, 2008, Challengers Comics + Conversation strives to prove that the best thing about being in a comic book shop, is being in a comic book shop. With a combined 60+ years of comic retail experience, owners Patrick Brower and W. Dal Bush endeavor to bring Chicago a full-service, technologically interactive comic store that has the same level of wonder and enjoyment as the comics they sell. And read. And talk about. And champion.

And for the younger readers (and soon-to-be-readers), there is "Sidekicks" a place for young Challengers. Sidekicks is a dedicated space connected to Challengers with books and fun for all ages.

Challengers is Patrick, W. Dal, Molly Jane, Jeanna, Samantha, Lizzy, Stella, Andrew and Donovan. 

1845 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
773.278.0155

1/2 block South of Western & Milwaukee.
Across the street (south) from the Western Blue Line Station and a #49 bus stop.

Store Hours:
Daily: 11am - 5pm
Wednesday: 11am - 7pm

E-mail us at Challengers@ChallengersComics.com

We do not purchase personal collections of comic books, graphic novels, action figures, trading cards, sports cards or statues.

 Accolades:
Will Eisner “Spirit of Comics” Retailer Award recipient (July 2013)
“Best Place to Buy Comics Minus the Comic Book Guy” (Chicago Reader, June 2013)
“Best Comic Book Shop” (New City, November 2012)
“Best New Gallery” Rogues Gallery @ Challengers (Chicago Reader, June 2011)
“Best Gallery Exhibit” Becky Cloonan  Rogues Gallery @ Challengers (Chicago Reader, June 2011)
“Best Comics Shop” (Chicago Reader, June 2010)
“Best New Comic Book Store” (Chicago Magazine, August 2009)

Diamond Comic Distributors Retail Best Practices Awards
•Best Interior Signage 2021
Best Website 2017
Best Window Display 2016
Best Twitter Presence 2014
Best Graphic Novel Selection 2013
Best Facebook Page 2013