Chicago's heart beats for all things music related—and some sick record stores are no exception. Whether you’re looking for the classics or newer releases, these places got you covered. If you’re looking to expand your record collection, here’s where you should go.
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1379 N Milwaukee Ave - Wicker Park
3126 N Broadway St - Lakeview
26 E Madison St - Loop
With three locations around Chicago, Reckless Records easily caters to any record lover’s needs. Each shop features a variety of new and used vinyl, and the Wicker Park location even features an occasional in-store performance.
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1272 N Milwaukee Ave - Wicker Park
The nearly 20,000 records in the store make Shuga Records sweeter than sugar. Plus, if you spend over $100, they’ll deliver your order.
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1808 S Allport St - Pilsen
606 Records is a Pilsen-based record store that features a variety of music but focuses on independent labels. It’s also right across the street from Thalia Hall, so why do some record shopping and then catch a show?
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2604 N Clark St - Lincoln Park
Dave’s Records is totally devoted to vinyl—in case the “No CD’s!! Never had ‘em! Never will!” sign on the front door wasn’t clear enough.
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2935 N Milwaukee Ave - Avondale
Formerly adjacent to Reggies, Record Breakers has since moved to Milwaukee Avenue, but still has a huge selection of hardcore, metal, punk, ska and rock albums.
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1120 N Ashland Ave, Chicago - Noble Square
Exuding some serious hipster vibes, Dusty Groove is renowned for its selection of funk, jazz, and soul music.
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4639 N Lincoln Ave - Lincoln Square
The record collection at Laurie’s Planet of Sound is truly out of this world. Located in the heart of Lincoln Square, this independent record store is home to endless new and old vinyl.
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2843 N Clark St - Lincoln Park
Gramaphone Records may be tiny, but it’s mighty. This funky record store delivers the goods—especially underground hip-hop and club tunes.
3321 S Halsted St - Bridgeport
Come on and boogie down to Let’s Boogie Records & Tapes for all of your vinyl needs—a staple of the Chicago record scene since 1976.
1914 W Chicago Ave - West Town
Joyride Records took over the former home of Permanent Records and has quickly become an essential stop for Chicago's record shoppers. Not only do they have a huge variety of records to choose from, the shop also sometimes features local artists and DJs for in-store performances.
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1722 W 18th St - Pilsen
Pinwheel Records is Pilsen’s first record store—right off the Pink Line stop at 18th Street. This shop has a variety of new and used records, CDs, collectibles and other funky knick-knacks.
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3182 N Elston Ave - Avondale
Don’t let the name scare you. Bucket O’ Blood Records is a must stop for any record lovers. This quirky shop has a variety of indie rock, metal and punk records—plus a pretty big collection of fantasy, horror and sci-fi books.
1047 W Belmont Ave - Lakeview
Groovin’ High Inc. may have the feel of a vintage record shop, but the selection of records has a ton of both old and new bops.
Image via Facebook/Purple Lllama Coffee & Records
2140 W Division St - Wicker Park
Coffee shop with a record store in the back? Need we say more?
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3156 W Diversey Ave - Logan Square
Bric-A-Brac is home to a pretty legit vinyl and memorabilia collection. From vintage toys to movie posters, ‘80s lovers can find something to take home with them. Come for the ‘80s nostalgia and stay for the variety of records—and occasional show.
1839 W Irving Park Rd - North Center
Right off the Irving Park station, RPM Music specializes in new and used vinyl. Not only that, there are occasional in-store performances from a variety of acts! From the classics to new releases, RPM has it all—but specializes in used jazz, rock, soul and soundtracks.
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1377 E. 53rd St. - Hyde Park
Known for it’s mountains of stock, Hyde Park Records is possibly the best place in Chicago to finally snag for that elusive limited edition you’ve been searching years for.