The Best Record Stores In Chicago

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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Reckless Records

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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Shuga Records

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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606 Records

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 not do some record shopping and then catch a show? 

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Dave's Records

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. 

Record Breakers

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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Dusty Groove

1120 N. Ashland Ave. - Noble Square

Exuding some serious hipster vibes, Dusty Groove is renowned for its selection of funk, jazz and soul music. 

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Laurie's Planet of Sound

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.

Gramaphone Records

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. 

Let's Boogie Records & Tapes

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.

Joyride Records

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, but the shop also frequently features local artists and DJs for in-store performances.

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Pinwheel Records

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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Bucket O' Blood Records

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. 

Groovin' High Inc.

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. 

Purple Llama 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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Bric-A-Brac Records

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 an occasional show. 

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Hyde Park Records

1377 E. 53rd St. - Hyde Park

Known for its 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.

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1939 W. North Ave. - Wicker Park

Make your way "through the record shop" to this innovative storefront - with an emphasis on "front." Buy a few records at the shop located near the entrance, then keep walking until you find the door to the restaurant and cocktail bar hidden in the back.

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Vintage Vinyl

925 Davis St. - Evanston

Just outside the city's north side, you will find Vintage Vinyl's huge selection of mint and near-mint records of all genres. You may have heard the store mentioned briefly in the cult classic High Fidelity, an audiophile's visual guide to Chicago record culture.