The annual Record Store Day will take place Saturday, April 18. What began in 2007 as a way to celebrate vinyl culture in the U.S. has become an event with participating stores on every continent except Antarctica. Chicago is no stranger to Record Store Day, with 22 stores signing the "Record Store Day Pledge" to sell exclusive releases to physical customers only and to not hold product back for online sale.
Click through to see which record stores throughout the city will join in on the celebration.
The annual Record Store Day will take place Saturday, April 18. What began in 2007 as a way to celebrate vinyl culture in the U.S. has become an event with participating stores on every continent except Antarctica. Chicago is no stranger to Record Store Day, with 22 stores signing the "Record Store Day Pledge" to sell exclusive releases to physical customers only and to not hold product back for online sale. Click through to see which record stores throughout the city are offering special discounts, giveaways and in-store performances for the annual event.
South Shore: The Music Experience is a brick and mortar store offering an extensive back catalogue of R&B, gospel and rap releases mostly on CD.
1959 1/2 E. 73rd St.
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Logan Square: Bric a Brac Records and Collectibles (
3156 W. Diversey Ave.) opens at 8 a.m. and will have free coffee and doughnuts, along with its block party that begins at noon. Logan Hardware ( 2532 W. Fullerton Ave.) brags on its Facebook page that it has so many new vinyl releases that it won't be carrying any official Record Store Day product this year. Saki ( 3716 W. Fullerton Ave.) opens at 9 a.m. with free Dark Matter coffee and in-store performances.
Chinatown: Record Breakers (
2105 S. State St.) opens at 8 a.m. and offers a 50 percent discount off CDs. Customers can also enjoy free hot dogs and soda as well as in-store performances.
Portage Park: Raffe's Record Riot opens at 10 a.m. and offers a free record/CD with every purchase.
4350 N. Cicero
Noble Square: Dusty Groove opens at 8 a.m. and has a special gift for the first 100 customers on Saturday morning. Coffee and bagels are free for everyone in line and customers have a chance to win free giveaways with every purchase.
1120 N. Ashland Ave.
Lincoln Park: Dave's Records opens at 9:30 a.m. and is especially known for selling strictly vinyl records (owner Dave is proud to never have sold a single CD).
2604 N. Clark St.
Rogers Park: Audio Archaeology (
1321 W. Devon Ave.) opens at 9 a.m. and will have some free giveaways. Funk Trunk Records ( 6960 N. Sheridan Rd.) opens at 11 a.m., offers a 10 percent discount off entire purchase and hosts DJ sets starting at 2 p.m.
Morgan Park: Beverly Records offers a 20 percent discount on all used vinyl. Early birds can start shopping at 7 a.m.
11612 S. Western Ave.
Lakeview: Gramaphone Records (
2843 N. Clark St.) opens at 11 a.m. and will host in-store performances. Groovin High, Inc. ( 1047 W. Belmont Ave.) located right off the Belmont CTA stop also opens at 11 a.m. Reckless Records ( 3126 N. Broadway) opens at 10 a.m. will have in-store performances as well.
Wicker Park: Shuga Records (
1272 N. Milwaukee) opens at 8 a.m. and offers free Dark Matter coffee and Glazed and Infused doughnuts to customers. The store will also raffle off a handcrafted turntable and host in-store performances.
Lincoln Square: Laurie's Planet of Sound opens at 9 a.m. and will host performances by live bands and DJs.
4639 N. Lincoln Ave.
West Town: KSTARKE Records (
1109 N. Western Ave.) and Permanent Records (1914 W. Chicago Ave.) will have in-store performances and free refreshments for customers.