This Saturday, April 22, will be the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day. RSD, for short, celebrates indie record stores with special releases of vinyls and CDs for music fans all around. We’ve come up with a list of our four favorite record stores in Chicago who also take part in Record Store Day.
Location: 1272 N Milwaukee Avenue
In the heart of Wicker Park, you’ll find Shuga Records. Completed with shelves of all your favorite records and the equipment needed to build a record collection, Shuga has it all. The fun thing about Shuga Records is that it’s known for hosting a lot of interactive events in their store. From The 1975 album release party to an X Ambassadors meet and greet, Shuga is sure to bring the Chicago music community together.
Record Store Day Event: Live in store performances from Lucille Furs, Max Loebman, Wilem Hurricane Simmons, Hair, The Evening Attraction, Joe Bordenaro, Cooper Atwell Guncheon. Free Dark Matter Coffee
Location: 2843 N Clark Street
Head on over to Lakeview and you’ll find Gramaphone Records, which doubles as a thrift store and a record store. On top of all that, Gramaphone also sells DJ accessories so you can get your groove on while entertaining some friends! Gramaphone is known for its collection of dance and club music, so you know you’ll find something fun in this store.
Record Store Day Event: In-store performances by NSJ crew, Mr. White, and the Gramaphone staff.
Locations: 26 E Madison St., 1379 N Milwaukee Ave., 3126 N Broadway St.
With three locations spread throughout the area, Reckless Records is by far one of the most popular record stores in the city. If you are trying to find a record store that will fit your wannabe hipster aesthetic needs, you might find it in Reckless. From Wicker Park to the loop, the record store has a wide variety of records, CDs, and LPs that will fit your music taste.
Record Store Day Event: live music in their wicker park store all day from The Smoking Popes, OHMME, MAGAS, CARPENTERSville Play the Brown Album, TALsounds, and The Poison Arrows.
Location: 1914 W Chicago Ave.
Travel towards Pilsen and that’s where you’ll find Pinwheel Records. Pinwheel is a lot smaller in size compared to other record stores in the city, it won’t be leaving the neighborhood anytime soon. Just down the street from Thalia Hall, a popular (but underrated) music venue in Chicago, Pinwheel is able to provide for music fans all around.
Record Store Day Event: Live music all day from Dirt Cheap Date, Dream Vision, Jesse W. Johnson & Coyote Scream, Junkee Girl, Gia Margaret, Mother Nature Music, and Not Myself.