Where to celebrate Record Store Day in Chicago

Plan your Record Store Day in Chicago with our guide to the top record stores and events during the vinyl holiday
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If you own a turntable, you probably already know where you’ll be on April 21. Record Store Day is a nationwide celebration of the retailers who sell LPs, marked by in-store concerts, sales and exclusive vinyl releases. Before you line up to make your purchases (perhaps one of the best Chicago albums?), plan your itinerary with our guide to the best Record Store Day events in Chicago.

When is Record Store Day?

This year, Record Store Day falls on April 21, 2018.

Where does Record Store Day take place?

Just about every record store in the city will have sales, exclusive records and special events on Record Store Day, but officially participating stores include: 606 Records, Audio Archaeology, Bric-A-Brac Records and Collectibles, Bucket O’ Blood Books and Records, Dave’s Records, Dusty Groove, Gramaphone Records, Laurie’s Planet of Sound, Permanent Records, Pinwheel Records, Reckless Records and Shuga Records.

Record Store Day in Chicago

606 Records
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606 Records

icon-location-pin Lower West Side

Opens at 10am
Stop by this Pilsen shop to pick up RSD titles while enjoying free refreshments and beer from Dogfish Head Brewery (who made a beer with the Flaming Lips in honor of the vinyl holiday). Representatives from local record labels will be DJing throughout the day and Waxahatchee singer Katie Crutchfield will be shopping at the store ahead of a DJ set across the street at Tack Room from 3:30 to 4:30pm.

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Audio Archaeology

icon-location-pin Rogers Park

Opens at 8am
It's first-come, first-served at this Rogers Park audio equipment shop and record store (they'll be passing out numbers to keep it that way). Expect giveaways throughout the day and don't forget to get a photo with the store's cat, Detective Mittens.

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Bric-A-Brac Records
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Bric-A-Brac Records and Collectibles

icon-location-pin Avondale

Opens at 8am
Wake up early and queue up in front of Bric-A-Brac for a day of records, DJs, live music and free refreshments. Air Credits, Richard Album and the Singles, Lasers and Fast and Shit, and
the Just Luckies will perform throughout the day. Plus, you can dig into some free coffee and donuts before heading next door to Lost Lake for a Bric-a-Braquiri.

 

Bloodshot Records
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Bloodshot Records

icon-location-pin Irving Park

Opens at noon

Local alt-country label Bloodshot Records opens up its Irving Park storefront in celebration of Record Store Day, stocking its pop-up shop with unique items, test pressings, signed stuff, out-of-print stuff and new releases. If you need a pick-me-up, stick around for Dark Matter coffee and some snacks.

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Bucket O' Blood Books and Records
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Things to do

Bucket O’ Blood Books and Records

icon-location-pin Avondale

Opens at 10am
Vinyl records might seem antiquated, but Bucket O’ Blood's prehistoric party will make them seem cutting edge. The celebration begins at noon, after the RSD exclusive titles have (mostly) been claimed. Put on your best caveman attire and save room for the refreshments.

Comfort Station
Photograph: Martha Williams
Art, Galleries

Comfort Station

icon-location-pin Logan Square

Opens at 10am
Chicago archival record label Numero Group returns to Logan Square for its annual Record Store Day pop-up shop at Comfort Station. The makeshift store will be offering selections from the Numero catalog (including new releases W2NG and Creation: We Are Paintermen), discounted scratch and dent records and dealers slinging 45s and LPs at bargain prices.

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Dave’s Records

icon-location-pin Lincoln Park

Opens by 10am
Dave's annual Record Store Day bash begins whenever the staff is ready (last year, doors opened at 9am) so if you want the rarest titles, get in line early. Anyone who buys records gets a free cupcake from Molly's.

Delilah's
Photograph: Max Herman
Bars, Dive bars

Delilah’s

icon-location-pin Sheffield & DePaul

From 5–8pm
This Lincoln Park bar may not be a record store, but the place is steeped in rock and roll history (Kurt Cobain once hung out here). In celebration of Record Store Day, Delilah's will tap a special Dogfish Head beer called Dragons & YumYums—made in collaboration with the Flaming Lips—and giving away LPs, a turntable and other prizes.

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Dusty Groove

icon-location-pin East Village

Opens at 8am
Feeling lucky? Dusty Groove's Record Store Day celebration is the only place where you get to spin a wheel of fortune with each purchase. The shop will have hundreds of exclusive RSD releases in stock, free refreshments and a live magic show in the early afternoon.

Gramaphone Records
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Gramaphone Records

icon-location-pin Lake View

Opens at noon
You won't find any RSD releases at Gramaphone, but you should still stop by this dance/electronic-leaning shop for an afternoon of DJ sets. Notable selectors include Tim Zawada of boogie label Star Creature Universal Vibrations and Parris Mitchell of Dance Mania Records.

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Joyride Records
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Joyride Records

icon-location-pin East Village

Opens at 9am
Celebrating its first Record Store Day since taking over the spot formerly occupied by Permanent Records, Joyride is stocking RSD releases and hosting a series of in-store performances in the afternoon. You can BYOB and catch sets from Jawns, Not For You, La Cosa and Pet Peeves beginning at 4pm.

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Laurie’s Planet of Sound

icon-location-pin Lincoln Square

Opens at 9am
This Lincoln Square shop always hosts a robust lineup of local musicians on Record Store Day. Once the lines of record-buyers snag their LPs, show up to see Tommi Zender and Natalie Grey playing Joni Mitchell tunes, Phil Angotti performing Something Else by the Kinks, and the Census Takers covering the Residents.

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Pinwheel Records
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Pinwheel Records

icon-location-pin Lower West Side

Opens at 9am
In addition to slinging RSD releases, this bright Pilsen store will host in-store performances (beginning at 2pm) from Miranda Winters of Melkbelly, Emily Jane Powers, Half Gringa and Mia Joy, as well as some free snacks.

Purple Llama
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Restaurants, Coffee shops

Purple Llama

icon-location-pin Wicker Park

Opens at 7am
This combination coffee shop and record store won't be stocking RSD releases, but you should still stop by to peruse the carefully-curated selection of LPs, including releases from Numero Group and Drag City. Local bands Ovef Ow and Health&Beauty will perform at 1pm and 2pm, respectively. Bring along your RSD receipt from any local shop to receive a discount on your cup of joe.

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Reckless Records (Lakeview)

icon-location-pin Lake View

Opens at 10am
The Lakeview location of Reckless opens at a more reasonable hour, but it will still have some free Intelligencia coffee for Record Store Day shoppers. An in-house The Left Banke cover band will perform at 2pm and Chicago synth legend Bil Vermette turns in a set at 3:30pm.

Reckless Records (Wicker Park)
Photograph: Courtesy Reckless Records
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Reckless Records (Wicker Park)

icon-location-pin Wicker Park

Opens at 8am
The largest Reckless outpost opens extra early for Record Store Day this year, with Dark Matter Coffee providing coffee for anyone waiting in line. Later in the afternoon, catch in-store performances from Mukqs (member of Good Willsmith) at 2:30pm and RLYR (members of Pelican, Russian Circles and Locrian) at 4pm.

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Record Breakers
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Record Breakers

icon-location-pin Avondale

Open at noon
Celebrating its very first Record Store Day in its new Avondale digs, Record Breakers is putting together an impressive lineup of in-store performances to mark the occasion. Stop by beginning at noon for sets from Lasers and Fast and Shit, TV Moms, Lever, The Speed Babes, Magicks, Blue Dream and Avantist.

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Shuga Records

icon-location-pin Wicker Park

Opens at 8am
It might seem early, but free coffee and doughnuts should help perk you up once you reach Shuga Records. The Wicker Park record store will have giveaways from Lagunitas and Emporium as well as a stacked list of in-store sets from the likes of the Hazy Seas, Jordanna, Strange Foliage, Brisco Darling and Sundown Club.

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Tack Room

icon-location-pin Lower West Side

Opens at 9:30am
Thalia Hall's piano bar hosts Record Store DJ sets from Indiana Waterfalls, SONORAMA, Waxahatchee and Adam Luksketich of Numero Group as well as live performances from Glyders  and Bedouine. Dogfish Head will be onhand with beer specials and prizes like a Crosley record player and a Flaming Lips record filled with beer (seriously).

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Wild Prairie Vinyl & Vintage

icon-location-pin Ukrainian Village

Opens at 11am
The former home of KStarke Records has a new name, some new owners and its very own Record Store Day celebration. Stop by to pick up a selection of RSD exclusives, drink free beer from Half Acre Brewing and listen to DJ sets from the likes of -Tone B. Nimble, Shazam Bangles, Zulu Henry, King Hippo and more.

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