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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

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

If you own a turntable or just enjoy not having to squint at album art, you're probably aware of the most important record holiday on the year. Record Store Day is a nationwide celebration of the retailers who sell LPs and expose us to new music, marked by in-store concerts, sales and exclusive vinyl releases. You'll find folks lined up at record stores all across Chicago, commemorating the occassion with craft beer, parties and events at rock music venues. Take a moment to dig through some crates and find a gem (perhaps one of the best Chicago albums?) 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 22, 2017.

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, Borderline Music, Bric-A-Brac Records and Collectibles, Bucket O' Blood Books and Records, Dave's Records, Dusty Groove, Gramaphone Records, Kstarke Records, Laurie's Planet of Sound, Logan Hardware, Permanent Records, Pinwheel Records, Reckless Records and Shuga Records.

Record Store Day in Chicago

606 Records

Opens at 10am
This Pilsen record store will be host in-store DJ sets all day long, featuring some of the city's best female DJs. Of course, there will also be Record Store Day exclusives for sale and a series of giveaways throughout the day. A portion of the day's proceeds will benefit Yollocalli Arts Reach.

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Lower West Side

Audio Archaeology

Opens at 9am
Head to this Rogers Park shop to check out audio equipment (including a special edition Star Wars Crosley Cruiser turntable) and the latest Record Store Day releases.

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Rogers Park

Borderline Music

Opens at 9am
Visit this Madonna-obsessed Andersonville record shop to find the latest Record Store Day releases and get 25% off all used vinyl, cassettes and CDs.

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Andersonville
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Bric-A-Brac Records and Collectibles

Opens at 8am
Show up to Bric-A-Brac and fuel a day of crate digging with free coffee from Halfwit Roasters, free donuts from the Doughnut Vault, and vegan pastries from Ash Lemasters. In-store performances from Staring Problem, Roman Polanski's Baby, Bev Rage & the Drinks, Evil Triplet and L.I.A.R. will take place throughout the afternoon. At noon, head next door to Lost Lake to catch DJ sets and the return of the Bric-a-Braquiri.

 

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Avondale

Bucket O' Blood Books and Records

Opens at 10am
To mark the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day, this Avondale shop is throwing a luau, so you can show off your limbo prowess, hula hoop skills and Hawaiian shirt while you shop a selection of exclusive LPs. The shop is also offering a passport, which can can be stamped at nearby businesses like Beer Temple and DMen Tap for a chance to win a Great Lakes Brewing Company turntable.

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Avondale

Dave's Records

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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 and a coupon for 20% your next purchase at the store. At 5pm, in-store performances from acts like Stonebelly will greet evening shoppers.

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Lincoln Park
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Dusty Groove

Opens at 8am
Get out of bed early and queue up for Dusty Groove's Record Store Day celebration, which is the only place where you get to spin a wheel of fortune with each purchase. The store will also provide free refreshments, an early afternoon magic show and giveaways.

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East Village

Laurie's Planet of Sound

Opens at 9am
This Lincoln Square shop always hosts a robust lineup of local musicians on Record Store Day. Show up at noon to see sets from Ted Wulfers Phil Angotti and Friends (performing as the Kinks), Sanctified Grumblers, The Romeros (performing as George Michael), Sweet Figurines (performing as David Bowie) and Dust Bunnies.

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Lincoln Square

Permanent Records

Opens at 10am
Permanent Records is the only place you'll be able to find a copy of the Record Store Day release from LA psych-rockers Frankie and the Witch Fingers. It's also the place to go if you want to see DJs spin throughout the day, including sets from the folks behind Eye Vybe Records, Moniker Records and Funk Trunk Records. Plus, Dark Matter will serve coffee in the morning and Half Acre will tap a keg at 1pm.

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East Village
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Pinwheel Records

Opens at 9am
This bright Pilsen store will offer up plenty of Record Store Day exclusives and some sale items. In-store performances will take place throughout the day (and into the evening), including sets from Dirt Cheap Date, Dream Version, Jesse W. Johnson & Coyote Scream, Junkee Girl, Gia Margaret, Mother Nature Music and Not Myself.

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Lower West Side

Reckless Records (Lakeview)

Opens at 10am
The Lakeview branch of Reckless celebrates Record Store Day with plenty of vinyl and in-store sets from Carpentersville (playing the Brown Album), TALsounds and the Poison Arrows. The music begins at 2pm.

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Lake View

Reckless Records (Wicker Park)

Opens at 10am
Come to Reckless's flagship Wicker Park shop to snag a free Revolution Brewing slipmat and stick around for sets from The Smoking Popes, Ohmme and Magas (beginning at 2pm).

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Wicker Park
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Record Breakers

Opens at 8am
Show up at Reggies Record Breakers for free doughnuts and coffee in the morning and hot dogs and pop in the afternoon. In-store performances from acts like Cascader, the Bottom Dollars, Salvation, Fatherless, Chauncey and the Beast and Kevin and Hell round out the day.

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Near South Side

Shuga Records

Opens at 8am
It might seem early, but free Dark Matter coffee and doughnuts should help perk you up once you reach Shuga Records. The Wicker Park record store will give its first 300 customers a 20oz tallboy glass, courtesy of Emporium Arcade Bar and Lagunitas Brewing Co.

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Wicker Park

Boiler Room

Logan Square pizza joint Boiler Room teams up with PBR for its annual Record Store Day brunch from noon to 4pm. This year, Feeltrip Records will curate a pop-up record shop while acts like Matthew Alfano, Michael Vinopal, the Shades and a Friend Called Fire perform acoustic sets.

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Logan Square
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Cafe Mustache

Permanent Records' RSD celebration continues at Cafe Mustache, with DJ sets from the shop's staff and live sets from Roman Polanski's Baby and WAD. The party begins at 10pm and goes until 3am.

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Logan Square

Comfort Station

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 the entire Numero catalog, discounted scratch and dent records and dealers slinging 45s and LPs at bargain prices.

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Logan Square

Dr. Martens

Dr. Martens may not sell records, but plenty of people who make music have worn the brand's signature boots. The Wicker Park shop has partnered with nearby Reckless Records to host a Record Store Day party, complete with free cocktails from Stolen Rum, free pizza from Piece and all-vinyl DJ sets from Mary Wells and Time Out Chicago music editor Zach Long.

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Wicker Park
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Empty Bottle

From noon–4pm, Empty Bottle hosts a free Record Store Day showcase of local bands. At 12:30pm, the day kicks off with an Intersectional Feminism Music Panel, presented by the Inclusive Music Coalition. DJ Jill Hopkins will spin tunes throughout the afternoon and local bands So Pretty and Oops! will perform. Anyone with a Reckless Records receipt will recieve a pint of Revolution Brewing's Hand Over Fist lager for just $4.

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Ukrainian Village

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