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When you need some fresh tunes for your turntable, tape deck or CD player, there's no better place to find them than at Chicago's best record stores. Many local shops have been in business for years, selling new and used vinyl, CDs and tapes—and making recommendations when you need them. Whether you love vintage jazz, Chicago blues, indie rock, house music or hip-hop, there are shops throughout the city that offer the latest albums (and plenty of used records from the past).
With business restrictions and guidelines in flux as of late, most Chicago record stores have made some modifications to their policies. Some are welcoming a limited number of customers back into their stacks—though you'll need to make sure you bring along a face mask. Others have transitioned to appointment-only shopping or are exclusively selling online while offering curbside pickup at their physical location.
During a time when artists can't play at Chicago music venues, it's more important than ever to support your favorite musicians (and some vital local businesses) by shopping at some of Chicago's best record stores.