We talked to resident techies, audiophiles, and those Chicago bar patrons most susceptible to late-night iPhone tragedies to find the best sources for electronics stores and repairs. Computers, mobile phones, TVs, stereos, and more, Chicago boasts a solid mix of eclectic mom-and-pop shops and big-box retailers to suit your needs and make your life easier.
Chicago's best electronics stores
Around for more than 18 years, this Wicker Park shop prides itself on its ability to build a custom audio system for anyone on any budget. Decibel carries used, vintage, and new receivers, amplifiers, turntables, speakers, and accessories from brands like AudioTechnica, Epos, Grado Labs, Parasound, and Sonos, as well as the full line from Rega, Clearaudio and many more. Many items also available to shop online.
One of the city's oldest audio stores, this shop specializes in stereo and home theater systems and is an authorized dealer for dozens of manufacturers, including Sonos, Paradigm, Cambridge Audio, and more. Regardless of budget, you'll likely find a great deal among the shop's new, used, and demo equipment. Plus, bring in your used equipment to trade in or sell.
It's no secret that we Americans love our electronics, but there's nothing more frustrating than when they break or mysteriously stop working. That's when you call Anthony's. With a staff of certified electronic technicians, this factory authorized repair shop will fix your TV, DVD player, Xbox, computer, stereo, or even your guitar amp, microwave, and then some. All repairs come with a free estimate and 100-day warranty. Scope out the website for $10 off your service.
What started out as a small radio repair shop in 1936 has grown into one of the largest independent single-store appliance and electronics retailers in the country. The family-owned business includes a staff of 1,100 experts, a 100,000-square-foot showroom, and a mini-mall of boutique shops such as Apple and Bang & Olufsen. It's worth the trek to the burbs, but if you're wary of the commute, products are also available on the store's online site, offering free shipping to all 50 states.