CHIRP Record Fair & Other Delights

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CHIRP Record Fair & Other Delights
Photograph: Erica Gannett CHIRP Record Fair

Before Record Store Day arrives, the annual CHIRP Record Fair fills the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union Hall with stacks of vinyl for collectors to sift through. More than 50 vendors show up for the event, which benefits CHIRP Radio and features sets from local DJs like ShowYouSuck and Miss Alex White. Plus, there'll be drinks from Dark Matter Coffee, a listening station and a family activity area. You've still got some room for records on that IKEA shelf—you might as well fill it.

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This is the perfect event if you're on the hunt for hard-to-find vinyls ... or just want to see a bunch of hipsters digging through records. I enjoyed the downstairs of Plumbers Hall (featured vendors from Vintage Garage) much more than upstairs (mainly records, the occasional poster or cardboard cutout for sale). Music junkies would love this, but I really just went out of curiosity. They sold tamales, beer and featured live music as well. Not a bad daytime event if you're looking for something different to do in West Loop.