These days there are still plenty of great live music acts to catch, while the city’s music shops stock an eclectic range of different types of records and CDs. Here is a selection of record shops that you need to check out when you visit Chicago.
Both amateur and professional electronic music lovers make a point of stopping by Gramaphone Records whenever they are in Chicago. Dedicated to providing the freshest tunes around spanning genres such as techno, trance, house and dubstep, Gramaphone Records can be found on North Clark Street.
Specialising in funk and soul, Dusty Groove is the perfect place to get your groove on and discover something new while also taking a walk down memory lane by revisiting some of the classics. This is a great place to sit back and relax with a cup of coffee at the onsite café and give your ears a treat. According to Rolling Stone magazine, Dusty Groove is one of the best record shops in the whole of America, which means it should be on the top of any music lover’s itinerary when they pay a visit to Chicago.
This is one of the most iconic record shops in Chicago and was originally established in the city of London and is popular with true music fans. One of the things that sets Reckless Records apart is the shop’s huge collection of vinyl records, which include a large collection of rare titles and collector’s items. Reckless Records can be found in three different locations in Chicago, namely the Loop, Wicker Park and Lakeview. Music lovers will want to make sure that they head on over to the newest and largest venue at Wicker Park, as local bands can often be found getting their groove on here.
Record lovers rejoice, as this small yet impressive venue features a collection of more than 40,000 new and used vinyl records that span all genres. However, people who are searching for CDs will be out of luck at Daves Records, as the owner is committed to banishing them from his emporium. If you have been searching for that rare vinyl record, Daves Records on North Clark Street just might have it.