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Reckless Records

Chicago’s best indie-rock record and CD emporium allows you to listen to everything before you buy. It’s certainly the place to get your finger on the pulse of the local, au courant underground scene. There's plenty…
Music in Logan Square & Humboldt Park

Logan Hardware

Logan Hardware is a used record store with a little something extra in its back room: the Vintage Arcade Museum. So after flicking through bins of rock, funk and Chicago band LPs – and scoring, say, a bluesy Chess R…
Music in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Permanent Records

Flip through new and used vinyl, CDs and cassettes in Permanent's long, narrow space. Maybe you'll find a Rectal Hygienics LP or something by a Krautrock band or Simon and Garfunkel. It's not the cheapest place in t…
Music in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Dave’s Records

Rolling Stone magazine picked Dave's as one of the nation's best record stores. It has an 'all vinyl, all the time' mantra, meaning crate diggers will be in their element flipping through the stacks of rock, jazz, b…
Music in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Dusty Groove

Old-school soul, Brazilian beats, Hungarian disco, bass-stabbing hip-hop – if it’s funky, Dusty Groove (which also has its own record label) stocks it. Flip through stacks of vinyl, or get lost amid the tidy shop’s …
Music in Near West Side & Pilsen

Groove Distribution

Whenever you’re at a club, dancing to the beat, Groove is likely the source of the music. The company provides record stores around the world with down-tempo, mash-ups, dubstep, nu jazz, cosmic disco and lots of tha…
Music in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Gramaphone Records

Gramaphone is one of the hippest record stores in Chicago – you’d have to either be a DJ or be dating a DJ to have heard of most of the hip-hop and electronic music sold here. Along with its collection of trendsetti…
Music in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Shuga Records

The smallish shop carries lots of soul and funk vinyl, plus a bit of everything else, from stoner doom to Native American ballads. Shuga focuses on harder-to-find music. Prices typically hover around $20 per record.