A Guide To Record Store Day In Chicago

Everything you need for Record Store Day in one place.

April 16, 2018
Record Store Day

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The time has come as our favorite day of the year is right around the corner. Record Store Day! 

This Saturday, April 21st, music fans will be flocking to their local record store to celebrate vinyl. Whether you're picking up an ultra-rare release or just want to scope out the scene, it's a memorable day that'll leave a lasting impact on you.

Before you set out on your adventure, you'll want to prepare yourself with this guide detailing all things Record Store Day.

On Your Radio: Nobody does Record Store Day like 93XRT and this year we'll be celebrating our love of vinyl all day long as we have another All Vinyl Saturday! Starting at Noon, immediately following Saturday Morning Flashback, turn your radio to 93XRT or stream us as we spin vinyl album sides until Midnight.

Podcast: I sat down with XRT's resident vinyl lover Ryan Arnold to discuss this year's releases and why Record Store Day is like Christmas for music lovers. Give it a listen below!

Video: Below you'll find this handy video we recorded with Val of Val's Halla Records on how to best take care of your vinyl records.

Stores: You can head to Record Store Day's official website to get a full list of participating stores, but take a look below at shops in and around the Chicagoland area.

Laurie's Planet Of Sound (4639 N. Lincoln, Chicago) - 9am-9pm

Laurie's will host a Record Store Day celebration with free performances from Tommi Zender & Natalie Galey (covering Joni Mitchell), Phil Angotti (covering The Kinks), The Census Takers (covering The Residents), and The Handcuffs.

Reckless Records (3126 N. Broadway, Chicago. 1379 N. Milwaukee, Chicago. 26 E. Madison, Chicago) - 10am-10pm (Broadway & Milwaukee locations) and 10am-8pm (Madison location)

Val's Halla Records (239 Harrison, Oak Park) - 9am-7pm

Val's Halla will be throwing a free party with performances from Farewell Captain, Two Guitars and a Tuba, Matt Lenny and Elm City Council, Ginger, The Frantastic Sound System, and Gino & Friends Jam.

Dave's Records (2604 N. Clark, Chicago) - 9am-8pm

Purple Llama (2140 W. Division, Chicago) - 7am-7pm

Coinciding with the celebrartion of their one year anniversary, Purple Llama will be hosting performances from Ovef Ow and Health&Beauty.

Hyde Park Records (1377 E. 53rd, Chicago) - 11am-8pm

Dusty Groove (1120 N. Ashland, Chicago) - 8am-9pm

Dusty Groove will be celebrating the day with free giveaways, a magic show, and more.

Bric-a-Brac Records (3156 W. Diversey, Chicago) - 8am-7pm

Broc-a-Brac is offering free coffee and donuts to early customers and will have in-store performances from Ganser, Air Credits, Richard Album and the Singles, Lasers and Fast and S$&!, and The Just Luckies.

Beverly Records (11612 S. Western, Chicago) - 8am-6pm