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Chicago celebrates Record Store Day, April 18

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For dedicated music lovers, every day is Record Store Day, but in these times of turbulent change in the music industry, Saturday, April 18, has been singled out by retailers for a special celebration of the sort of independent, mom-and-pop shops that not only stock the great stuff you'll never find in the big-box stores, but which remain invaluable centers of this city's musical community.

Most of the best local indie record stores are planning free in-store performances as well as selling the soon-to-be-collectible special releases issued by many bands to mark the occasion. Among the highlights are appearances by Disappears (5 p.m.) and "a longstanding and well-liked Chicago punk band" at Reckless Records at 1532 N. Milwaukee; Azita (noon) at Laurie's Planet of Sound, 4639 N. Lincoln; Company of Thieves (call 708-456-0861 for time) at Rolling Stones Records, 7300 W. Irving in Norridge, and The Luck of Eden Hall (2 p.m.) at Vintage Vinyl, 925 Davis St. in Evanston.

More information can be found at, which provides helpful links to all of the local shops that are participating. And a quick scan at that list (which follows the jump) indicates just how lucky Chicago still is when many other towns have seen their last local record store shuttered for good.

Algonquin Records, Des Plaines

Beverly Records, Chicago

Chicago Digital, Oak Park

CYKLOPX, Forest Park

Dave's Records, Chicago

Deadwax, Chicago

Dr. Wax, Chicago

Dusty Groove America, Chicago

Gramaphone Records, Chicago

Groovin High, Inc, Chicago

Hard Boiled Records, Chicago

Jazz Record Mart, Chicago

Laurie's Planet of Sound, Chicago

Permanent Records, Chicago

Raffe's Record Riot, Chicago

Rainbow Records, Barrington

Reckless Records, Wicker Park, Chicago

Reckless Records, Lakeview, Chicago

Reckless Records, Chicago Loop

Record Breakers, Chicago

Rolling Stones Records, Norridge

Second Hand Tunes, Evanston

Shake, Rattle & Read, Chicago

Sunshine Daydream CDs & Gifts, Mt. Prospect

The Music Experience, Chicago

The Old School Records, Forest Park

Val's Halla Records, Oak Park

Vintage Vinyl, Evanston

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Hi Jim...

Though I am not sure if they are participating in Record Store day, a mention of Remember When Records in Westmont would be great if possible. A great store in the suburbs for new and used vinyl, cds and tapes as well a ton of memorabilia. I am not affiliated in any way... just a huge fan!!

Remember When Records
309 W Ogden Avenue, Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 963-1957

Bob Romano

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