Whenever a friend planning on visiting Chicago for the first time asks where to shop for music and books, the first place I usually mention is Bucket O' Blood Books & Records. Despite being a very small shop, it's packed with genre fun like old school horror and sci-fi paperbacks, new and used vinyl, and plenty more. What sets this store apart from others selling similar products is the warmth and friendliness coming from store owners Grant and Jennifer McKee. They are very passionate fans just like each customer that walks into the door. It simply feels like you are hanging out at a friend's place instead of just a cold business transaction.
It is no secret that horror fans stick together, having a strong community that helps support each other in times of need. Bucket O' Blood is currently at a crucial spot where time is of the essence, and, financially, they are feeling in a bit of a bind. Their lease of five years is up at the end of July and they've decided to move no matter what happens because they've outgrown the small space and want to offer customers a better shopping experience.
The McKee's have been scouting locations in Logan Square to stay in their favorite neighborhood (along Milwaukee Avenue), but increasing rent prices have left them asking friends and fans for help in securing the first months' rent and security deposit at the new location (which they are hoping will be ready by August 1st, 2015).
In exchange for supporting their fundraising campaign, customers receive a wide selection of incentives in the form of gift certificates (some of which are exclusive to this campaign only), merchandise, a book of the month club deal, a private VIP shopping experience, and even a chance to host your own private in-store party!
It would be great to see Bucket O' Blood stay in the Logan Square area and have enough space to host bigger and better store events! (Previous events have included a Hidden Horror book release party and a live reading by The Walking Dead author Jay Bonansinga!)
In the meantime, the store will be open through July, so be sure to stop in at 2307 N. Milwaukee Avenue and say hello. Tell 'em The Chicago Creepout sent ya!
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