Ask ChicagoNow: What is/was the best record store in Chicago?

Ask ChicagoNow: What is/was the best record store in Chicago?

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With so much collective experience, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions to the group.

What is/was the best record store in Chicago?

“Jim Nash’s Wax Trax on the North Side and Val’s Halla in Oak Park were the coolest stores around in the early 80’s. The days of Joy Division, Godley and Creme, the Psychedelic Furs, the New York Dolls, and the Sex Pistols. There was revolution in the air.” — Mark Andel, Hot Dog Diaries

“Legs & Ears, on Ogden Ave in Downers Grove. Light years ago. Albums and jeans – that and a dime bag were all any high school kid needed in ’75!” — Michelle Babicz, Planet Michelle

“Borderline music formerly in Lakeview then andersonville…and currently location tbd. A great dance music record store that had a emphasis on Madonna but also other dance acts as well.” — Jayson J Crady, Confessions of a Coffeholic!

“Rose Records, closed now but formerly on Wabash near Adams. I bought soundtracks, obscure organ and bagpipe records, and lots of classical goodies there. After all, it was just west of Orchestra Hall.” — Margaret Laing, Margaret Serious

“Rolling Stone just on the edge of Chicago on Harlem across from the HIP this is an old school record store that has kept up with the times.” — Michael Messinger, Mysteries of Life

“When I was in college, there was a record store in Highwood that would call whenever there was a new release. I think they got tired of me coming in every day asking when “Who’s Next” was going to drop.” — Howard Moore, I’ve Got The Hippy Shakes

“The best record store in Chicago was running into Wesley Willis on the sidewalk and buying his latest self-released CD from him. That only happened to me once — he walked by on Clark Street when I was waiting to get in to see Dope at the Metro in the summer of 2001 — but it’s a moment I’ll always treasure. I bought North Carolina Highway Patrol, and he signed it. Then, when another guy asked him what kind of music he played, he looked the guy straight in the eye and said, ‘I play country rock’. With a straight face. I wish I’d had more than the one chance to meet him before he passed away in 2003.” — Nicolle Neulist, Picks & Ponderings

“Reckless Records.” — Patrick O’Hara, Comedy, Tragedy or Me?

“Sputnik Books & Records in Portage Park because it’s decorated in a vintage space age theme that is too cool not to see for yourself!” — Sophie Sanchez, Cosmic Chicago

“Beverly Records on south Western Ave. New and old with great customer service.” — H. Van Howe, Pizza For Breakfast

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