If you've ever mourned the loss of a local record store that fell victim to online or big box retailers, now is the time to appreciate the "mom and pop" music shops that are still in business. Saturday, April 18 is Record Store Day, "a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally."
In honor of the day, various independent record stores in and around Chicago are planning special events and music releases. Here's a rundown of some of the participating stores:
Algonquin Records - 532 E Algonquin Road, Des Plaines
Beverly Records - 11612 S Western
CYKLOPX - 7511 Madison St., Forest Park
Dave's Records - 2604 N Clark
Dusty Groove America - 1120 N Ashland - offering free prizes, special merchandise and more.
Hard Boiled Records - 2010 W Roscoe - offering giveaways, new stock and a live set by Radio Ballads at 4 p.m.
Laurie's Planet of Sound - 4639 N Lincoln -offering exclusive releases, a set by AZITA at noon, guest DJs, free gifts.
Permanent Records - 1914 W Chicago
Reckless Records - 3161 N Broadway AND 1532 N Milwaukee AND 26 E Madison - Many special releases plus in-store performances from Blasted Diplomats, The Lawrence Arms, Disappears and more. See the full schedule here.
Record Breakers - 2109 S State
2nd Hand Tunes - 800 Dempster St., Evanston
Val's Halla Records - 239 W. Harrison, Oak Park - offering giveaways and specials throughout the day.
Vintage Vinyl - 925 Davis St., Evanston - In-store performance by The Luck of Eden Hall at 2 p.m.
For more information and a full list of participating Chicagoland stores, click here.