All stores participating in Record Store Day will stock a selection of special RSD releases, but in most cases retailers won’t know until the last minute precisely what they’ll get. So these listings don’t attempt to address that question—they’re more about special events, in-store performances, discounts, promotions, and giveaways. Last-minute changes are always possible, so check with the store if you want to be 100 percent sure.
Beverly Records Twenty percent off used vinyl, CD giveaways and free pizza all day. 9:30 AM-6 PM, 11612 S. Western, 773-779-0066, beverlyrecords.com.
Cafe Mustache Free small coffee or tea with vinyl or CD purchase. 8 AM-9 PM, 2313 N. Milwaukee, 773-687-9063, cafemustache.com.
Cyclopx Records Ten percent off all vinyl (excluding RSD titles), 25 percent off all CDs, free food and drink, in-store performance by Canasta (11:30 AM). 9 AM-5 PM, 7511 W. Madison, Forest Park, 708-488-0303, cyklopx.com.
Dave’s Records Half off all used 12-inch and seven-inch singles, 78s for one dollar, free Molly’s cupcakes and candy until they run out. Full list of RSD titles in stock released Fri 4/20 on website. 11 AM-8 PM, 2604 N. Clark, 773-929-6325, davesrecordschicago.com.
Dusty Groove America Gifts for the first 100 customers, “wheel of fortune” spin with every purchase, free refreshments and giveaways, magic show at 1 PM, Otis Clay performance in Corbett vs. Dempsey (upstairs) at 4 PM. 8 AM-9 PM, 1120 N. Ashland, 773-342-5800, dustygroove.com.
Favorite Records In-store performances by DJs Scott Tomlin (10 AM) and Morry B (noon), Deadbeat (2 PM), MODchicago DJs (3 PM), Silver Abuse (5:30 PM), and Sonorama, Bryan Martin, and Triton Sound (6:45 PM). Giveaways of budget 45s, cassettes, and LPs, free copies of vintage punk flyers with purchase. 10 AM-10 PM, 1535 W. Division, 773-697-3421.
Gramaphone Records Button and sticker giveaways, DJ sets from open till close featuring Harry T, DJ Pratt/Void Pedal, LGGC, Fathom DJ, Jesse de la Peña, Shut Eye/Shaun Wright, Nathan Larsen/Samone Roberts, and Hector Lopez. 11 AM-8:30 PM, 2843 N. Clark, 773-472-3683, gramaphonerecords.com.
Groove Dis 10 AM-6 PM, 346 N. Justine, suite 202, 312-997-2375, groovedis.com.
Groovin’ High Half-off used merchandise. 8 AM-8 PM, 1047 W. Belmont, 773-476-6846.
H+ Records 11 AM-7:30 PM, 730 S. Dearborn, 312-380-5007, hplusrecords.com.
Hyde Park Records Select albums for one dollar, some CDs two for five dollars. 11 AM-8 PM, 1377 E. 53rd, 773-288-6588, hydeparkrecords.net.
Jazz Record Mart Twenty percent off CD box sets, all “main room” 78s half off, “vinyl graveyard” LPs and red-circle 45s five for a dollar, second-hand classical LPs half off, plus other deals. In-store performances by Rockin’ Johnny (1 PM) and the Nick Mazzarella Trio (2 PM). 10 AM-8 PM, 27 E. Illinois, 312-222-1467, jazzmart.com.
Kstarke Records Noon-8 PM, 1108 N. Western, 773-772-4880.
Laurie’s Planet of Sound Sales on used LPs, free hot dogs, and giveaways, plus copies of a store-exclusive seven-inch flexi-disc collaboration between the Mazes and the Blue Ribbon Glee Club. Live performances by Martin Rivas (noon), Variety Lights (1 PM), and Casey McDonough & Scott Ligon (3 PM). 9 AM-10 PM, 4639 N. Lincoln, 773-271-3569, lauriesplanetofsound.com.
Logan Hardware Sales on LPs, CDs, DVDs, and books by the pound. 11 AM-9 PM, 2410 W. Fullerton, 773-235-5030, logan-hardware.com.
Metro Pop-up Shop Back stock from defunct south-side dance-music retailer Hot Jams, curated by Charlie Glitch of Ghetto Division (who helped set up the $5, $10, and $15 bins). Ticket giveaways, 25 percent off Metro apparel, buy-one-get-one-free silk-screened art, and more. Noon-8 PM, Metro store, 3728 N. Clark, 773-549-4140, metrochicago.com.
The Numero Group Pop-up Shop More than a dozen rare-vinyl vendors, guest DJs, contests, and a live auction. Numero’s mobile radio station (WTNG 89.9) broadcasts from the stage. Numero will have two tables of its own products, which include a pair of limited-edition releases: the LP/CD WTNG 89.9FM: Solid Bronze and a 45 of three old soul jingles pressed in an edition of 100 copies. 9 AM-6 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600, numerogroup.wordpress.com.
Old School Records Ten percent off all used items, 20 percent off budget items, in-store performances by Althea Grace (noon) and Daniel Fromberg (2 PM), Sonorama DJs spin from 2-6 PM. 10 AM-7 PM, 7446 W. Madison, Forest Park, 708-366-7588, theoldschoolrecords.com.
Out of the Past Records Special sale on 45s. Noon-7 PM, 4407 W. Madison, 773-626-3878, outofthepastrecords.com.
Permanent Records In-store performances by Ono, Psychic Teens, and Vyto B (beginning at 4 PM), goodie bags, free pizza from Coalfire. Plus Tapes and Addenda DJs spin the midnight hours. Midnight-2 AM, 10 AM-9 PM, 1914 W. Chicago, 773-278-1744, permanentrecordschicago.com.
Reckless Records on Broadway In-store performances by Pamphleteers (2 PM), Running (3 PM), Verma (4 PM), and the Atlas Moth (5:30 PM). 10 AM-10 PM, 3126 N. Broadway, 773-404-5080, reckless.com.
Reckless Records on Milwaukee Rock ‘n’ caricatures by Steve Krakow, aka Plastic Crimewave (12-6 PM), plus in-store performances by Radar Eyes (2 PM), Fake Limbs (3 PM), Spires That in the Sunset Rise (3:45 PM), Bloodiest (4:30 PM), and Circles (5:15 PM). 10 AM-10 PM, 1532 N. Milwaukee, 773-235-3727, reckless.com.
Reckless Records on Madison In-store performances by Arborist (1:30 PM), Psalm One (3:30 PM), and Cloudbirds (4:30 PM). 10 AM-8 PM, 26 E. Madison, 312-795-0878, reckless.com.
Record Breakers Free hot dogs and drinks, in-store performances by the New Diet (10 AM), Mitch Mead (11 AM), the Sweeps (noon), Owen (1 PM), Tom and Sean of Empires (2 PM), Magicks (3 PM), Electric Touch (4 PM), and Swimsuit Addition (5 PM). 10 AM-11 PM, 2105 S. State, 312-949-0125, reggieslive.com.
Saki Raffle and games throughout the day, in-store performances by Santah (1 PM), Bare Mutants (2 PM), Cains & Abels (3 PM), Cross Record (4 PM), Minor Characters (5 PM), Hollows (6 PM), Opposites (7 PM), and the Runnies (8 PM). Certain Logan Square businesses are holding special sales the week following RSD for customers who bring in a Saki RSD receipt. 9 AM-9 PM, 3716 W. Fullerton, 773-486-3997, sakistore.blogspot.com.
Second Hand Tunes Giveaways all day. Midnight-2 AM, 10 AM-8 PM, 800 Dempster Street, Evanston, 847-491-1690, 2ndhandtunes.com.
Shake Rattle & Read Twenty-five percent off used LPs, 45s, CDs, and music books and magazines. Noon-6 PM, 4812 N. Broadway, 773-334-5311.
Val’s Halla Records Sales on limited-edition items, free coffee and donuts. 9 AM-5 PM, 239 Harrison Street, Oak Park, 708-524-1004, valshalla.com.
Village Records Twenty-five percent off all used merchandise, ten percent off all new merchandise. 11 AM-8 PM, 2010 W. Roscoe, 773-549-7868.
Vintage Vinyl In-store performance by Luck of Eden Hall (noon). 11 AM-6 PM, 925 Davis, Evanston, 847-328-2899, vvmo.com.