Record Store Day returns for its tenth iteration on Saturday, April 22. This year the Reader is spotlighting a half dozen underappreciated neighborhood shops that don’t do much if anything for the occasion, but as usual we’ve also collected these listings about the places that do.
To help you manage your options, we’ve built an interactive map where each store’s clickable “pin” includes details about in-stores, discounts, and other specials—the same details that appear in the alphabetized entries below. Because this information remains in flux, we’ll continue updating it for as long as we can.
Your menu for this year’s Record Store Day
Shops participating in Record Store Day tend to stock a selection of special RSD releases, but in most cases retailers learn what they’ll get so late that they avoid attempting to publicize that info. (Reckless is an exception.) Consequently these listings don’t mention RSD inventory—they’re about special events, in-store performances, discounts, promotions, giveaways, and the like. Late changes are always possible, so it’s a good idea to check with the store if you can.
If a shop doesn’t appear here, that’s because as far as we know it isn’t doing anything out of the ordinary for Record Store Day.
Boiler Room Record Store Day Brunch PBR presents a pop-up record store at this Logan Square pizza bar, with performances by Matthew Alfano, Michael Vinopal, the Shades, and A Friend Called Fire. Noon-4 PM, 2210 N. California, 773-276-5625, boilerroomlogansquare.com.
Bric-a-Brac Records Free coffee from Halfwit Roasters and free doughnuts from Doughnut Vault, plus live performances throughout the day from Staring Problem, Roman Polanski’s Baby, Bev Rage & the Drinks, and more. Bric-a-Brac is also teaming up with next-door neighbors Lost Lake, who will open at noon and host live DJs all day; the bar is also introducing a new cocktail, the Bric-a-Braquiri. 8 AM-9 PM, 3156 W. Diversey, 773-654-3915, facebook.com/bricabracrecords.
Bucket o’ Blood Books and Records RSD exclusives plus a luau-themed party that includes food, games, and drinks (including Great Lakes Brewing’s Turntable Pils). 10 AM-8 PM, 3182 N. Elston, 312-890-3860, bucketoblood.com.
Dave’s Records Free Molly’s Cupcakes, candy, posters, and other goodies. Receipts from Record Store Day can be used as coupons for 20 percent off your next purchase. Stonebelly plays an acoustic set at 3 PM. 10 AM-8 PM, 2604 N. Clark, 773-929-6325, davesrecordschicago.com.
Dusty Groove Free snacks and gifts all day, Dusty Groove’s traditional RSD magic show in the afternoon, and a “wheel of fortune” you can spin with each purchase. 8 AM-9 PM, 1120 N. Ashland, 773-342-5800, dustygroove.com.
Gramaphone Records Two new labels, Edgewood Estate and Night Sea Journey, have prepared limited-edition, silk-screened versions of their RSD 12-inches specifically for Gramaphone, which will be available alongside many other RSD releases. 11 AM-9 PM, 2843 N. Clark, 773-472-3683, gramaphonerecords.com.
Groovin’ High Hundreds of RSD exclusives on sale. 7 AM-8 PM, 1047 W. Belmont, 773-476-6846.
Kstarke Records Free food and drink, plus in-store sets throughout the day by Lettucehead, the Wick, and a big slate of DJs: Glenna J. Fitch, Alex Gonzalez, Tim Zawada, Shazam Bangles, Mark Grusane, Jesse S Andwich, Jarvis Mason, Jerome Derradji, and Kevin Starke. 10 AM-9 PM, 1109 N. Western, 773-772-4880, facebook.com/kstarke.records.chicago.
Laurie’s Planet of Sound Live performances all day from the Dust Bunnies, Sweet Figurines, the Romeros, Sanctified Grumblers, and more. 9 AM-10 PM, 4639 N. Lincoln, 773-271-3569, lauriesplanetofsound.com.
Logan Hardware Discounts on thousands of LPs, 45s, and cassettes, plus “mystery bundles” of LPs or 45s. “The Record Butcher” is back too, selling vinyl by the pound. Noon-9 PM, 2532 W. Fullerton, 773-235-5030, logan-hardware.com.
Numero Group Pop-Up Shop The archival label brings its pop-up shop back to Comfort Station, with every existing Numero release (including discounted albeit slightly damaged items) as well as dealers selling their own stock. 10 AM-5 PM, Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee, numerogroup.wordpress.com.
Permanent Records Free Dark Matter coffee at 8 AM and free beer from Half Acre starting at 1 PM. DJs spin all day, including Jordan Reyes of Moniker Records, Alejandro Morales of Running, and the Reader‘s own Leor Galil. 1914 W. Chicago, 773-278-1744, permanentrecordschicago.com.
Reckless Records on Milwaukee Plenty of RSD exclusives and free gifts, as well as live music all day from the likes of the Smoking Popes, Ohmme, TALsounds, and Carpenters cover band Carpentersville. 10 AM-10 PM, 1379 N. Milwaukee, 773-235-3727, reckless.com.
Record Breakers Free donuts and coffee in the morning, free hot dogs and soda in the afternoon, and other giveaways. In-store performances by Kevin & Hell, Chauncey & the Beast, Cascader, Salvation, the Bottom Dollars, and Fatherless. 8 AM-midnight, 2105 S. State, 312-949-0125, reggieslive.com.
Shuga Records Free doughnuts and coffee, giveaways from Lagunitas, and live performances by Lucile Furs, Max Loebman, Wilem Hurricane Simmons, Hair, Evening Attraction, and more. 8 AM-10 PM, 1272 N. Milwaukee, 773-278-4085, shugarecords.com.
Val’s Halla Records Sale prices on all inventory, free coffee and doughnuts for early birds, and live music at the top of every hour (beginning at 11 AM) by Rachel Drew, Phil Angotti, NBRSO, Ellis Clark, Dead Freddie, and Bill Kavanagh. 9 AM-7 PM, 239 Harrison, Oak Park, 708-524-1004, valshallarecords.com.