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Record Shopping In Chicago: The Best Spots For Vinyl Lovers

First Posted: 09/15/10 05:56 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:40 PM ET

Rolling Stone released it's list of the "25 Best Record Stores in the U.S." today, and three Chicago shops made the cut. We were impressed--but also felt the need to make our own list.

While many young consumers ditched their CDs and now head to the iTunes store to buy music--diehard music fans have not stopped visiting their local record stores. Vinyl collectors are very particular about where the goods are, and Chicago is lucky enough to have many sweet stores to choose from.

There is something special about listening to music on a record player, especially as the leaves begin to fall. Perhaps visiting your local record store will inspire you to bring more vinyl into your life--and hopefully our list can help you on that journey.

What is your favorite record store in Chicago (or the suburbs)? Let us know in the comments, or add it to our list!
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Permanent Records
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This Chicago Avenue gem is small but mighty. Scanning the entire store is a Saturday afternoon well spent--and you'll likely leave with an armful of goodies. Really good, manageable selection of new and used records; friendly and helpful staff and an adorable cat (Zaireeka) to boot! Our personal fave!

Permanent Records
1914 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
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That place sucks.
Vinyl Heaven.

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