Record Store Day

Date: April 21, 2018 - April 21, 2018

Record Store Day was conceived as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally.

This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records, and on and on.

While there’s only one Record Store Day a year, the organization works with both independent and and major labels throughout the year to create contests, special releases and promotions in order to spotlight the benefits of supporting these independent, locally owned stores with music purchases throughout the year.

A Record Store Day participating store is defined as a brick and mortar retailer whose main primary business focuses on full time, stand alone physical store locations, with a major commitment to music retail, and whose company is independently owned, and not publicly traded. 

The above text comes directly from the Record Store Day website, where you can learn more and find lists of all of the limited and special releases for the day. Below is a list of participating stores in the Wicker Park Bucktown area, which boasts a significant concentration of record stores along Milwaukee Avenue and beyond. These stores constitute a significant aspect of our neighborhood fabric and are a part of what makes the area what it is, so be sure to get out and support them this weekend while upping your listening game!


Dusty Groove - 1120 N Ashland Ave, Chicago IL 60622
The Exchange - 1524 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60622
Reckless Records - 1379 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60622
Shuga Records - 1272 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60622
Logan Hardware - 2532 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago IL 60647

Record store names link to business' websites