Hey folks, before we jump into the Record Store Day Drop 1 details, I should warn you that there is an annoying amount of COVID-19 reminders throughout the post. We here at Third Coast Review are committed to keeping our readers as safe as possible during the pandemic and urge you to stay home if you don't feel comfortable going out. But if you do plan on going out to any of these stores, we want to make sure you remember to adhere to COVID-19 precautions: wear a mask, social distance, use hand sanitizer, and stay safe. And if you really don't feel comfortable going out, there are a few online and curbside options available to partake in the event! Record Store Day, which usually takes place on the third weekend of April, didn't exactly go as planned. COVID-19 forced the annual day of record store celebrations to completely shift its release. Instead of a single day, it's been transformed into a three-day event taking place on August 29 (this Saturday!), September 26, and October 24. The fun event has always had some criticism, specifically its focus on costly vinyl, records that don't necessarily need to be repressed, flippers picking up all the rarest goodies to resell at even more ridiculous prices, etc. And now with the ever looming pandemic, safety has become an issue. Thankfully stores are adhering to their neighborhoods' COVID-guidelines and making sure that everything is as safe as can be. While a lot of the community aspects of the event are not happening (live music in store being a huge loss) the spirit of the event is still evident. RSD is meant to bring music lovers together and support these shops by packing a sizable list of exclusive releases to help celebrate the music community. Usually RSD is the biggest sales day of the year for these shops and with all the COVID closures, they sure as hell need the boost now. If you don't feel comfortable going out, don't fret! There are plenty of stores offering curbside purchasing, online ordering, and more. You can still enjoy the event even if you don't feel comfortable going out. You can check out the list of releases at the RSD website! Below is a list of stores taking part in RSD as well as stores that are not. Saturday is a day to support all record stores, and if you don't feel comfortable going out, most have an online store to purchase regular releases. You can see the almost fuller list of Illinois stores at the RSD website. We also mapped out the shops on Google Maps, so take a look at your neighborhood, click on your local record shop's marker, and see what they're doing for this first RSD Drop!
3CR’s Guide to Record Store Day Drop 1 2020 in Chicago and Beyond
RSD ADJACENT: Chicago & Beyond!Algonquin Records - 532 E Algonquin Rd, Des Plaines - (847) 827-0673 No details on their RSD plans yet, so keep an eye on their Facebook for any updates. Bob's Blues & Jazz Mart- 3419 W Irving Park Road - 773-539-5002 No details on their RSD plans yet, so keep an eye on their Facebook for any updates. Gramaphone Records - 2843 N. Clark St. - 773-472-3683 @gramaphonechi No details on their RSD plans yet, so keep an eye on their Facebook for any updates. Groovin' High - 1047 W. Belmont Ave. - 773-476-6846 Groovin' High doesn't have the most consistent schedule throughout the year (read: they're almost always closed), and with COVID going on we're not sure if they'll open their doors. Oak Park Records- 179 S Oak Park Ave., Oak Park - 708-524-2880 While Oak Park Records will not have the RSD records and will announce exactly what they be doing this Saturday soon! Keep an eye on their Facebook for details! Purple Dog Records - 329 N Center St., Naperville - @PurpleDogRecord No details on their RSD plans yet, so keep an eye on their Facebook for any updates. Shady Rest Vintage & Vinyl - 1659 S. Throop - 872-444-6488 No details on their RSD plans yet, so keep an eye on their Facebook for any updates. Wild Praire Vinyl & Vintage- 1109 N. Western Ave - 773-580-7946 No details on their RSD plans yet, so keep an eye on their Facebook for any updates.
RSD PLEDGED STORES : Chicago606 Records - 1808 S. Allport - 312-585-6108 - @606records 606 Records will open at Noon with their RSD titles available behind the counter! Remember to shop safely with a mask and maintain social distancing! They will also have copies of the Situation Chicago Double LP which goes to help support independent venues in Chicago. Bric-A-Brac Records & Collectibles - 3156 W Diversey Ave - 773-654-3915 - @bricabracrcords While you won't be able to peruse the RSD releases inside the shop, Bric-A-Brac and Lost Lake will be teaming up to let you make the most out of this social distanced Record Store Day. You'll be able to check out the titles from the sidewalk through Lost Lake's open windows ad even enjoy some drinks and food from their menu if you feel comfortable! They will also have copies of the Situation Chicago Double LP which goes to help support independent venues in Chicago. Beverly Records - 11612 S. Western Ave. - 773-779-0066 - @BeverlyRecords Beverly Records will have RSD releases this Saturday! Doors open at 8 am with COVID restrictions in place. Masks are required and they will only have 10 people in the store at a time.They will also be having a Facebook Live home shopping event on Monday Aug 31 where we will be selling anything we have left from over the weekend. Check out more details on their website! Bucket O' Blood Books and Records - 3182 N Elston Ave. - 312.890.3860 - @bucketoblood Bucket O' Blood will have RSD releases but will not be opening it's doors for RSD. Instead, if you live within 10 miles of the shop, you can text them you desired titles and pay $5 for delivery! Noon -5:00pm Dave's Records - 2604 N. Clark St. - 773-929-6325 - @davesrecordschi Dave's won't have any of the RSD releases on Saturday to curb the unsafe lining up. Instead he'll be offering a FREE DELTA HAINTS 45 pressed on stunning blue vinyl at Third Man Records to the first 25 customers who buy something. He'll also have the usual freebies and a buy one, get on 50% off sale. Dave's will have some of the releases on Monday, so if you don't get them at other locations you can head to Dave's then! They will also have copies of the Situation Chicago Double LP which goes to help support independent venues in Chicago. Dusty Groove Records - 1120 N. Ashland Ave. - 773-342-5800 - @DustyGroove Dusty Groove's Record Store Day will run from 7am to 9pm. Check out their guidelines on how to pick up your RSD goodies here! They won't be letting anyone in the store, instead you'll fill out a form of what records you'd like and they'll pull them out and service you through their side pickup window. Titles that do not sell out on-site between 7am and Noon Central will be available online, limit 1 copy per title, same for local customers in the morning. They will also have copies of the Situation Chicago Double LP which goes to help support independent venues in Chicago. The Exchange
- 1524 N. Milwaukee Avenue - 773-252-9570
- 935 W. Belmont - 773-883-8908
- Loop - 26 E. Madison - 312-795-0878 - @RecklessRecords
- Wicker Park- 1379 N Milwaukee Ave. - 773-235-372 - @RecklessRecords
- Lakeview - 929 W Belmont - 773-404-5080 - @RecklessRecords
RSD PLEDGED STORES: Beyond ChicagoAudiophil - 17 East Van Buren St, Suite 17E, Joliet - 815-319-2143 - @AudiophilS Audiophil will be open from Noon to 2pm for RSD Releases! Only one person will be allowed in the store during this time to pick their RSD goodies and checkout. They will be open with limited capacity from 2pm - 7pm. Please wear a mask! Check out their video for full details for more details! Blue Village Vinyl - 309 W. Ogden Ave. Westmont - 630-963-1957 Blue Village Vinyl will be open Saturday for the first Record Store Day “Drop” from 10am-5pm. They will have a limit 3 titles per customer, first come first serve, no holds. They may likely have to limit customers due to Corona guidelines. Also enjoy a 10% discount on their massive used inventory. Cheap Kiss Records - 22 S. Villa Ave. Villa Park - 847-414-9765 Cheap Kiss Records will be handling RSD as safely as possible, asking customers to park in designated numbered spots and asking them at 7:30 whether they would prefer a responsible in store shopping experience or curbside service! Then at 8am, the first five spots will get to choose their records or shop in side! Check out the full details here! Culture Shock - 2239 Charles St. Rockford - 815-229-2997 - @cultureshock_ Culture Shock will be opening their doors at 8:00am with tons of RSD goodies and sales! Like every responsible shop in this day and age, they'll be taking extra precautions, hinting at what they have planned on their Facebook post! Green Tangerine Records - 838 W. Lincoln Hwy. DeKalb - 608-751-8386 Green Tangerine Records will be following COVID guidlines (limited people allowed inside store, wear a mask, and social distance!) when they open their doors for RSD at 8am! Mile Long Records- 350 W. Front Street, Wheaton - 630-474-4954 - @mile_long Mile Long Records will be having RSD titles in their store an will be following Covid guidelines. Their numbered wristband system will be in place and their will be timed entry depending on your number. Check out their post for full details! The Old School Record Store- 7446 Madison St, Forest Park - 708-366-7588 The Old School Record Store opens at 10am for all your RSD needs! Remember to shop safely with a mask and practice social distancing! Record Wonderland - 737 E. Nerge Road, Roselle - 847-306-1290 - @recordwonder Record Wonderland will open at 10am will their RSD exclusives set up outside the shop in the morning, so morning shoppers can look without entering the store. Entry to the actual shop will be limited to 6 customers at a time. Face masks will be required both inside the store and for those waiting to see RSD items outside and hand sanitizer will be required before touching merchandise. They will be handing out numbers at 8 a.m. to discourage a long line in front of the store. Rediscover Records - 9 S. Spring Street, Elgin - 847-961-8445 Rediscover Records will open at 8am and they'll be practice safety protocols of social distancing and a face covering will be required to enter the shop. That means 5 people in the shop at a time, at 6 feet increments with just one person at a time at the RSD rack to select their records. Sanitizer and/or gloves will be available. Rolling Stones Music - 7300 W Irving Park Rd, Norridge - 708-456-0861 Rolling Stones Music will not have RSD items for sale onSaturday. Instead, beginning Monday, August 31 Rolling Stones Music will be accepting contact through Facebook, Instagram, or phone to check on the availability of the item(s) you are interested in purchasing. If they have them in have stock, they will respond with price & make arrangements for pick-up! Scratched Vinyl - 119 Barrington Commons Court, Barrington - 847-809-5820 Scratched Vinyl will be opening their doors for some RSD goodies at 9 am. If you head there earlier, please keep an appropriate distance from each other in line. Customers will be let in one at a time and masks are required in the store, covering chin to nose, as is using hand sanitizer on the way in. Shop safely and respectfully! Siren Records - 3902 Main St., McHenry - 815-347-8363 Siren records will open their doors to the RSD on Saturday! Remember to be safe and wear a mask! Check out more details on their Facebook post here! Squeezebox Books and Music - 1235 Chicago Ave., Evanston - 847-943-9309 Squeezebox will be opening at 10amwith clear markings for social distancing and hand sanitizer available. Masks are a must! Toad Hall Books and Records - 2106 Broadway, Rockford - 815-226-1259 Toad Hall Books and Records will be following Covid guidelines (limited people allowed inside store, wear a mask, and social distance!) when they open their doors for RSD at 8am! Val's Halla Records - 239 Harrison St, Oak Park - 708-524-1004 - @ValshallaRecord Val's Halla Records will be doing RSD a little differently. Unfortunately their signup period has passed but you should still support this great shop! Plus, this is fair warning for the next RSD Drop in September! Vintage Vinyl - 925 Davis St., Evanston - 847-328-2899 - @VVMOEvanston Vintage Vinyl is still finalizing their RSD plans, but they will have plenty of releases and be urging social distacning and mask wearing! Windy City Records - 5224 Main St. Downer Grove - 630-534-2794 Windy City Records will be open at 10am for all your RSD needs! It's 10 pieces max per person and only one per title! Remember to be safe and wear a mask!
This list will be updated throughout the day as stores post their RSD news. If they are any stores missing or that should be noted, leave a comment and we'll add them to the list! And remember, you don't have to go out to support these stores if you don't feel comfortable. but if you do, wear a mask, social distance, and be a responsible shopper in these COVID-19 times.
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