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Best Vinyl Shops In Chicago

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One of the latest trends for Millenniums is listening to vinyl.  Vinyl has made a comeback in the past few years. While digital music is immediate and plays seamlessly, vinyl has a definite timeframe – you can still throw an album on the turntable and walk away.   Vinyl is something that you can keep forever and many collectors purchase vinyl for the covers.  Vinyl can be passed through the generations and depending on the press number with a matching album cover, many can be worth beaucoup bucks!

Searching out vinyl shops, antique shops, and flea markets puts the thrill into the hunt.  Buying vinyl online is possible but you can’t get the rush of finding “the” perfect album plus you aren’t guaranteed the condition of a well-loved album until it arrives on your doorstep.  Keep reading to find out where the hottest vinyl shops are in the Windy City.   

Dave’s Records 

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Is a cozy little shop located on N. Clark Street.  They have a huge selection of vinyl from domestic to imported to new and used records. It has a nice vibe when you walk into the shop. They sell strictly vinyl, no CDs which is a score for vinyl collectors. 

Reckless Records 

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Is a group of three record stores. With three locations on N. Broadway, N. Milwaukee, and E. Madison, Reckless Records is known as an old-school record shop. They have a variety of different records and is an institution. While you are there looking for vinyl, you can also check out their DVDs and CDs. They are always interested in taking those old unwanted vinyl, CDs, and DVDs off of your hands. 

Logan Hardware Records 

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Is located on W. Fullerton Ave. and is an awesome place to go vinyl shopping. They have hundreds of vinyl to look though and a museum of free vintage arcade games you are able to play. What more can you ask for while vinyl shopping then to take a break and go play arcade games!  Many of the vinyl are used but there are a few new releases. 

Gramaphone Records 

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Is located on N. Clark St. and is known as a funky record store.  The store has a “club” décor that adds to the electronic and hip hop genres they feature.  The prices can be a little higher but if you find a vinyl that you really love, splurge! The staff is great and helpful. 

Record Breakers 

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Is located on N. Milwaukee Avenue, right above Reggie’s Rock Club. It is an old-school shop and it has an edgy selection of vinyl. The vinyl selection here ranges from hardcore to punk to ska to classic rock.  If you’re looking for some serious beats, check out Record Breakers for a wide range of vinyl. You will feel welcome as soon as you walk in.  If you haven't already make sure to checkout our blog on Winter Is Ending, Spring Is Starting!

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Chicago Outdoor Visuals

If you have read any of our previous blogs, at this point, we're sure you get that Chicago loves its summers. So much so that we have multiple fests almost every weekend, concerts galore, and attractions that will blow your mind. But what we haven’t covered yet is our visuals, those visuals that you can head out on a weekend or weeknight to enjoy, all with Chicago's iconic skyline as your backdrop. These are not just limited to fireworks, outdoor visuals in Chicago are so much more, and we plan on sharing those unique spots to hit.

Here are some quick tips before we dive in. First up, and this is probably the most important, is to get to each one early. So allow extra time to find the best spot and miss the rush. Also you may want to bring an emergency umbrella, as you never know with Chicago weather. Finally, pack a small cooler with drinks and snacks to enjoy the show. Be warned though, alcohol is not promoted at any of these spots and cops will make you pour out what you have.  So without further ado, here are PPM’s top 4 visuals to enjoy this summer.

Summer Fireworks at Navy Pier

(Wednesdays & Saturdays, May 23 – September 5) Enjoy a dazzling display of fireworks choreographed to music while overlooking Chicago’s magnificent skyline. Navy Pier’s Polk Bros. Park & Dock St. (South Promenade) | Wed 9:30p.m., Sat 10:15p.m | navypeir.com

Movies in the Parks

(June 11 – September 5) Chicago Park District’s series provides outdoor film entertainment in more than 150 neighborhood parks across the city. Families and couples may bring picnic baskets, blankets, and lawn chairs to watch current and classic film favorites. And again this year, the Chicago OnScreen Local Film showcase returns, featuring indie flicks from local artists. Various local parks | Movies begin at dusk | chicagoparkdistrict.com

Theater on the Lake

(Wednesdays – Sundays, June 17 – August 16) This is the 63rd season of Theater on the Lake, the annual summer-long festival that showcases the best of the off-Loop theater community in a park setting. While the historic Theater on the Lake building at Fullerton and Lake Shore Drive is undergoing renovation, the festival will travel to three different park locations across the city. Don't miss it. Locations TBA | Wed – Sat 7:30p.m., Sun 6:30p.m. | $10 | chicagoparkdistrict.com

Millennium Park Summer Film Series

(Tuesdays, June 23 – August 25) Take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or spread out a blanket on the Great Lawn to relax and watch your favorite films on a state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen. Films include Back to the Future (June 23), Almost Famous (July 28), The Aviator (August 11), Dirty Dancing (August 18), The Breakfast Club (September 1), and more. Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion 7:30p.m. | millenniumpark.org

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Chicago Summer Fun

Why do we all love Chicago so much? Well, it could be the amazing food, or the melting pot of amazing people, maybe the top notch museums and attractions. How about some of the best sports teams around or even the most magnificent skyline this side of the globe. Maybe it’s the diverse and unique neighborhoods that span the best lakefront in the country. Whatever your reason may be, we can all agree that Chicago is one of a kind!

Summers in Chicago are no expectation to its greatness. So much so that we put together a quick list of Chicago's summer play spots. The following is just an easy glance into some fun and enjoyable things to do and try before fall. Just make sure you load up on sunscreen, water, and some cash before you go. If you've got that covered, than you will definitely enjoy at least one thing on our list below. So let's take a look at PPM’s top three things to do in Chicago.

Summer Fun at Pier Park

(Through October) Visit Chicago's lakefront Navy Pier to board the 150-foot-high Ferris wheel. Ride the musical carousel and wave swinger, play the 18-hole miniature golf course, and navigate around Pier Park Lagoon by operating one of eight remote control boats. Navy Pier | During Navy Pier summer operating hours; check website for details | Ticket prices vary | navypier.com

Back to the Beach

(May 22 – September 7) Chicago offers beach goers a variety of amenities, from great concessions to bike rentals. Beach rules include: swim only when lifeguards are present, obey lifeguards, and follow posted beach rules. From 11a.m. – 7p.m. swimming is allowed unless otherwise posted | chicagoparkdistrict.com

Pools

(June 12 – September 7) The Chicago Park District has 26 indoor pools (most are open year-round) and 51 outdoor pools. Check their website for the pools in your area. Hours are from 11a.m. – 7:15p.m., generally, but do vary by location | chicagoparkdistrict.com

PPM Pool Parties

(Throughout July and August) PPM has four unique buildings in the Gold Coast and River North that have pools, and with that you can expect a pool party at each. Join us this year as we dance, swim, and eat the weekend away. Remember all pools are open every day during the summer months. Hope to see you soon! Sat., July 18, 1133 N. Dearborn | Sat., August 8, 1111 N. Dearborn | Sat., August 15 1120 N. LaSalle | ppmapartments.com

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