One of the best record stores in the United States calls Illinois home.

I Have Never Been To A Record Store I Didn't Like

My love of record stores started at a young age. My uncle was a big fan of music. He would buy new albums and go to concerts with my dad all the time. I remember going to visit him and hearing lots of cool bands.

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My first job was as a newspaper delivery boy in my neighborhood. When I got my first paycheck, I asked my dad to take me to the mall so I could purchase my very first record. It was Ozzy "Blizzard of Ozz" on vinyl.

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After that, I was hooked. I saved all my earnings to buy more music. Sometimes, I would skip lunch at school to have extra money for albums. Ever since then, I am always on the lookout for cool new places to pick up records.

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Illinois Is Home To Many Amazing Record Stores

Fans of music in Illinois are really lucky because there are many amazing record stores in our state, especially in Rockford. Here in the Forest City, we have Culture Shock, Toad Hall, and CD Source. I am a big fan of all three. Of course, there are plenty in and around Chicago. My favorite there is Rolling Stones Records in Norridge.

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One Of The Best Record Stores In The United States Is Located In Illinois

"Spin Magazine" has recently named "The 10 Greatest Record Stores In America." On that list is "Reckless Records" in Chicago.

According to spin.com,

 "Instead of just one location for your vinyl-hunting needs, Reckless Records has three storefronts in Chicago, including its biggest at the former Dollar Buster spot in Wicker Park."

 

"Still hosting intimate artist shows, signings from bands, and signed prints/albums."

 

"It’s a safe bet that Reckless, now in their 32nd year, will be worth your time, whether you’re looking for crates and crates and crates of records."

For more info about Reckless Records, HERE.

Check Out the Best-Selling Album From the Year You Graduated High School

Do you remember the top album from the year you graduated high school? Stacker analyzed Billboard data to determine just that, looking at the best-selling album from every year going all the way back to 1956. Sales data is included only from 1992 onward when Nielsen's SoundScan began gathering computerized figures.

Going in chronological order from 1956 to 2020, we present the best-selling album from the year you graduated high school.

Did You Know These 25 Famous Musicians And Bands Were From Illinois?

Did You Know These 25 Famous Musicians And Bands Were From Illinois?