CHICAGO | Dusty Groove Ukrainian Village is the bricks and mortar store of the world famous record store. Dusty Groove started as an online store in 1996, a year after friends Rick Wojcik and JP Schauer had the idea while stuck in a snowstorm in the mountains of Pennsylvania after a massive vinyl crate digging trip. Over the years it expanded its online business, made its store full time, and started selling CDs as well as vinyl. It’s been voted one of the best record stores in the world by several respected publications, and we agree with the sentiment 100%.
There’s a particular focus on rare funk, soul, disco, jazz, Latin and African music, and Dusty Groove even have their own label which reissues forgotten titles licensed from Universal, Sony Music and more. The online store is fantastic of course, but there’s something special about visiting the physical store, touching the actual records, looking at the album art and listening to some music in the store before you buy.
Everything on the Dusty Groove online record store is available for sale at the Chicago store, and there’s a ‘bargain basement’ full of Chicago store exclusives – so there’s really no disadvantage to paying them a visit if you can.
1120 N Ashland Avenue
Mon – Sun: 10:00am to 8:00pm