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Aaron Cohen

Start your Sunday off with a little bit of history of soul music in Chicago with Aaron Cohen, local author of “Move On Up: Chicago Soul Music and Black Cultural Power”!

The conversation will take place from 10-11 AM at Rattleback Records, 5405 N Clark St Chicago, IL. There are two ticket options, free general admission gains you entry to the event and the book pre-order option also comes with a copy of Aaron’s book.

Neptune's Core In-Store Performance

Neptune’s Core will be performing at Rattleback Records on August 25th from 7-8pm promoting their new record, “Called Upon”! We will also be having a special giveaway for tickets to their Metro show the following night.

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We buy and sell all media.

If you’re looking to unload your old treasures, let us help you find good homes for them.

We will pay you cash for your used records, CDs, cassette tapes, and DVDs. Contact us to set up an appointment!

Rattleback Records is a unique music store offering a myriad selection of new and used vinyl, CDs, cassettes, movies and more.

You’ll also find everything you need to accessorize your music lounge, including vintage barware, books, posters and art prints. Our stock is continually changing, so be sure to shop our store early and often so as not to miss out on that hidden gem you’ve been searching for; or the one you didn’t even know you needed until you saw it!

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5405 N Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois

Neptune’s Core – In-Store Performance

Neptune's Core will be performing at Rattleback Records on August 25th from 7-8pm promoting their new record, "Called Upon"! We will also be having a special giveaway for tickets to their Metro show the following night.

Kate Fagan In-Store Performance

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kate-fagan-in-store-performance-tickets-642405380787 Join us for an unforgettable in-store performance by the talented Kate Fagan on Wednesday, June 28th at 7:00 PM! Kate, co-founder of the legendary Chicago Ska band The Heavy Manners,...

Tim Hort In-Store Performance

Join us on June 4th from 5-6pm for an in-store performance from local Chicago musician, Tim Hort! Don't miss an electrifying performance full of rock n' roll from a multi-talented musician, songwriter, producer, and more.

Author Talk & Book Signing with Chicago Music Historian Mark Guarino

Purchase Tickets Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/author-talk-book-signing-with-chicago-music-historian-mark-guarino-tickets-627284774647?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb...

Metallica – “72 Seasons” Listening Party

Join us Friday, April 14th while we spin the album at 11am. We will also have a raffle throughout the day for Metallica gear! In addition to the raffle, we'll be giving away free custom guitar picks with purchase of the album (while supplies last). Don't miss it!

Record Store Day 2023

Join us on April 22, 2023 for Record Store Day 2023! "Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently-owned...

Nikki O’Neal In-Store Performance

This Saturday Feb 11 at 1:00-2:00 PM, Rattleback Records in Andersonville is hosting a live concert with soul/americana artist Nikki O’Neill and her 5-piece band. Nikki is a singer-songwriter and guitar player based in Chicago and signed to Blackbird Record Label...

Author Talk & Book Signing with Rolling Stones historian Bill German

Purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/author-talk-book-signing-with-rolling-stones-historian-bill-german-tickets-405268437807 Join us at 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 8 at Rattleback Records in Chicago where Rolling Stones historian Bill German will...

Live & Listen: Al Rose & Rattleback Records Celebrate “Again The Beginner”

Live & Listen. Meet & Greet. Wine & Tequila. Cookies. Songwriter Al Rose and guitarist Steve Doyle will play a short live set featuring songs from the upcoming release, "Again The Beginner" followed by a listening party with refreshments from...

Third Sundays

As part of our ongoing series to promote local, independent musicians, join us for Third Sundays!

Rattleback Records Gift Pack!

You Know Someone Who Loves Records! We Sell Records! It’s a Match Made In Heaven!

In addition to the different choices, each Gift Pack will include a Rattleback Records refrigerator magnet, a Rattleback Records sticker, a mystery vinyl record, and a 10% Off Rattleback Records coupon. Plus, we’ll bag everything up for you and put a bow on it! What are you waiting for?

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Shop Online, Pre-order, Curate

We’ve streamlined our online shopping process! You can now: 

Shop Store Stock: Buy directly from our store stock. We’ll scour the bins to find exactly what you’re looking for, new or used!

Pre-Order: Secure that upcoming release you’ve been so excited for!

Curate: Wanna get into Jazz but don’t know where to start? Looking for “something in the vein of Slayer”? We’re happy to use our vast endless plethora of knowledge to curate a playlist of recommendations for you!

Use our Google form to submit your requests and we’ll email you an invoice to pay online. Orders can be picked up in-store or shipped directly to you. If you have submitted a request and have not hear back, please call the store directly for assistance.

*Free shipping for orders over $50. 

Since moving to Edgewater, this has been my go to record store. They’ll do special orders and have awesome selection too. Even on record store day (black Friday) they were super organized.

Not to mention the staff is very personable and approachable. Worth checking out and visiting in Andersonville.

— Roderick H. 

Great selection. Went in yesterday with my brother and we both found an album we’d been looking for and hadn’t been able to find anywhere else! Helpful staff, too!

— Emily H. 

This is hands down the best record store in the city of Chicago. The owner (Paul) and the staff are incredibly friendly and great to their customers. They always have all of the best new releases at great prices, and will even order ones in for you if they don’t have them in stock. This store is a 10 out of 10!

—Andrew F. 

Rattleback Records is THE record store to hit when you are in Chicago. They have a great, knowledgeable, cute as a button staff, a wide and vast inventory, and cassettes, damnit! Seriously, it’s vinyl lovers heaven. Go, Go, Go!!!!

— Mark S. 

One of my favorite record stores I have ever been to. I try to go to as many as I can and this one is my favorite in Chicago. Such a wide variety of records. Even have some vinyls that I did not know existed. You will get lost in here. Staff is awesome too. Highly recommend this one if you are a vinyl collecting addict!


My favorite record store in Chicago. They have the best prices and their $1 record bin has the best finds!! The staff is very friendly too!!

— Manny G. 

THEE best record store in all of Chicago imo. They’ve got it goin on here… Prices are GOOD all around. They play test a lot of the used releases that come into the store, which is very cool & fun to shop amidst. Very well organized, & the height of the shelves to flip through albums are perfect. Wide wide WIDE selection. They also have a budget section for pretty much every genre, which is fun. Staff is very kind as well. Well worth checking out!! 🙂 I really love this shop

— Daniel R. 

Really nice shop with a nice staff. Good selection of used classic rock and a lot of new records as well. Good prices. Definitely will add this shop to my rotation. Would recommend stopping by.

— Paul C.