“All-Vinyl” at Hyde Park Records

By Yasmine Laasraoui

Photos by Yasmine Laasraoui

One of the last record stores on the South Side, Hyde Park Records, 1377 E 53rd St., is hosting a three-part music event series.

This past Saturday, June 29, the shop kicked-off its “All-Vinyl In Store Series,” presenting a live DJ set without that “digital stuff,” as explained by the store’s manager, Ethan Currie.

Walking into the store I was greeted with a gleaming disco ball and a combination of contemporary indie music and some rock and soul oldies. The walls were covered with various posters and album artwork, ranging from The Who, to Marvin Gaye and Kanye West.

The event promised a 10% discount on all vinyl, which seemed to have attracted many people who dug through stacks of records. A friendly sales associate conveniently asked whether I wanted a crate to sit on while I sifted through their large 99 cent collection.

The variety of records, CDs and DVDs was surprising. I found plenty of used soul records, new LP releases, and albums from my tween years (R. Kelly, Destiny’s Child, N’Sync, etc.).

Hyde Park Records is without a doubt eclectic in terms of music, décor and
customers. Without the pretentiousness that many other Chicago record stores hold, Hyde Park Records’ groovy old-school feel was cool and comfortable.