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Best Music Shops In Chicago

Musicians can be very picky about where they get their gear. It makes sense, since they want to get a good piece of equipment for a decent price. Living in Chicago provides musicians of all types a wide variety of music shops. From guitarists to drummers, vintage to new, there is certainly something for everyone. Here is roundup of some of the best music stores you can find in Chicago.
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Vic's Drum Shop
345 N. Loomis St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 770-1200

The only dedicated drum and percussion shop in Chicago, Vic's Drum Shop has almost everything a drummer could love. According to one customer, Vic's philosophy is that you need to have one of everything so you can try it before you buy. Their mission is to not only sell equipment, but build support and promote the drum community within Chicago. How do they get this done? By providing workshops and a wide assortment of offerings.

Rock 'N Roll Vintage
4740 N. Lincoln Ave. #2n
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 878-8616

If you are looking for high-end equipment without the high-end attitude, look no further than Rock 'n Roll Vintage. This music store is perfect for those that appreciate vintage guitars, which include Fender, Gibson, Martin and other popular guitars and basses. Not only do they sell used items, but new guitars from Lakland, Lag and Travis Bean Designs. They also ship to anywhere in the world and offer repair services.

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Chicago Music Exchange
3316 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(888) 686-7872

The Chicago Music Exchange has been serving the area for over 25 years. Musicians, collectors and anyone who wants expert, first-hand knowledge appreciates the passion that the staff shows. Everyone on the team is a musician and technician, so you know your equipment will be in good hands if you take it in.

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Make 'n Music
780 Frontage Road
Northfield, IL 60093
(312) 455-1970

For over forty years, Make 'n Music has been serving its customers. It offers a hand-picked selection of premium boutique and custom equipment. The showroom in Chicago offers visitors a chance to experience their gear in a soundproof, private room. Sure it may cost a bit more than most, but sometimes the price is worth it for the equipment you get.

Flatts and Sharp Music
6749 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 465-5233

A self-proclaimed small town music store that found itself in the big city, Flatts and Sharp Music provides a good selection of instruments and sheet music, and offers small town charm matched with affordable prices. They specialize in music lessons, both for kids and adults, with a private atmosphere that will nurture the muse of any aspiring artist.

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Jacob Guerra is a freelance writer covering all things TV & Online Learning. His work can be found on
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