Laurie's Planet of Sound
Chicago has no shortage of excellent record stores (as this list demonstrates). But ask knowledgeable locals for their favorite, and chances are they'll name this Lincoln Square classic. Laurie's is known for a stellar new and used inventory, which has breadth and bulk; when other places run out of titles, you can probably find them here. Laurie's is also fun: they recently gave away Pavement tickets for the best macaroni drawing inspired by the band. "The fact that they sell dead-stock Pee-Wee Herman fun packs makes me love them," says the Chicago Reader's Miles Raymer.