6055 West 63rd, (773) 586-1206
Located several blocks west of Midway airport, Record Dugout sells itself as a kind of collector’s shop, which means that the focus of the store is divided between comic books, records and sports cards. Standing in this store, you can’t help but think of the apocryphal tales of fathers everywhere—how their teenage treasure troves were either thrown away by their mothers or destroyed by water damage in the basements of their childhood homes. The store makes you think that if your dad’s legendary stash ever actually materialized, this is what it would look and smell like. There is a respectable collection of rock, “pre-Beatles rock,” easy listening and jazz vinyls, not to mention an assortment of 8-tracks. If you’re looking to buy “Spectacular Spider-Man #43,” a Gale Sayers football card and a Kingston Trio album in one stop, then this is your best bet.
Updated June 2014