There may be some Chicagoans out there who don’t know about this place. The Exchange is a franchise that buys, sells and trades old music, games and movies. It specializes in both new and used items. While it’s not entirely a record store, it does have quite a music selection. Here you can not only buy your favorite CDs, you can also find records and cassettes. You may even find that one music DVD you have been searching for.
There are currently two locations in Chicago. The newest one opened at 935 W. Belmont about six months ago, while the other location is in Wicker Park at 1524 N. Milwaukee Ave. Both stores have a pretty good selection and the employees at both are quite friendly and helpful. They make great recommendations and can usually tell you if a record you’re thinking of picking up is worth it. And they are never hesitant at starting a conversation with customers about good music, movies or games.
The only down side is the prices. A lot of the CDs are more expensive here than they are at Reckless Records. For example, a used CD here can cost anywhere between seven to twelve dollars. At Reckless, the range is between three to ten dollars, maybe even two bucks if you can find it in their bargain bin. The music DVDs are about average price and the same goes for the records and cassettes.
Even though their prices may be higher than other record stores, they do have a good selection of bargain priced items. They also have a cheap bin, with the average cost being 2.50 for a CD. Sometimes you can even find good records for as cheap as one buck and in decent condition. And unlike Reckless Record’s bargain bin, if you buy a CD from the cheap bin here and it doesn’t work, The Exchange will take it back and even give you another copy if they can. But for the most part their bargain items are in pretty good condition.
Either way, this is definitely a place to check out not only music, but movies and games as well. Both locations are open Monday- Saturday and their hours are 10AM-10PM. If you’re looking for a particular record or album call them up. They are willing to answer any questions you may have. The number for the Belmont location is (773) 883-8908 and the number for the Wicker Park location is (773) 252-9570. Happy Shopping!