In a past life I wanted to be a dj. Growing up in and around Chicago, I would often find myself seeking out stores that sold (vinyl) records to play and mix. One of the best places to ever come into my life was Gramaphone Records. It is one of the oldest and best known (and respected) dance music purveyors in the world. With its knowledgable staff — whom are mostly working djs with decades of experience, along with a supportive and open community of fellow bpm fanatics — you can't go wrong stopping in this store to browse, chat, and/or just soak in the history that is Chicago house and the stories that go with it. Learn more about Gramaphone here and pick up an album or EP while you are at it.