Music has historically been an effective mode of expressing public dissent, shared human experience, and serious concerns about who let the dogs out. Investigate this mutt-centric mystery with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of CDs, vinyl, tapes, and more at Val's halla Records in Oak Park.
The gleefully chaotic digs at Val's halla swell with a music lover's dreamland of used and new recordings, all presided over by the watchful eyes of owner Val. A Herculean selection of used tapes and LPs serve as brilliant fodder for analog-revivalists searching for lost classics or exhilarating sonic discoveries ($2.50–$5.50). Val slings only excellent-condition vinyl and showcases an endless array of genres that include rap, folk, opera, local artists, and rare Oompa Loompa hymns, all available on a variety of formats and arrayed beautifully beneath hand-lettered signs. Dive into a musical expedition as expansive as David Bowie's wig collection with the shop's bargain-bin items (LPs starting at $0.79, CDs starting at $0.99), used LPs (starting at $2.50) and CDs (starting at $4), and printed materials, including books about opera and hard-to-find back issues of Mojo.
Val's halla Records
In 1962, Val Camilletti began working at Capitol Records, which was ushering in a new era of music, led by The Beatles and The Beach Boys. Ten years later, she opened her own retail record shop, which has spent 40 years distributing eclectic sounds to listeners who, Val says, "are tired of shopping for music in refrigerator stores."
At Val's, you'll find vinyl records lined up in tidy rows and rock posters on the walls. Its expansive, rotating stock features several musical genres and spotlights burgeoning local artists. Knowledgeable staff can also help customers hunt down rare issues, imports, or B-sides. If a record is not in the store inventory, Val's can order it within 24 to 48 hours, depending on how fast they can wake up Keith Richards.
239 W Harrison St.
Oak Park, Illinois 60304Get Directions