Indie record stores around the country are participating in this event and are releasing limited edition vinyl records by all kinds of people. More info on their site www.recordstoreday.com. The Chicago Reader has all the local Chicago info here as well as a list of all the special in-house performances going on at each record store.
There's also this great record fair going on today, CHIRP, which is also a fundraiser for the Chicago Independent Radio Project. Here's the info from their site...
7th Annual CHIRP RECORD FAIR & OTHER DELIGHTS
April 18-19, 2009
Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-5pm
(Saturday Pre-Admission 8am-10am)
NEW VENUE!! Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union,
1340 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607 Chicago, Illinois
Regular Admission: $7/$5 with any CHIRP RF ad/receipt from any record store dated 4/18/09 ($25 pre-admission Sat. 8am-10am)
CHIRP is a non-profit organization formed to bring a new community radio station to Chicago. This station would be independently owned and operated by the group, and would provide a voice for independent music and views. In order to be able to apply for a new station, CHIRP is working to encourage the FCC to make a rule change, and Congress to pass the Local Community Radio Act, which would open up new frequencies for low power FM radio licenses in urban areas. Right now, such signals are restricted to rural and exurban areas.
And, today's the last day for the Joseph Yoakum show at Intuit.
He was an African-American artist who worked with several traveling circuses in the middle of the 20th century. He later made artwork based on places he said he'd been to. His drawings are really fun to see and he influenced many Chicago artists in the late 60's/early 70's.
Admission to Intuit is free and they're open 11 to 5pm today, Saturday.
756 N. Milwaukee Ave (near the Chicago Blue Line CTA station)