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Chicago’s Vinyl Record Stores Survive CDs, .mP3s

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Audio Slideshow: Visit three Chicago record stores

By Leah Hendrickson, Jeremy Mikula and Katie Schweiker

In a world of iPods, Zunes, .mp3s, .wavs, .flacs, .aifs, .rms, .snds and other digital audio formats, 33 1/3 revolutions per minute still counts to some. Despite Apple’s announcement that the 10 billionth song was downloaded from iTunes in February, many Chicagoans still listen to vinyl Long Play (LP) records from both new and old artists.

“.mp3s were really cool, and they still are,” said Dave Hofer, a new products buyer at Reckless Records’ Wicker Park location. “You could fit so many of them into a little thing, you know. You don’t have to carry a book of CDs in your car anymore, for example. But there’s just something about vinyl that draws people in.”

Reckless is a music store with three Chicago locations that sells new and used vinyl – LPs, 45s, and 78s – and used DVDs and CDs. In spite of the era of readily available digital media and an economic downturn, they still do a pretty good business, Hofer said.

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Chicago Has Late-Night Food Options Aplenty

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Alan Julamoke, owner of Late Night Thai, stands behind the counter of one of his Belmont-area restaurants. (Photo by Audrey Leon)

Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of stories about what happens in Chicago overnight.

By Audrey Leon

“You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here,” is a familiar phrase heard by many Chicago club patrons around closing time. Late night restaurants are an attractive choice for many when the only goal in mind is to keep the night alive.

Late Night Thai, Roscoe Village

For those whose palates crave something more exotic, Late Night Thai at 1650 W. Belmont Ave. in Roscoe Village serves up noodles, fried rice and curries every Tuesday through Sunday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The restaurant, located near the Pony Inn bar, is sparsely decorated, but well lit. One man takes orders while one man cooks the food in a side kitchen. Late Night Thai is a cash-only establishment, but customers can utilize the restaurant’s in-house ATM.

Owner Alan Julamoke greets customers with a warm smile from behind the counter of his cozy late night establishment. When customers are rude, however, Julamoke said he does not hesitate to return the attitude.

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Late Night at Lincoln Park’s The Grand Central

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Waitress Daryl Misrac balances work at The Grand Central with other jobs and school. (Photo by Jillian Wolande)

Serving the late-night bar crowd can test anyone’s limits. But Daryl Misrac not only waitresses at Lincoln Park bar The Grand Central, she also works at a boutique and studies stenography at the College of Court Reporting.

ChicagoStorytelling’s Jillian Wolande interviewed her about about maintaining a work-life balance around-the-clock.