Shady Rest Vintage & Vinyl Hooks Chicago Up With The Coolest Finds
If you’re in the market for some good ‘ol vinyls, or audio equipment … or furniture, books, cameras, comics, cassettes, and more — you have to stop by Shady Rest Vintage & Vinyl. A record store with a 5-star Yelp rating? Yes please.
Take a stroll through Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, and you’ll find Shady Rest at 1659 S Throop Street. As the weather warms up, it’s the perfect destination, situated in a community known for its rich Mexican culture, with music, art, and good food galore.
Pop into the shop and feel at home right away, with beloved bins of records, lovingly stocked bookshelves, and other fun finds all around. Despite its full stock and extensive offerings, it’s not overwhelming — Shady Rest is organized and easy to fall in love with. I took a trip and was grinning as I took in the highly curated selection and watched other happy customers come and go and stay longer than standard. Co-owners Peter Kepha and Nuntida Sirisombatwattana definitely did something right with Shady Rest Vintage & Vinyl.
Shady Rest is part of what makes Pilsen’s record scene so strong, with Pinwheel Records and 606 Records as nearby neighbors. The neighborhood has so much — especially in terms of music — to offer, so consider a three-trip tour to hit them all. But Shady Rest is a must-stop due to its other vintage and equipment specialties. It has a solid amount of hi-fi equipment available, like the Yamaha CR-450. Or, if you have your mind on a new camera, ask for the owners’ expertise and maybe even splurge on a vintage Nikon. Snag a comic book and some eclectic vintage decor items while you’re at it. Though visitors might come for the records, they stay for the masterfully crafted collection of items on sale.
Even if you aren’t near the Chicago area, you can check out Shady Rest’s online listings or even snoop on other recently sold items to support this incredible business.
You don’t want to miss out on a Shady Rest event for music you know will be killer, even if you aren’t in the mood to do any shopping. On Saturday, the store hosted musicians DJ Uncle EL, Backpack Beatz, latenightloki, Eighty Seventh, and B4LASERS. And if you are ready to shop ’til you drop, half of Shady Rest’s team will be at the Vinyl & Vittles Record Fair & Food Market Collective on various Sundays throughout the season, like June 11 or July 9. Good records AND good food? Count me in.
The shop shows off its new arrivals on Instagram (and sometimes hosts giveaways for events like Riot Fest!) so don’t miss out on what Shady Rest has in store. While you’re at it, check out its website and Facebook, too.