Welcome to Miyagi Records!
We are a Chicago-based record dealer specializing in obscure and classic - Soul, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Rock, Blues, World Music, New Wave / Industrial, Hip-Hop, Disco, House LP, 12inch single, & 45rpm formats.
The shop’s name says all about who we are. In the Japanese language, “Miyagi” means shrine fortress. It’s about protecting something almost intangible and very precious. Influenced by the hyper-curated, hidden away vinyl shops of Tokyo, Japan, our goal is to become your 'secret spot.' The crane that you can see on our logo is a symbol for longevity and prosperity in Japanese culture. Miyagi Records embodies all these concepts.
We founded Miyagi Records in late 2019 as a humble side project with the intent to one day grow it into a shop. During the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic, as working musicians, our professional world shut down, and we saw that as an unlikely opportunity to fulfill Miyagi Records’ potential. It became a way for us to stay connected with music lovers and to continue sharing our love for arts and culture, and in the process, creating our own path to prosperity. That is Miyagi Records’ origin story.
We acknowledge that most of the music we love and sell was created by musicians of color, and this informs our business ethics. As a BIPOC-owned store, we want to serve the diverse Southside community by showcasing the vibrant musical legacy of Chicago’s Southside and by offering all our patrons high quality customer service and fair prices.
We are a proud member of Rebuild Foundation’s Creative Entrepreneurship program: because our values align so well, collaborating with Theaster Gates and his organization is key to implementing our vision. As we join the Arts Block, whose footprint once included boxer Joe Louis’ famed Rhumboogie Café, we aim to honor the area’s rich cultural history.
LOCATION / HOURS / DIRECTIONS
307 E. GARFIELD BLVD
CHICAGO, IL 60637
Thursday through Sunday 12pm-7pm
from 90/94 - heading NORTH or SOUTH
- Take the Garfield Blvd Exit and head East onto Garfield Blvd. We are a block before you reach Washington Park, on the south side of the Boulevard.
from LSD - heading NORTH or SOUTH
- Take the 57th Street Exit and head West onto 57th Drive. Take the 2nd Right turn onto Hyde Park Blvd. Make the 2nd Left turn onto 55th Street. Follow 55th Street West through Hyde Park, into Washington Park (Payne/Rainey/Morgan Dr). After exiting the Park, 55th becomes Garfield Blvd. Make a U-turn at Prairie Ave and then find parking because you've arrived :)
Confused or lost? Call or text us anytime!
PUBLIC TRANSIT / PARKING:
CTA Train - The Green line's Garfield station is directly across the street from the shop.
CTA Bus - The #55 Garfield Green line stop is just a couple doors away from the shop.
U of C Shuttle - Red Line/Arts Block Route. Mon-Fri, 6:30am-9pm, every 10 min.
Parking - You can find parking spots (unmetered) along Garfield Blvd. As well, you can find non-permit spots in the neighborhood streets on either sides of the Boulevard.