Almost as famous for its clutter as its content, Chicago Music Store is one of a handful of businesses to survive in downtown long enough (60-plus years) to achieve landmark status (with stores also on the eastside and in Nogales). Whether you want to buy, sell, trade, rent or repair instruments, amplifiers or PA systems, Chicago Music has you covered. It is also, famously, where to go for arcane gear, obscure instruments, vintage amplifiers and a whole lot of dust. Legendary around the country, Chicago Music is a pilgrimage spot for decades of touring musicians.
2. Rainbow Guitars, 2550 N. Campbell Ave., 325-3376, rainbowguitars.com
3. Folk Shop, 2525 N. Campbell Ave., 881-7147, thefolkshop.com