Congress Street is NOW OPEN! The east/west corridor of Congress accessed from both Broadway Blvd and 4th Ave is now open to vehicular traffic. 6th Ave continues to be a two way street both north and south of Congress, making for easy access to The Chicago Music Store.


    Get 2 free music lessons with the purchase of a musical instrument! Chicago Music Store has a full staff of experienced teachers and tutors for nearly any instrument under the sun. Learn more here!

  • Second Saturday winner!


    Hooray for Nancy Scott, the winner of our last Second Saturday drawing! She chose the guitar! Thanks Nancy!

    Wedding bells!


    Congratulations to Elia and Gabriel Flores, who came straight to Chicago Store, seemingly minutes after becoming man and wife! A beautiful couple!

    ’79 Strat out the door!


    Adrian Granados is a happy man with his new vintage ’79 silver Stratocaster from Chicago Music Store! Thanks Adrian!

    Dez Cadena visits Chicago Store!


    The great Dez Cadena, of, oh, I don’t know, THE MISFITS and BLACK FLAG dropped by the store and caused Victor’s mind to explode. Thanks Dez!

    Best of Tucson … AGAIN!


    Chicago Music Store was voted “Best of Tucson” by the readers of the Tucson Weekly again! That makes every single year since 2005.

    Jullieta Venegas’ band visits Chicago Store


    Juliata Venegas played the Rialto Theatre last Thursday, and her band dropped by the famous Chicago Music Store!

    Willie Nelson Signed Guitar!

    Willie Nelson Signed Guitar

    Come to our downtown location and marvel at our freshly-autographed Antonio Hermosa AH-12 nylon-stringed guitar, freshly signed by the Red Headed Stranger himself! This is one of our favorite guitars, …

    One of Chicago Store’s Own Opens the Show for Leon Russell!

    Our very own Chris Black (left), who runs the sheet music department, opened the show for the great Leon Russell last Monday night at the Rialto! Mr. Russell dropped by …

    Chicago Store’s On-Air History Lesson, Rio Nuevo, the Third Floor, and More …

    Our good friends at 94.9 FM in Tucson recently gave us all a history lesson, and revealed that our downtown store’s top two floors are open to the public!

    The Winner of the 2nd Saturday Raffle Is …

    Congratulations to Mario Esparza! He chose the Ibanez PF-15! Rock on, Mario.

    The CHICAGO STORE Name is Back on the Wall!

    The east wall in progress!

    Our name has been lovingly restored to the walls of our new updated facade!

    The Queen of Congress Street, Restored!


    The Chicago Music Store is 99.99% complete in its facade restoration project! We couldn’t be happier. There’s a great story at about the facade restoration project at our downtown location, …

    Chicago Store Wins 1st place from 2nd Saturdays for Best Decorations!

    Chicago Music Store is the proud winner of the Second Saturday Christmas decoration contest!

    Our Locations:

    Historic Downtown
    130 E. Congress St.
    520-622-3341 | map | email
    Mon - Sat 9am to 6pm
    5646 E Speedway Blvd.
    520-886-1516 | map | email
    Mon - Thur 10am to 7:30pm
    Fri - Sat 10am to 6pm
    Sun noon to 5pm

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    Our Story

    Family owned and operated, the Chicago Music Store is a Tucson institution.

    Started up in 1919, the downtown music shop has had a rich history that includes a spot in one of Martin Scorsese'’s early films (Alice Doesn'’t Live Here Anymore). When it comes to music, Chicago Music Store is the only stop you’ll need to make.

    The warehouse-sized store buys, sells, rents, trades and repairs all types of musical instruments, everything from "kazoos to pianos."

    Our prices range from 25 cents for a guitar pick to $250,000 for a complete sound and lighting system, and are always the best deal in town.

    The clientele of the Chicago Music Store speak to its credentials. Among the list of heavy hitters that rely on the store are local indie-desert legends Giant Sand, local Wavelab Studios and most of the local casinos.