Reprinted from the Tucson Weekly, November 17th, 2005:

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. As manager Mark Levkowitz told me, “all instruments” means everything from “kazoos to pianos.”

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.

However, if you think that means the Chicago Music Store is out of your price range, think again. As Levkowitz told me, their prices range from “25 cents for a guitar pick to $250,000 for a complete sound and lighting system.”