The carefully selected stock is of independent flair and unpretentious quality. What the CD and LP sections lack in size, Hard Boiled Records & Video makes up for in substance. Grab the latest release from a big-name outfit like The Strokes along with your favorite offering from lesser-known acts like Denali, or dig into the rows of vinyl for that Bonnie 'Prince' Billy album your bad needle scratched to hell awhile back.
The selection of obscure videos is truly impressive and includes a healthy dose of Hong Kong action titles. If the printed word is your thing, pick up the latest copy of The Baffler, or one of many graphic novels from such esteemed writers as Daniel Clowes and Chris Ware. Also featured are books on Chicago's beloved Cubs, fiction, as well as a Film Encyclopedia.
Centerstage Reviewer: Ryan Learmouth