Elvis Shrine

Several years ago, an abandoned bathroom in the rear of the store beckoned for recognition. It was, after all, in that dreaded bathroom in Memphis where the King had fallen. Perhaps our old bathroom might pay homage. A gurgling fountain, black velvet tapestry, a pair of Elvis socks, multitudes of articles confirming His reincarnation, rare and precious samples of his artistry abound — providing a comforting respite for the weary...


Support Local Artists

Promoting local recordings has been a mission at Val’s halla since our beginnings almost 40 years ago. Since the days of homegrown 45’s and LP’s, we have welcomed and displayed the work of performers’ self produced artistry. With the advent of personal websites, it has become much easier for bands and individual musicians to expose their art to the general public, but there is nothing as satisfying as walking...


Ever Changing Updates and Tidbits

After ten years, we’ve settled nicely into our “new” home in the Arts District of Oak Park. Our airier location has allowed us to offer some new goodies that didn’t fit in our beloved alley on South Boulevard. BOOKS & MAGAZINES: A wide array of paper collectibles from 60’s Beatles fanzines to opera hardcover books to rare back issues of Mojo, and even some concert programs and other oddities. Come see....


what's a halla?

What’s in a Name? Val halla  (val-hal-a)  n.Norse mythology, the great hall of immortality in which the souls of warriors slain heroically were received by Odin and enshrined. Val’s halla (val’s-hal-a)  n. The modest hall of mortals in which the “soul” of music lovers seeking contentment is welcomed by experts and fulfilled. The bottom line is that I have always loved puns and knew for many years that...


Re-Vinylized (documentary)

Great new film featuring Val’s Halla… “Re-Vinylized” is a 30-minute documentary about independent record stores in Chicago. The film celebrates the culture of independent record stores while examining the effects of downloading and the recent resurgence of vinyl record sales. The documentary profiles a number of Chicago’s independent record stores, and features interviews with store owners, employees and...