Wild Chicago - Punks, Junk & More

Here is Part One of an episode of Wild Chicago on WTTW Channel 11. Featuring Ben Hollis as host. Includes Val’s Halla in Oak Park, IL – featuring their Elvis Shrine. UNCODE.initRow(document.getElementById("script-698480"));


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...


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...


Val's halla Records 40 Years in Oak Park

Watch a wonderful conversation with Val! Great video of the Elvis Shrine too. UNCODE.initRow(document.getElementById("script-326701"));


About Val's halla Records

Val’s halla was born July 26, 1972 following the demise of a small record chain I had managed from the same location since 1968. One week after the fall of the chain, I was able to lease the empty location that had been my home for almost five years and — with the all-volunteer efforts of former employees — literally brought a myth to life. After almost four decades in our original home on South blvd, the spectre of...