November 22, 2015About Val's hallaGoodness,Only At Val's,Other Stuff,Our Music,Local Artists,Listen
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....
November 22, 2015Community,About Val's hallaGoodness,Only At Val's,Live Music,Friends
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...
November 22, 2015Community,About Val's hallaOnly At Val's,Friends,About Val's
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...
March 2, 2015Community,About Val's hallaWe Have Fun,Only At Val's,Friends,Our Music,Press
Watch a wonderful conversation with Val! Great video of the Elvis Shrine too.
February 6, 2015Events,CommunityGoodness,Only At Val's,Live Music,Friends,Our Music,Local Artists,Listen
Black Friday – November 27, 2015
Storewide sale — opening early at 9:00 a.m.
Vast selection of Black Friday ONLY titles
LIVE music – hosted by Ellis Clark 11:00 a.m. til ——-?
January 30, 2015Community,About Val's hallaOnly At Val's,Must Listen,Other Stuff,Our Music
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...
January 5, 2015Events,CommunityWe Have Fun,Live Music,Local Artists,Listen
December 11 – 7:30 pm — showcase evening with BASEMENT BLUEGRASS:
The Band is:
Connor Ostrow- Fiddle
Arden Rae- Fiddle & Mandolin & Guitar
Joe Merkle- Guitar
Jordan Savusa- Banjo
Will Wright- Bass
The Band formed in June to lead a jam session at the end of the youth division’s qualification round of the Midwest Fiddle Championship at the Old Town School. We try to play mostly traditional bluegrass and old...