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How to become an art collector

How strong is your museum’s website as part of the whole offer? Does it reflect your identity as an organisation? Does it appeal to your visitors? What does it really need? Are there trends to pay attention to? Others to ignore? What makes the site…

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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…

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Elvis Shrine

All hail the King! It all started with an abandoned bathroom in the rear of the old store on South Blvd. The bathroom beckoned for recognition. It was, after all, in that dreaded bathroom in Memphis where the King had fallen. Perhaps the old bathroom…

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The Legendary Val

By any and all accounts, Val Camiletti was larger than life. When she passed away in 2018, many journalists and friends wrote eloquently of the legacy she left behind. Below are several excerpts from a story by journalist Mary Kroeck that appeared in NewCity Music…

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In The News

With a storied history in a culturally rich community, Val's halla has had its share of media coverage over the years. Explore some of the highlights below. Recent Media Coverage The Buzz on Val’s Halla Records Oak Park Arts District, January…

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The History of the Store

South Boulevard Location: 1972-2006 Val's halla was born July 26, 1972 following the demise of a small record chain that was managed by Val Camilletti from the same location since 1968. One week after the fall of the chain, Val was…

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Mission & Vision

A Mission of Inclusion Val's halla is guided by its mission to provide an intentionally inclusive and inter-generational space in which to cultivate a love for all music. A Vision of Community The team at Val's halla feel fortunate to work in a…

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Annual Events

As part of our mission to serve as a community hub for music lovers, we strive to keep the store lively with special events and live performances throughout the year. Below are just a few annual highlights that we always look forward to. Record…

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Powered By Partners

Since 1972, Val's has relied on the power of community relationships to weather the storms of the music industry and continue to carve out its niche in the vibrant community of Oak Park.  Since the store's re-location in 2006, the Oak Park Arts District has…

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Meet Our Team

Shayne - Store Manager / Music Guru  Shayne is our music guru with all the answers. He worked alongside Val for the last 2 decades and her spirit guides him to this day.  Shayne is in the store pretty much every day…

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Live on Our Stage

Who Performs at Val's? The stage inside Val's halla regularly hosts local music acts of every musical genre, and occasionally welcomes touring artists who are passing through the area. As a community hub for music, we welcome performers of all levels to our…

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Explore the Store

What are you searching for? Every musical genre is represented in every format. New & Used Vinyl, an extensive selection of CD & Cassette from complete operas to rap and from world music to local Chicago artists. If we don't have it in…

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Donate / Sell / Trade

We are always looking to acquire unwanted vinyl LPs, CDs, DVDs, cassettes and more. Rare and used music are the lifeblood of Val’s halla and we are eager to hear from music collectors who are looking to unload and streamline their collections. Donations We are…

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