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Record Store Owner Delivering Vinyl To Chicago Music Fans Stuck At Home

"We here at Tone Deaf want to help keep the records spinning freely as you kill time waiting for this to be over," owner Tony Assimos said.

Tony Assimos of Tone Deaf Records, 4356 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Portage Park this summer.
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PORTAGE PARK — The owner of Tone Deaf Records will be driving around Chicago delivering records to his customers for free during the city’s coronavirus outbreak. 

Gov. JB Pritzker’s has banned all dine-in services at the state’s bars, restaurants and coffee shops through at least March 30.

The ban doesn’t require record stores to stop letting people in. However, Tone Deaf’s owner Tony Assimos plans to close his physical store at 4356 N. Milwaukee Ave. starting Wednesday to help with social distancing efforts to curb the spread of the virus.

“But people are going to be bored for the next few weeks. I always wanted Tone Deaf to be a community space, and getting music to the people is something I can do to help lift people up during all this,” Assimos said.

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Tone Deaf Records, 4356 N. Milwaukee Ave., opens its doors June 15, 2019.

A friend shopping at Tone Deaf Monday gave Assimos the idea to do free personal deliveries for customers during the dine-in ban. 

“My store is right on the border of the city and suburbs. If you order records and live in like Skokie and Park Ridge or as far south as the Loop, really anything within reason from the shop, I’ll get in my truck and drop them off for free myself,” Assimos said. “Just give me a call to see what we have in stock and once you’re done buying it from me I’ll get in my truck and go leave it on your porch the same day you order.”

Tone Deaf customers who live outside the area Assimos is willing to drive can still order records online at tonedeafrecs.com

“I’m not set in stone about where I will and won’t drive to yet. I probably won’t drive to someplace like Mundelein though,” he said. “But our website also has the ability to have records be shipped through the mail. If someone further away orders I’ll throw it in the mail and ship it to them for free as well.”

Customers can call 773-372-6643 or visit the store’s website to see what Assimos has in stock. 

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Some of the records for sale at Tone Deaf Records.

“I’m still getting new release from my distributors. So like in a few weeks Pearl Jam’s new record is coming out,” Assimos said. “I’ll still be getting that and shipping it out to people who order it. I’ll put it right on customers’ doorsteps myself once it’s in.”

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