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Over the past 25 years, not only have we had the pleasure of seeing some noteworthy vintage guitars pass through our doors, but also the noteworthy musicians who play them. Musicians from the likes of Carlos Santana to Brad Paisley to Adele have marveled at our Les Paul wall. It may sound unbelievable, but even Batman and Robin have enjoyed the selection of gear that CME promises. Whether your band is filled with area-filling legends or eager up-and-comers, we love to support the musicians that support us in-store.
Of Monsters and Men stopped in to the store today, and we all had a grand ol' time checking our gear! Thanks for dropping by!
Good hangs with Beach Fossils this week. Summer has officially started in Chicago!
Mike had a very nice friend with him as well. Went by the name of Tom Petty.
The look on Teddy's face clearly depicts what we all felt when Mike Campbell walked through our doors last night. Pure joy!
Ty Segall and The Muggers stopped by yesterday before their show at Thalia Hall.
Thank you to Taylor Hawkins and crew of Chevy Metal for stopping by today!
We were so excited and humbled to have Stevie Young of AC/DC in the store yesterday. He fell in love with a beautiful vintage acoustic and decided he had to take it on the road with him.
Well look who stopped into the Chicago Drum Exchange! Happy to have Jason Gerken visit the shop before his set with HUM on Sunday at Riot Fest.
Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! dropped off this killer Rickenbacker 330 for a complete overhaul! Customizations included brand new frets, pickups, and a full rewire of the electronics with some fresh hardware to boot. Glad we could have it done just in time for Riot Fest!
Where the Chicago Cubs fans at? Cubs pitcher Jon Lester "popped" into the store today in hopes of finding a real "home run".
Dave from Neurosis visited our resident bass expert, Marc, in the BASSment at Chicago Music Exchange.
Bassist for Sam Smith, Brendan Grieve, visited Marc in the BASSment before performing the headlining spot at Lollapalooza Saturday. Read more »
Philip Selway (Radiohead) & Otto Hauser visited Chicago Drum Exchange to stock up on Istanbul cymbals prior to Lollapalooza. Read more »
In advance of Lollapalooza, James spent time in our practice rooms and handpicking several guitars. Read more »
Following drummer Charlie Hall's visit, Adam stopped in to peruse the showroom floor and take a peek inside the CME vault.
Charlie Hall (drummer from The War on Drugs) came to Chicago a few days prior to their Friday Lollapalooza performance. He picked a great drum shop to spend some down time in!
There's never a dull moment around here! Courtney Barnett and her band stopped by on the way to their set at Pitchfork Music Festival.
Happy to have Torche swing through the shop before their show tonight at the Empty Bottle with Melt-Banana.
This is what childlike wonder looks like. The immortal Geddy Lee of Rush visited Chicago Music Exchange in June.
It's always a pleasure to have the fine gentlemen from Dawes visit! Dawes opened for Hozier at the Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion on June 10th.
On June 8th, we had the pleasure of welcoming bass legend Billy Sheehan to CME. He has won "Best Rock Bass Player" not once, but five times for his lead bass playing style. Needless to say, everyone was pretty pumped to have him in. Read more »
On May 28th, we had the pleasure of hosting Bryan Beller for an evening of all things "bass." The crowd eagerly piled in, many arriving more than an hour before the scheduled start time. Read more »
We had the pleasure of hanging out with Steve Miller in the Repair Shop. He visited the store to pick up an Eastman hollowbody and ended up getting a new pickup installed on the spot. Thanks for visiting, friend!
Juan Alderete of Mars Volta, Racer X, and pedalsandeffects.com came by the store last week for a great clinic and to film some demos!
Four Year Strong and The Story So Far strolled into the shop today while passing through Chicago on their US tour. Read more »
Daniel Romano of City and Colour stopped by the Bassment last week!
The 1964 Fender Jaguar found a great home with The Temperance Movement guitarist Paul Sayer. Enjoy!
Country music star, Brian Grilli, here at Chicago Music Exchange checking out guitars and Greedtone pedals with the help of Drew K.
Very special visit from the one and only Carlos Santana today! Picked himself up a Masterbuilt Fender Stratocaster.
We were very excited to be visited by the lovely Sophia Avocado while she was in town.
Russian Circles drummer, Dave Turncrantz, stopped by the Chicago Drum Exchange this week to shop gear.
Conan O'Brien has a CME t-shirt, do you?
The guys from Say Anything stopped by and picked up this 1978 Fender Starcaster Antigua.
Aaron Beam of heavy metal band Red Fang hung out in the Bassment with CME Bass Guitar Guru.
The guys from Bleachers stopped by before their show at The Vic.
Jeff Garlin represented CME in the Chicago Sun Times.
Batman & Robin joined forces to bring miracles and mischief back to CME. Things got a little weird. Watch the Video »
Very pleased to have Jonathan Rado from Foxygen come hang out with us for a bit today.
"Ryan Adams and Butch Walker were just here! Keep an eye out for the beautiful Souldier guitar straps Adams picked up."
Eliz Mourad and Arno Vincendeau of the French rock band Teleferik spent some time exploring our acoustic guitar room.
Wally of Gotye visited the Chicago Drum Exchange today to check out our vintage drum selection.
Post-hardcore outfit Sleeping with Sirens visited us before the Parks & Devastation Tour hit UIC.
Happy to have ¡Vamos! visit the showroom after they recovered from their Friday Riot Fest set.
Whoa! Happy to have Social Distortion stop by the day after an awesome Riot Fest performance.
Zac Brown did some shopping this past Saturday before his Wrigley Field concert.
Brent Hinds of Mastodon stopped by today before the outfit took the stage at Riot Fest. Joel was pretty stoked about it.
We had the pleasure of being visited by The War on Drugs! Thanks to the guys for making it out to CME! Read more »
We were visited by Matt Pike of both metal outfits Sleep and High on Fire. Sleep passed through Chicago Music Exchange prior to their Thalia Hall performance. Read more »
The day was looking pretty glum until the one-and-only Eliot Lewis stepped into the Chicago Music Exchange. Read more »
Blues guitarist Ronnie Earl (far right) stopped by today with some friends to shop Strats and Souldier straps.
Country music star, Lee Brice, was in the shop checking out our acoustic guitar selection.
Bass legend Ethan Farmer to visited us on a Tuesday afternoon and was impressed with the store's eclectic collection. Read more »
While in town for Lolla, Graham Hopkins - the drummer from The Frames - stopped by the Chicago Drum Exchange.
Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs stopped by Lollapalooza weekend and picked up a gorgeous '68 Gibson Dove acoustic.
Ben Barter, Lorde drummer, shopped at the Chicago Drum Exchange today and found his dream vintage Ludwig kit!
Drummer Matt Chamberlain stopped by the Chicago Drum Exchange this weekend while in town with the 2014 Soundgarden tour.
Scottish indie pop outfit, Camera Obscura, popped into CME before their show at Pilsen's Thalia Hall. Read more »
A few members of the Jolie Holland band stopped by to shop gear before their show at Lincoln Hall.
Will Champlin performed live in-store before the 2014 Voice Tour.
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We were excited to welcome members of Fall Out Boy and Paramore to CME.
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Argentine rock band, Babasonicos, stopped by the store before their performance the next day at Conchord Music Hall!
Nels Cline & Julian Lage hung out in the Chicago Music Exchange showroom.
OneRepublic, currently en route to Michigan, swung through the CME showroom this afternoon. Read more »
We were pleased to be visited by prolific pop rockers, of Montreal, in advance of their show at Lincoln Hall.
Members of Cage The Elephant and Foals stopped by the store just hours before their show at the Aragon Ballroom.
Bassist Branden Campbell of Neon Trees hanging out in The Bassment before a show at The Riviera Theater.
Legendary bassist Bill Dickens demos his 7-string bass, talked technique and laid down some speed funk. Read more »
Son of the late-great Frank Zappa gives 90-minute Masterclass in The Bassment at Chicago Music Exchange. Read more »
Indie-rocker David Bazan tested out our acoustic guitar room.
Fans of the rockabilly band lined up for a live in-store performance and to meet “The Rev”. Read more »
Imagine Dragons stops by during Lollapalooza to shop bass guitars before heading to a Cubs game just... Read more »
Wesley Schultz test drives acoustic guitars with CME owner, David Kalt during The Lumineers’ Lollapalooza visit. Read more »
Marcus Mumford and Ted Dwane chat about their recent transition to a more electric sound while shopping Fenders. Read more »
LA-based drummer, producer, and singer-songwriter John Wicks stops by to check out vintage drums and discuss... Read more »
After rocking Bonnaroo, Rob Blair and Scott Thurston stop by to try out the Hendrix Rosewood Stratocaster. Read more »
Renowned funk drummer, Zoro, checks out the Chicago Drum Exchange while in town for a clinic. Read more »
The Icelandic indie/folk rock band stop by CME before their gig at the legendary Aragon Ballroom. Read more »
Chris Slorach – bassist for the Toronta sub-pop band Metz – stops by CME after a scorching set at Lincoln Hall. Read more »
Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman came in before playing the Riv and checked out some Fender Telecasters. Read more »
Swedish blues rockers Clas Yngström and the Sky High Blues Band pick up some Gibson goodies. Read more »
Russian Circles guitarist Mike Sullivan stopped by Chicago Music Exchange picked up a new black on black Fano. Read more »
Jimmie Vaughan was on tour with his current blues band. They paid us a visit while in town! Read more »
It seems like every we time we turn on Conan O'Brien he's wearing a Chicago Music Exchange T-shirt. Read more »
Brian Blade and his killer group The Fellowship Band featuring Melvin Butler, Myron Walden, Christopher... Read more »
Paul Reed Smith drew legions of fans to Chicago Music Exchange Saturday afternoon. Paul had... Read more »
Our good friend from Australia, psychedelic rock band Tame Impala return to Chicago Music Exchange to do some... Read more »
Our good friend Jason Mozersky of Ben Harper’s band and the Relentless7 stopped by CME. Read more »
Chicago indie/avante/experimental group Maps & Atlases joined us for a CME Session, hand-picking... Read more »
Jon Foreman (of Switchfoot) and Sean Watkins (of Nickel Creek) perform as Fiction Family at Chicago... Read more »
Of Monsters and Men stopped by Chicago Music Exchange during the holiday season between their two shows at... Read more »
We partnered with our friends at Premier Builders Guild, a collective... Read more »
Yonder Mountain String Band were in town to play a show at House of Blues. Read more »
About a year ago Pat Sansone (Wilco/Autumn Defense) fell in love with a limited run '30s Gibson... Read more »
Hey Rosetta! a fantastic Canadian indie rock band from St. Johns visited Chicago Music Exchange before their... Read more »
Grizzly Bear's drummer Chris Bear and bass player Chris Taylor drop by the Chicago Music Exchange... Read more »
Erin Davis, son of Miles Davis, arguably the most famous and influential jazz musician of all time, was in... Read more »
Los Angeles-based folk-rock quartet, Dawes, hung out at Chicago Music Exchange before their gig at the Chicago Theatre. Read more »
Our new friend, Gibson artist, Kazuyoshi Saito spent the last few weeks travelling across the US visiting... Read more »
Amidst their Last Summer on Earth Tour with a show at the Charter One Pavilion tonight... Read more »
Chicago White Sox pitcher John Danks paid us a visit a few weeks back looking...
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Curb Your Enthusiasm star and friend of Chicago Music Exchange Jeff Garlin came in Saturday. Read more »
Jimmy Vivino paid us a visit Friday. Jimmy and Conan O'Brien are in Chicago for the TBS Just for Laughs... Read more »
Brad Paisley came by on Saturday before his Escape Virtual Reality World Tour stop at Wrigley... Read more »
In Chicago from Sao Paulo, Brazil to play Chicago Blues Festival, Ivan Marcio stopped by... Read more »
Before the Red Hot Chili Peppers show at Allstate arena yesterday, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer... Read more »
Chicago based drummer Johnny Rabb paid a visit to the Chicago Drum Exchange recently. Read more »
Bobby Burg, singer, songwriter, guitarist of Love of Everything, bass player in Joan of Arc, and... Read more »
Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete stopped in after a last minute gig at Schubas... Read more »
Rick's friend, rock star jewelry maker, Armand Serra of Crazy Pig Designs...
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Eric Johnson spent some time with Chicago Music Exchange before his... Read more »
Bon Iver paid a lengthy visit to Chicago Music Exchange today on their... Read more »
John Paul White, one half of the Civil Wars (along with singer-songwriter Joy Williams) stopped by... Read more »
Today, Canadian rockers Simple Plan took a break from their Get Your Heart On!... Read more »
Noah & The Whale, on tour supporting their fantastic “Last Night On Earth” album, hung out for... Read more »
In town to play the majestic Chicago Theatre tomorrow night downtown, Joe Bonamassa stopped in... Read more »
While on tour as part of Katy Perry's band... Read more »
Both a Zildjian artist and a Sonor artist, Wilco drummer Glen Kotche was right at home... Read more »
English singer-songwriter, and all-around outstanding young lady, Adele, stopped by... Read more »
In town for a show at UIC Pavilion, OneRepublic took time out to come to Chicago Music Exchange. Read more »