It was recently made public that the internationally revered record store Dr. Wax, located at 5225 S. Harper Court, will be closing its door August 31st, 2007 due to an increase in the cost of their lease. Dr. Wax has been a Hyde Park institution for over a decade, supporting hundreds of local and underground artists who otherwise would have had no Chicago market. It has directly influenced the artistic landscape of this great musical city and has consistently placed integrity and artistry over commercialism.

Harper Court was opened in 1965 as an artistic enclave, and that tradition has been largely preserved over the years. And while the Harper Court Foundations (the NFP that manages the property) website lists their mission as promoting programs, individuals and activities, including those artistic and cultural in nature, that benefit the community by contributing to increased employment, payroll, {and} business volume, we can think of no greater loss to Chicago's artistic community than this most valuable asset. Every effort should be made to offer Dr. Wax and its owner Sam Greenberg a rental rate that will allow Dr. Wax to remain open.

On behalf of all the musicians, DJs, and music fans who have benefited from the musical education Dr. Wax has offered us over the years, we ask the Harper Court Foundation and Alderman Toni Preckwinkle to understand the tremendous loss this would be to the community, and make every effort to retain Dr. Wax as a tenant in Harper Court at a manageable rent.

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  • 11 February 20161000. Hannah S
    I support this petition
  • 10 February 2016999. Skyla H
    We need to support small local businesses to keep money within our communities. I hope this petition helps. Dr. Wax has always been one of my favorite places in the city. The customer service as well as inventory of music surpasses any music store in the
  • 04 February 2016998. Henry M
    Keep Dr. Wax Open
  • 26 January 2016997. Kari M
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  • 13 January 2016993. B S
    Love shopping at Dr Wax--keep it open in Hyde Park Address, Zip Code 10905
  • 11 January 2016992. Celeste M
    В Address, Zip Code В Profession U of C Grad Student
  • 10 January 2016991. Rosalind Hendersonh
    I have purchased music from Dr. Wax in Hyde Park since they opened and also on the north side. What a loss it would be to lose this valuable resource for everything we need in music and musical history. Address, Zip Code 2362 E. 71st Street
  • 06 January 2016990. Darrel Ajeffersonj
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  • 06 January 2016989. Miles R
    Thanks to the internets i probably have purchased less than 10 actual CDs in my entire life. One of them was from Dr. Wax. That CD was Van Halen's Self Titled Album, I only bought it so could hear the song Eruption, which someone had once told me was the
  • 05 January 2016988. J B
    I support this petition
  • 01 January 2016987. Mark I
    Please do not close it down.
  • 28 December 2015986. Zena H
    I support this petition
  • 28 December 2015985. Robyn B
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  • 27 December 2015984. Gary C
    this store has helped me musically to hone my craft as a d.j. it would be a tremendous lost to hyde park and to all the local artists and d.j.s who have supported and will continue to support dr. wax!!! Profession d.j. of course!
  • 26 December 2015983. Gordon Q
    I support this petition
  • 25 December 2015982. Owen D
    Don't close Dr. Wax Address, Zip Code 60619
  • 22 December 2015981. Qibraheem Hess
    music saves lives Address, Zip Code 250 ridge --evanston 60602 Profession i live 4 a living !
  • 18 December 2015980. Nena H
    Even though I no longer live in Hyde Park, or Illinois for that matter, I always visit Dr Wax when I'm back home. This is a great loss to Hyde Park! Address, Zip Code PO Box 310043, Houston, TX 77231 Profession law student
  • 15 December 2015979. Cassiette Michael
    Dr. Wax has helped my students by carrying many educational cds and items that I would have to pay someone else to locate (i.e.Amazon .Com whee money is spent outside of the city). Please keep this establishment here to serve the children and our communit
  • 14 December 2015978. Jasmaine E
    This store is great and has great history Address, Zip Code 1011 E 90th street Profession Hair stylist
  • 11 December 2015977. Laroy B
    Lets keep the doors open PLEASE Address, Zip Code 7206 S.California Profession Transportation
  • 07 December 2015976. Stephen S
    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
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Harper Court Foundation, Ald. Toni Preckwinkle


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