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George`s Music Room: Iconic West Side store trashed by vandals

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

It was a sad sight on the West Side Monday after George's Music Room, the iconic storefront that served the neighborhood for decades, was completely trashed by vandals and thieves.

Though he shut the doors three years ago, owner George Daniels says he planned to re-open the store, which is why it was not empty.

"When I look back at what I did for this community, I feel like I'm a little special…I found out different!" Daniels says.

On Monday, George Daniels and his son sifted through the mess left by vandals who broke in through an empty apartment above his shuttered store since they couldn't get past the metal security gates on the ground floor.

"The neighborhood really always protected me over the years, this is the first time ever the store has been burglarized, ever," he explains.

The Daniels' worked hard to build the store in the late 60s. In its heyday, George's Music Room hosted the biggest names in music, many before they hit it big.

George's was a bright spot in a bleak business landscape, recognized as more than just selling music. There were also the huge back to school events and Christmas toy drives.

The thieves left behind most of the memorabilia, including a photo at the White House and countless signed posters.

Passerby Monday were hopeful when they saw our camera and George Daniels. They remember when the velvet ropes kept an orderly line to meet the stars they could hardly believe would come to Lawndale.

George isn't so sure the re-opening he's dreamed of can survive the new reality of the neighborhood. On the other hand, you don't turn a tiny independent record store into one of the most influential retail outlets in the country by giving up.

"It hurts, it hurts more than anything else," George says. "It was hard to keep from crying, but I'll get it back, I'll get it back."

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