Oak Park Guitar Fun sign ends up in Wilco studio

We're still waiting for our exclusive interview with Jeff Tweedy

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Oak Park fans of alternative country band and local heroes Wilco may have noticed something familiar in a recent timewaster by entertainment media website Buzzfeed.

The band was featured in a random name generator questionnaire that gives fans the chance to find out "Which Wilco Band Member Are You?"

People bored on the Internet filling out the questionnaire are propositioned with choosing, for example, "Which is your favorite movie genre" and "What's your ideal vacation?"

But the survey picks readers' brains with the question: "If you could take one item from the Loft (Wilco's Chicago recording studio) home, what would it be?"

Among the six multiple-choice responses is the option of taking "The lit Guitar Fun Inc. sign purchased from a music store that was going out of business."

The only problem is Guitar Fun does not seem to have gone out of business, but instead moved from 400 Lake St. to 133 N. Ridgeland Ave. What gives?

We weren't able to make contact with Guitar Fun, but we did briefly touch base with Wilco manager Tony Margherita Management. Requests for an interview with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, however, have gone unanswered.

Jeff Tweedy and Wilco, why do you have a sign from an independent music store in Oak Park? The people want to know! The truth must be told! We await your response.

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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Jay Ranz  

Posted: September 25th, 2015 10:50 PM

What Mark said.

Mark Greenberg from Chicago  

Posted: September 25th, 2015 6:32 PM

Hi Tim! I am the studio manager for the Loft, Wilco's studio here in Chicago. As to your inquiry, the Guitar Fun sign was purchased by Wilco's management and studio employees from the building owner when the Guitar Fun business vacated their corner location where the sign was displayed for years. The building owner cleared the front facade as part of his renovation of the space for new tenants. The sign was given to Jeff Tweedy as a birthday gift last summer and installed in the Loft soon after. Yes, you are correct, the accompanying description in that Buzzfeed piece was factually inaccurate - the business didn't close - but rather moved to a smaller space leaving its signage behind. Thanks for the blurb about it! -Mark

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