was founded in 1950 in Villa Park, IL by Gus Cordogan. Gus was the
consummate performer, musician and teacher with several degrees from
the prestigious American Conservatory of Music. Accomplished in twelve
instruments, Gus was a "ringer" for U.S.O. shows while in the Marine
Corps during World War II and would often not know what instrument he
might have to play that evening, depending on the health and status of
his fellow musicians/soldiers.
His passion was
teaching, and in 1950 he opened Villa Park Music, surely not knowing
his children would someday grow the company to be the largest piano
store in Illinois. In fact, he didn’t even carry pianos
initially. It was primarily a record store with musical instrument
instruction and sales, whose collection of teachers and studios was led
by Gus himself. If you grew up during 50s, 60s, 70s or 80s, and you
studied an instrument while living within 10 miles of Villa Park, IL
— Gus Cordogan may have been a household name.
pianos eventually became the focus, and Gus’ business expanded. A second store was added in
St. Charles, which moved to Geneva in the
early seventies. A Downers Grove showroom was added in 1984 and an
Orland Park showroom was introduced in 1989.
Sadly, Gus left
his music behind at the age of 67 in 1992 after struggling with lung
cancer. Since then, his family have continued his
legacy at Cordogan's Pianoland and
on chicagopianos.com. Since the late 80's, they have grown the Geneva
showroom/warehouse to be the
largest piano store in Illinois.
employs a professional sales staff, sheet music department, movers,
refinishers, technicians, rebuilders, and other artisans.
Hours are Monday
through Friday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 to 5:00 pm. and
Sundays, from 12 noon to 4:00 pm. For more information, call
630.584.5000 or visit us online at www.chicagopianos.com.
Feel free to contact us with
any questions or comments. We look forward to hearing from you!