INNside / Out

a blog serving shots of hideout news

Picnics on the Porch
Big Sadie on our Front Porch

Fridays this summer grab a blanket and head out and enjoy the warm weather the way you should! Starting at 6pm, the Hideout’s porch will come alive with sun-baked tunes and fresh picnic boxes made available for purchase at the event from Local Foods. Sponsored by Odell Brewing.

Poster By Laura Park

7/7 – Big Sadie

7/14 – Lady Parts (Kelly Hogan and Nora O’Connor)

7/21 – Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker

7/28 – The Lowest Pair

8/4 – Kelly Hogan & Scott Ligon

8/11 – Peter Oren

8/18 – Jack Klatt

8/25 – Lawrence Peters Outfit

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx Joins The Girl Talk

Last night Cook County State’s Attorney, Kim Foxx, sat down with The Girl Talk to discuss the recent impact of President Trump’s immigrant ordinance on Chicago’s immigrant communities. The Girl Talk, a monthly talk show at the Hideout whose commitment to highlighting “Chicago women doing cool things” adds Kim Foxx to a growing list of prominent and important guests.




The discussion centered around the growing hesitance in immigrant communities to show up to court dates out of fear of deportation, the spike in crime focused against immigrant populations and what the State’s Attorney office is doing ensure the safety of all people in Chicago, regardless of background or legal status. Check out DNAinfo’s coverage of the event here.

Robbie Fulks’ Time at the Hideout Comes to a Close

This past Monday Robbie Fulks, a man who’s been on the Hideout’s stage for about as long as we’ve been around, played the final show of his resident series. As with his previous few shows, Monday’s finale sold-out before 7:00 PM, leaving us with the unfortunate task of having to turn folks away, some of whom trekked in from various corners of the city and suburbs. Fulks, per usual, did not disappoint. Before the show Fulks took to his blog to reflect on these past years at the Hideout. You can also check out a collection of photos, interviews and summaries of the final few shows here.

(Special thanks to long-time Hideout patron, Robert Loerzel, for putting the collection together.)IMG_2858

Angela James March Residency at the Hideout

CHICAGO, IL. Angela James is celebrating her return to performing after having a baby by leading different ensembles every Tuesday night in March at the Hideout. James released her second full length record, Time Will Tell, in March of 2016 and gave birth to a daughter later that year. Each week of the residency will highlight a different concept and feature different collaborators. The first week, March 7th, James invites several female Chicago-based musicians to cover other female Chicago musicians from any era or genre in a performance entitled “Women of the World Take Over.” James will act as the emcee of the show and Janet Bean (Freakwater, Eleventh Dream Day), Sima Cunningham (Ohmme, Tweedy) and Macie Stewart (Ohmme, Marrow) will act as the backing band for such acclaimed Chicago musicians such as Tomeka Reid, Julie Pomerleau, Anna Fermin, Quinn Tsan, and many others.



All door proceeds of the show will benefit the Chicago Women’s Health Center. March 14th features James, husband and collaborator Jordan Martins, and Ben Clarke of Quarter Mile Thunder playing a set of stark Townes Van Zandt songs. Amalea Tshilds and Reid Coker will both play solo sets for a night of somber, beautiful songwriting. James and Martins lived in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil before moving to Chicago and on March 21st they’ll play a set of new original songs in Portuguese and songs by Brazilian musician Erasmos Carlos. Nick Mazzarella’s Meridian Trio will open and be the backing band for the second set. The final week of the residency will be a performance of James’ latest record Time Will Tell backed by Martins, Nick Macri, Charles Rumback and guitarist Bill MacKay. Macri, MacKay, Martins and Rumback will play an opening improvised set. The record was called “smoldering and gorgeous” by Peter Margasak at the Chicago Reader. All door proceeds of the 14th, 21st, and 28th will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Middle Brow Brewing is generously sponsoring the residency. All shows are $7 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.

Rick Kogan Sits Down With Gregorio Gomez & Chuck Kramer to Talk Poetry, Valentines Day and the Hideout

Rick Kogan, the primordial voice of Chicago radio, sat down last week with Weeds Poetry Open Mic hosts, Gregorio Gomez and Chuck Kramer, to discuss their upcoming, Valentines Day eve Erotica Exotica Poetica Extravaganza going down next Monday night (2/13) from 8:30-12:00.41-atlg

Called “nothing short of the greatest Valentines Day experience in Chicago,” the Erotica Exotica Poetica Extravaganza has been a Valentines tradition carried out by Gomez and Kramer for the past 30 years. A night of romantic catharsis, poets from across the city converge on the Hideout equipped with poems of love, lust, loss and just about every other Valentines Day emotion you can think of; nothing is off limits.

Hit the link to listen to their entire discussion.

The Grelley Duvall Show comes to the Hideout

As a seemingly endless January comes to a close, the Hideout is preparing to host a handful of never-before-seen residencies this coming February and for the months to follow. The onslaught of weekly and bi-monthly residencies kicks off the first Tuesday in February (2/7) with the premier of Alexander Grelle’s “The Grelley Duvall Show.” 

The show, a three-night residency showcasing Grelle’s trove of cine-musical infatuations through an array of farcical renditions, creates a new genre of canonical homage and empowering spectacle inspired and brought to life by a crew of Chicago’s underrated scene-stealing actors. The idea for the show, originally cajoled into Grelle’s repertoire via the mind of David Cerda, who recognized the inherent hilarity of Grelle’s theatrical intuition, has morphed and grown with Grelle’s ongoing infatuation with the multi-faceted, Shelley Duvall, the actress in which the show is based. Her unique look [is what drew me to her]. The Shining sealed the deal for me when I was growing up. It’s iconic and one of the best performances ever to me. She’s best when she’s a mom. Anything she did with Robert Altman is great too. Three Women is perfect. Nashville. Even the scene with the octopus in Popeye. Shelley was up for a Razzi for the Shining; I guess that just shows my taste level.” Embellished with a touch of make-up, wigs and sometimes a pair of tights, Grelle assumes the a multitude of Duvall’s infamous characters and scenes in a blending of recreation, satire and reverence. 

Grelle, whose love for the stage was galvanized by a childhood filled with choreographed Paula Abdul dance routines and weekend nights in front of Saturday Night Live, writes, directs and stars in the Grelley Duvall Show, which has been created and recreated as it passed through various veins of Chicago theatre tropes. A show that started at Hell and a Handbag, blossomed at Salonathon and was  finally brought to life at Steppenwolf theatre, has arrived at the Hideout. While at Steppenwolf the show took on the name ‘Shelley Duvall’s Women Under the Influence Theatre,’ which was received with broad adoration, but this isn’t exactly that. For the first time, Grelle is looking to incorporate music into the show, “I’m figuring out that my stuff is site specific. Every time I’ve come to the Hideout I feel that music really plays a big role in my visit. That fact really motivated me to incorporate as much music as I possibly can in this next rendition of the show.”28-atlg

Hideout Makes “Chicago’s 50 Best Bars”

It’s not easy to characterize the wide variety of Hideout patrons under a single demographical label. But when Chicago Magazine released their list of “Chicago’s 50 Best Bars” they kept it short and sweet, and hit the nail right on the head: the Hideout’s constituency, as eclectic as they may be, can most accurately be depicted as an army of “Vinyl Collectors and the lovably frumpy.”


We’re honored to share the stage with so many other amazing Chicago bars and incredibly proud to be the only bar on the list to also adopt the “legendary music venue,” title. We’re not flashy, and we’re certainly not fancy, but what we have done, what we’ve always done, is cultivate a culture at the Hideout that is rooted in a commitment to good people and great music. Big ups to our friends at Delilah’s, Hopleaf  and Skylark for also making the cut.

Soup & Bread Returns to the Hideout

f1357de2-bf65-4b01-b351-0a081da727e4It’s soup season again and – I’ll be honest right up front – until November 8 we thought perhaps Soup & Bread had run its course. Maybe, we wondered, it’s time to pass the baton, do something else. Wouldn’t it be nice to go somewhere warm in February?

But then things changed. We think everyone’s going to need a bowl of soup this winter – or several, not to mention the chance to pay it forward to those in need of food relief.

So Soup & Bread 2017 is on. It kicks off January 4 at 5:30 pm at the Hideout, and runs every Wednesday through March 29. Come, bring your kids, bring your appetites, and bring your dollars. As ever all your pay-what-you-can-donations will go to help local food pantries.

This year, we’ve decided to ditch the weekly soup themes in favor of one simple idea: sanctuary. As most of you probably know, Chicago is a “sanctuary city” – and as such is threatened with losing federal funding under a Trump administration. With Chicago’s social services already starved by the state budget impasse, things may be about to get much worse.

So, in that context we’re asking soup cooks to bring soups that celebrate Chicago’s immigrant heritage – either your own or someone else’s. Bring on the pozole, the borscht, the harrira; the shorbit amas and the soupe joumou. We’ll be collecting recipes again and if we get enough we’ll try and put together another cookbook. To volunteer to cook, pick a date and email — and check the FAQ on our website to see what all’s entailed.

Of course, to do this all takes time, and some money. Once again we’re asking you to consider making a tax-deductible donation to Soup & Bread through our fiscal sponsors at the Social Good Fund. If everyone on this mailing list gave just $10 that would be a windfall for our lean organization. And if you give more – like, say $25, we’ll send you a custom Soup & Bread bowl (while supplies last; just put your address in the “comments” section). Once we cover our costs, all money donated online will also go to our partner food pantries.

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There’s a longish Facebook post making the rounds from a Native American poet named Joy Harjo, in which she talks about Thanksgiving in the context of the ongoing state violence at Standing Rock. She closes with a poem that begins:

The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.

Our kitchen table may be a poky row of crock pots in the back room of a bar, but the sentiment holds. Come out and join us for sustenance and sanctuary this winter and help us rebuild one little corner of the world.

Thanks – we miss you!

Soup & Bread

PS: Oh whoops, one more thing. This month we’ll be selling cookbooks, bowls, and other Soup & Bread stuff at some holiday sales around town, including the Bloodshot Records Holiday Popup Shop on Dec. 3 and the Hideout Last Chance Holiday Sale on Dec. 20. Check the calendar at the bottom of our site for more events as they materialize.

Consequence of Sound Named Us One of the Greatest Venues in the Country

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“The love of passionate, innovative music the Hideout and its owners embody is what brought us all together in the first place.”

The Hideout made #20 on Consequence of Sounds’ list of the 100 Greatest American Music Venues! Read the full review and check out the other great venues on the list.

We’re honored to be in such good company!


Thrillist Named Us One of Chicago’s Most Important Bars!



Check out this amazing shoutout we got from! Such an honor!

“The Hideout was once a 48-hour house (denoting the time it took to build) in the 1890s and is now one of the most beloved bars in the city. It is important not only to the city’s indie music scene, but is also a crucial gathering place for everything from political events and poetry readings to comedy shows and historical reenactments.”