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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.”


Thrillist explains the Hideout’s Bizzare Backstory

Thrillist interviewed owner Tim Tuten who explains the unique way the Hideout was built here!

2nd Freakwater show added!

Freakwater_Tim Furnish_2015_VertFreakwater is back at the Hideout playing material from their first new LP in over 11 years on their new label and Hideout friend Bloodshot Records. The trio has recently expanded their line-up, but their gritty original sound and Janet Bean and Catherine Irwin’s voices are still as strong as they ever have been. The March 18th show SOLD OUT but click here to get tickets to their recently added 2nd show on Sat. March 19th here at Chicago’s most-loved small venue.

Rob Frye’s February Residency

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Rob Frye is known as an multi-instrumentalist for Chicago groups such as CAVE and Bitchin’ Bajas. He has been a constant presence in Chicago’s underground scene, specifically with improvisational ensembles. The collective El is the Sound of Joy was a constant figure in the noise underground, and eventually gained some notoriety in jazz circles. A constant collaborator, Rob is able to give a unique voice in a variety of different kinds of ensembles, playing with poly-rhythms and sounds in his bicycle-based project Flux Bikes, experimenting with improvisational devices in Exoplanet, or exploring textures in Bitchin’ Bajas, Frye stands out, and we’re honored to have him this month. He’s joined by a cast of talented friends including Dan Bitney (Tortoise), Ben Lamar Gay (AACM), and many more. See a full list of the events so you don’t miss a night here. 

This Week at the Hideout!

Hello Hideout fans

We only have 2 more weeks of our beautiful Hideout Riverwalk space left being open!  Time is a-wasting and the weather is still beautiful so be sure to come out.  We now have a big screen projector and will be showingCubs, Blackhawks and Bears games, check out our Facebook and Twitter to learn when the next game will be on.  We are also featuring some beef and vegetarian chili on our menu!

Tonight at the Riverwalk we have the jazz stylings of The Changeable Trio, tomorrow Austin troubadourMichael Fracasso stops in for a set, Friday is the legendary Mekons and Waco Brothers co-founder Jon Langford.  On Sunday, get ready to dance with Rosie and the Rivets as they play the hits of the 50s, 60s, and 70s.  Monday local finger-picker Johnny Young performs with a full band and Tuesday is the romp and stomp ofDevil in a Woodpile.

And next SaturdayOctober 24th, we are taking part in the Chicago Cultural Mile Halloween Parade!  Come to the Hideout Riverwalk at 3pm for free beer and chili! Then join us as we march together at 5pm from the Riverwalk to Columbus Ave and Balbo in Grant Park. The official parade starts there at 6pm. Wear a costume of your favorite dead Chicagoan, and have fun with us!

Here’s whats happening at ol’ Wabansia Ave.

TonightResonance Series presents a couple of out of towners!  We have Cleveland’s Forest Managementwith environmental ambient sounds and Seattle duo Boreas.  Local band Haptic is joined tonight bypercussionist MIKE WEIS, whose wide range of influences encompass everything from experimental composition to traditional African and Korean drumming styles.  Brian Case kicks off the evening.

Thursday, we have Devil in a Woodpile featuring original member Tom Ray as a special treat.  Sure to be some tunes that we haven’t heard in a while tonight so come out for this rare appearance!

Later, we get experimental with the sounds of YAIRMS/Alhhla from North Carolina.  It will be soothing but definitely unique.  Opening up is the psychedelic punk rock of Strange Faces and the noisy rock of High Priests.

Friday, we welcome back Funny Ha Ha after a brief hiatus.  Glad to have these great comedians back!  Tonight features, Schadenfreude’s Kate James, Novelist Rebecca Makkai, The Kates’ Kelsie Huff, Star-maker and Cat-drawer Steve Gadlin, “Pop Goes Alicia”‘s Alicia Swiz and filmmaker Steve Delahoyde.

LaterCHIRP Radio is throwing a home-coming rally benefit with the looper Netherfriends and the indie pop ofSoft Speaker.  What’s a home-coming rally without cheerleaders?  Not much, which is why the Chicago Spirit Brigade will be rah-rah-sis-boom-bahing us throughout the night!  GlitterGuts will be on hand to snap your photos.  This will be a fun one!

Saturday, we have Californians Planet Booty to shake our back room up!  Planet Booty is probably not what you think it is. If you haven’t yet experienced the infectious power of their live shows, or danced and sweated along with these impressively talented musicians… then you don’t quite have the full picture yet.  Their original music uses electronics and live instrumentation to create a driving electro/funk/RnB blend inspired by classics like Miami Bass, Prince & Talking Heads.  Abstract Giants opens up and DJ Castle is on the decks to keep you moving between sets.

Our dance party kicks off at midnight with DJ Gloria Vanderbilt and Pandabrand.  Get up, get down and get low! DJ Gloria Vanderbilt and Pandabrand swirl up a tasty mix of hip hop, r&b, funk, disco and house to keep things cooking on the dance floor.

Sunday we are closed.

Monday, we have Mr. and Mrs. Wednesday Night!  Join us for a one-of-a-kind experience: Mr. and Mrs. Wednesday-Night is a mostly-improvised, old-school couple’s variety hour that lives in a parallel universe somewhere between Sonny & Cher and Comedy Bang Bang, featuring special guests aplenty and more fun than we could possibly explain.

TuesdayWrite Club brings a Halloween themed monster clash of local writers where you decide the winner!  Tonight features Beth Dugan (WHISPER) vs. Richard Joyce (SCREAM), Gina Watters (CRADLE) vs. Lily Be (GRAVE), & Ian Belknap (SKIN) vs. Corrbette Pasko (BONES) battling it out for the coveted Loving Cup of Deathless Fecking Glory!

LaterV4MEE continues their Tuesday night Residency!  These have been a blast so far and tonight’s the third edition!  If you haven’t been to one of these shows yet, be prepared to laugh, dance and rock out with one of Chicago’s best bands.

See you soon

The Hideout