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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

Taco Tuesdays at The Hideout Riverwalk!

Starting tomorrow we will have the Big Star Taco Truck starting at 2pm until the tacos are gone!

On the menu will be Pollo, Pastor and the Walking Taco! Delicious! So come on down to 35 E Riverwalk South and enjoy Devil in a Woodpile at 5:30 and have a taco!

Media Buzz about The Hideout Riverwalk

The Hideout Riverwalk officially opens today!

The Hideout Riverwalk is featuring live music on a patio on the south side of the Chicago River between State and Wabash streets and is open every day from 11am to 9pm.  Our new address is 35 E Riverwalk South.

The media has taken a huge interest!  Read some articles from the Chicagoist, Crain’s Business, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Eater!

See our music line-up here.

Eleventh Dream Day’s Record Release Show Reviewed by Chicago Tribune

Read the fantastic review of Eleventh Dream Day’s Record Release party here at the Hideout by Greg Kot here!  Gives you a chance to hear about this fantastic show if you weren’t lucky enough to be here.