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Paste Magazine Names The Hideout A Chicago Country Destination

While ‘Chicago’ and ‘Country Music’ may not ring through as synergetic to some, those who’ve been paying attention know the grandiose of the storied, and ever-evolving, lore of Chicago’s underground Country Music scene.  

Paste Magazine recently did its best to explore the artists, music and venues that comprise the pillars of Chicago Country music. After discussing the tenured impact of Robbie Fulks, Jon Langford, Devil in a Woodpile and Bloodshot Records, the author digresses into revealing the best places in the city to catch a country show. Atop that list sits The Hideout-take a read!

Helltrap Nightmare named “Best Underground Comedy Show” by Chicago Magazine

Our little swamp hag Sarah Sherman (aka Sarah Squirm) and her team of horrifyingly creative comedians birthed a show in a basement called Helltrap Nightmare just over a year-and-a-half ago and after only a hear out of warehouse DIY shows has quickly risen to “Best Underground Comedy Show” in Chicago Magazine’s Best of 2017 issue. Here’s what the publication had to say about the show:

“Ghoulish. Mystical. Grotesque. You’re not at Second City anymore. Coproducer Sarah Sherman performs a bawdy form of standup alongside a lineup that includes noise musicians and performance artists who share her fixation on the unpretty aspects of the human body. (A bag of pubic hair is a recurring prop.)” – Chicago Magazine

Hideout Voted Reader’s ‘Best Venue for Stand-Up’

Every year the Chicago Reader comes out with a list of best things to do in Chicago and the best places to do them. We’ve made appearances on the list in the past, but this year we made the list for a category we haven’t always been known for: comedy. We’ve spent the past years curating an arena for Chicago-based comics to perform and experiment and have become a comedy destination for shows both local and national. From HELLTRAP NIGHTMARE to Beth Stelling and Bobcat Goldthwait, we’ve seen just about every and any comedic form take to the Hideout stage. This year the Reader awarded us the ‘Best Venue for Stand-Up’


“An Evening in the Chinook Lounge” with Chef Mickey Neely

Mondays in July Chef Mickey Neely looks to pair the timeless allure of the Wisconsin Supper Club dining experience with a little bar tucked into Chicago’s industrial corridor, The Hideout.
The menu includes a 5-course meal and a cocktail menu made available from Campari. With seatings at 6:00 & 8:00 PM, and weekly dinner-time entertainment ranging from musicians, comedians, poets, and magicians, folks can swing by right after work or a little later on for the kind of Wisconsin opulence that summons palatable nostalgia—transporting us back to a kitchen, dinner table or conversation somewhere – all the while comfortably nestled around long, family-style banquet tables in the Hideout’s back hall, the Chinook Lounge.For those who want to enjoy the atmosphere, but want a more casual experience, fresh made sandwiches will be available in the front bar.
7/17 – AJ Sacco
7/31 – Bill Bullock 
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