The Archives

I know, it’s true … we live to serve our lovely patrons, to take their money and make them tasty drinks and let them know when the tamale guy is here. Still, there are rare moments when we are forced to tear ourselves away from the bar. Here’s what some of us have been doing […]

Over on her “Citylife” blog for WBEZ, Achy Obejas leads a nice piece on Chicago’s literary scene with a shout-out to bars like the Hideout and the Green Mill that have helped foster grassroots literary culture through events like Write Club and this past week’s Literary Death Match, which I hear was MOBBED. If, like […]

Hello fine people! It’s another fine week over here in new-tree-land … assuming our trees haven’t washed away in the storm. Have a look: Singing in the Abbey, described as “Thom Yorke and Julie Andrews’ bastard love child” sound, plays Thursday (that’s tonight!). Friday is a two show night: First, everyone’s favorite live comedy game […]

Shame That Tune is one! Happy birthday, STT!!! In honor of this momentous event, check out this “promo video” produced last year, in hot anticipation of the first show. Hilarious. And so wrong.

So much goodness! Tomorrow evening (Friday) the Interview Show welcomes filmmaker Steve James and author Alex Kotlowitz, the pair behind the new Kartemquin film The Interrupters, as well as rapper Psalm One, novelist Marcus Sakey, and singer-songwriter Krista Detor. Then, later that night, the Hideout hosts a SPELLING BEE. If you remember the bee from […]

Three months, one mud-pit-and-gangplank, and countless clouds of dust later … we have a patio. Let the summer commence.