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Katie Tuten & other Chicago music figures talk about small venues with the New Yorker

Remember Small, Sweaty Music Venues? By Jim DeRogatis May 12, 2020 Photograph by Martyn Goodacre / Getty

Amid an entertainment world shut down by coronavirus, The Hideout is still working to make a human connection

“How do we keep people connected?” asked Sully Davis, program director of The Hideout. “How do we keep the Hideout around when people think of it as just a space?” Those questions are the ones that continue to plague performance spaces and venue owners throughout the city as the state of Illinois enters its third […]

Independent Venues Band Together for New Organization

The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) is a new organization launched by several independent music venues and promoters, along with Independent Venue Week, following the widespread cancellations of shows in the wake of COVID-19. Offering free membership to venues, the organization announced its goal to “fight for the survival of independent venues, their employees, artists, fans and their communities.”

“We Will Be the Last to Reopen”: Chicago Music Clubs Plan for a Prolonged Pandemic

Last summer, we profiled Chicago Independent Venue League (CIVL), an affiliation of local club owners who banded together to protect their interests in the face of Live Nation’s projected entertainment megaplex in the Lincoln Yards area. The group gradually came to envision a role for itself beyond that conflict, and our talk ended with co-founder Katie Tuten […]

Hideout Launches “Hideout Online”

  We miss you!  But since we’re all are stuck at home, we’re coming to your place, well virtually that is. We’re launching Hideout Online – a new streaming platform that will be full of all things Hideout. There’s dancing, bingo, talk shows, music, comedy, and of course Robbie Fulks!   You just click to join our […]

Conde Nast: How to Support Local Business in Chicago During COVID-19

Tip your bartender, virtually Chicago is a music city, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more beloved venue than the The Hideout. The friendly dive is a favorite of patrons and artists, as well as a staple in grassroots programming. Hideout closed its doors ahead of state and city orders, and was the first venue […]

Chicago music venues refunding tickets due to coronavirus, but some patrons donating the cash back

Tums performs during Helltrap Nightmare at the Hideout in Chicago on Aug. 31, 2019.(Youngrae Kim / Chicago Tribune) When the Hideout announced March 13 that it was temporarily closing its doors because of coronavirus, the North Side venue’s owners asked customers to “please be patient with us due to the high volume of refunds.” The […]

Concert venue owners unite to fight for future of independent music in Chicago after COVID-19

CHICAGO (WLS) — As the coronavirus outbreak grew into a pandemic in mid-March, concerts were among the first events to be cancelled and performance venues were the first businesses to be closed. “The state of the independent venue after this crisis is over is very precarious, to say the least,” said Bruce Finkelman of 16 […]

Hideout Bartender Launches Free Meal Service For Workers Impacted By Coronavirus Shutdown

GARFIELD PARK — When the Hideout announced it would close because of coronavirus, bartender Jessica Romanowski knew she would land on her feet. The bar and music venue was one of the first to create an online tip jar to help pay employees during the closure, and bargoers were generous — donating more than $28,700. But Romanowski, a private […]

Chicago music venues look to get a helping hand through the coronavirus crisis through crowdfunding

A Chicago without live music is just another major city. Known as the birthplace of many genres — from house to drill to blues — Chicago’s reputation as a place where music lives and thrives extends far beyond the borders of the city. And yet, as the city faces the ongoing novel coronavirus crisis (which […]