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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 […]

USA Today Names The Hideout As Best Venue In Chicago

Music fans and musicians love this sweet 100-year old spot that has a bar in the front and a performance space in the back. You could catch Jeff Tweedy or The Dream Syndicate one night, a young torch singer the next, Jon Langford and Sally Timms performing an impromptu Sunday afternoon show, a blues jug […]

Soup & Bread Is Back At The Hideout

BUCKTOWN — A weekly fundraiser for local anti-hunger organizations is returning to The Hideout this week. Soup & Bread, a weekly community meal, will take place from 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays beginning this week and ending April 1. The cost of the meal is based on a pay-what-you-can donation. Over the last 11 years, Soup & […]

Chicago Tribune Names The Hideout ‘Chicagoans Of The Year In Music’

The Hideout is the little club that could. It’s one of the smaller clubs in a city saturated with music venues, but few have had a bigger impact on their community, a community that’s like family. Hideout co-owners Tim and Katie Tuten are a married couple, and fellow owners Jim and Mike Hinchsliff are twins. […]

Chicago Teachers Union Walkout at The Hideout

The Chicago teachers strike is headed into a 10th school day after union delegates emerged late Tuesday without any announcement of a contract deal, leading Chicago Public Schools officials to cancel classes again for Wednesday. Hours after the CTU summoned representatives from city schools to discuss negotiations, and following a day the union and city […]

First Tuesdays With Mick & Ben

As the clock ticks closer to a teachers’ strike this week, I’d like to interrupt my coverage of the showdown to bring you some news about my own life . . . Mick Dumke and I are breaking up. OK, I didn’t mean to be so melodramatic. It’s not like we were, you know, going […]