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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“It was an absurd proposition,” admits Rob Miller on the indie record label he helped found 25 years ago. “The city and everyone we’ve surrounded ourselves with has allowed it to happen.” Bloodshot Records has celebrated roots music with a punk edge—be it country, soul, or rock and roll—since its 1994 debut. Its first release […]

New bars open all the time in Chicago – some Al Capone-themed tiki bar or Australian beer garden probably just opened around the corner from wherever you’re currently located. But there’s no better place to drink than a classic. So we compiled a list of our favorites – the places we find ourselves returning to […]

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary, and my birthday, by going to Chicago for three nights. My wife plans these trips and occasionally consults with me. We were packing a lot in. -Nice downtown hotel booked cheaply on an internet travel site. -Dinner at a Pilsen steakhouse restaurant with the kids. -Chilling at a […]

There’s something stirring in the story of a small, plucky scrapper taking on a steamrolling behemoth—whether it’s the English fleet versus the Spanish Armada or Popeye versus Bluto. The Chicago music landscape now has its own version of the story, which began when real estate developer Sterling Bay teamed with concert giant Live Nation to […]

It’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 […]

  As you can see, we’ve still got some prizes from the fantastic Soup & Bread benefit last week that need to be picked up so, check out your tickets and see if you were a winner!  Thanks again to everyone who came out and helped raised $1,853 for The Good Fork and Restore Redhook […]

As you can see below the Hideout was recently featured on the popular wedding blog, Rock N’ Roll Bride, thanks to Kat and Mat who had their beautiful wedding here this summer.  If you or anyone you know is interested in having a wedding here, please feel free to email, hideoutinn@gmail.com for more details.   […]