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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.   […]

Our very own Martha Bayne wrote a incredibly thought provoking piece on hunger in Time Out Chicago this week that we highly recommend reading. 

“With these gray October clouds rolling in, a musical journey to Jamaica followed by good local music sounds like the perfect tonic. Film programmer extraordinaire Michael Phillips says this event, called “The First Menagerie” will be followed by others. If Rockers and Magical, Beautiful are the sorts of creatures we can expect to find more of, that is welcome […]

Great little piece you can read here on Chicago’s country music scene via Newsday/CBS News. “The Hideout is another hidden music gem, tucked away on an almost abandoned-looking side street in an old factory neighborhood northwest of downtown. A homey tavern with a back-room hall that resembles a North Woods rec room, the Hideout features […]

Here’s a fantastic time-lapse video made by our dear friend Kathleen Judge going over the making her poster for this year’s Block Party / A.V. Fest!