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“Hideout, do you want to see me put my dead great-grandma’s teeth in my mouth?” comedian AJ Marroquin asks the mostly standing audience packed into the performance space in The Hideout with a flirty but demanding flourish, nonchalantly holding up a pair of dentures. Indeed, the crowd does. And Marroquin, smartly dressed in a button-up […]

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 […]

At age 18, Scott Ligon spent his nights getting paid to play guitar and his days shopping for records. It was 1988, and he was one of the rising regulars of the St. Louis bar-band scene. He knew his blues, his rock-and-roll and had days’ worth of country and soul covers in his head. One […]

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 […]

In the short amount of time Black Midi have been a band, they have stirred up a frenzy of hype in their native UK primarily on the strength of their live show. Up until this year, after all, they had barely any music available online, and they kept their debut album Schlagenheim — which ranked […]

Together Davis, Malci, Joshua Virtue, and Ruby Watson make up Chicago’s own rap crew Why? Records. The group started when the four got together in the summer of 2018 to start their brand-new label. Davis himself grew up on hip-hop. He says his mother used to babysit for Common. He received his BFA in creative […]

Award-winning group The Lawrence Peters Outfit, which is described as a “scrappy honkey tonk band” plays live on WGN. Watch the full performance on WGN. Make sure to catch the band play The Hideout on June 23rd as party of the “A Day in the Country” series.

Derry Queen’s Big Queer Variety show is held monthly at The Hideout and brings together the most talented LGBTQA+ performers in the city. The Chicago Reader said the show’s theatrics “transcend traditional expectations of drag.” “His show includes acts ranging between stand-up and sketch, all of which take him at least a month to churn […]

Miss Alex White and Francis Scott Key White are siblings that make up the Chicago-based duo White Mystery. The band started playing The Hideout in the early 2000’s. “There’s a lot of history here,” said Alex White. She says her favorite drink is The Hideout’s signature cocktail, The Wooden Leg. White said a big highlight […]

Chicago’s local neighborhood news publication recently released their illustrated “tiny guide,” which features local venues and music stores around the city. The Hideout is featured on this illustrated guide, due to our role in Chicago’s unique music scene. The artist, Maura Walsh, received her degree Fine Arts degree Columbia College. Walsh is a self-identified “avid […]