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Zach Freeman, a free-lance writer for the Tribune, stopped by the Empty Bottle earlier this week to take in a comedy set from Sarah Squirm, the comedic architect of HELLTRAP NIGHTMARE, and a blossoming band of comedic misfits that having been re-working the essence of what comedy can look like, sound like and feel like. The […]

Last November, while on tour with Alejandro Escovedo, Scott McCaughey suffered a stroke that nearly cost him his life. After nearly a month in the Intensive Care Unit, McCaughey was released from the hospital and continues to work to regain his musical-self. The former R.E.M guitarist, whose musical talents have seeped into barrooms and onto stages […]

It’s with a great deal of sadness that we take the time to look back on the life and work of John Mahoney. The film, screen and voice actor who’s best known for his role of Martin Crane on the American Sitcom, Fraiser, and who earlier in his career established himself at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, passed […]

Valentine’s Day tends to be a hit-or-miss for most; but for a significant portion of the population, single or otherwise, is palpably apathetic to the Hallmark Holiday. One adjective that isn’t often associated with the “holiday” is ‘Fun.’ But that’s not the stance taken by The Make-Out Party Orchestra. For the 12th time in as […]

After nearly a decade-and-a-half hiatus away from music (at least in terms of performing as a group) Brendan Canty and Joe Lally are coming back to the stage with guitarist Anthony Pirog as The Messthetics. Canty and Lally spent the late ’80s and most of the ’90s shredding stages across the world as part of the […]

Chris Gantry, is the singer, songwriter and storyteller from Nashville who’s work has echoed across the country for nearly half a century. He’s worked with some of the most brilliant literary and musical minds in this century and on February 22, he lands on the Hideout stage with special guest, Jon Langford, to play a record […]

Every January, for the past 27 years, we gather in the Hideout’s back room to celebrate an event near and dear the heart of the Hideout: The Tims Party. It’s a time to celebrate the people who’ve helped make the Hideout such a special place over the years (coincidentally many of those people happen to […]

Sarah Sherman, the genius behind the squirmy, cring-i-ly hilarious HELLTRAP NIGHTMARE, sat down with Chicago Magazine last week on the eve of her comedic collaboration with Wham City to talk about the origins of HELLTRAP NIGHTMARE (which, in a sense, grew up in the Hideout), her feelings on standup, growing up in New York and more, […]

There’s something about combining alcohol and bathrooms that evokes an artistic drive (if that’s what you want to call it) in people. And while some bars and venues choose to take a fresh coat of pain to their walls every few months, we’ve never minded the drawings, poems and proclamations that climb the walls of […]

The Hideout’s very own Lawrence Peters and his band the Lawrence Peters Outfit has been nominated for ‘Best Honky Tonk Band’ at the 2018 Ameripolitan Music Awards. The band’s headed down to Memphis for the awards ceremony, which takes place on February 13th, but you can vote for them online through January 11th at this link. […]