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Windy City Times Looks Back on the Hideout Block Party

Even amidst Chicago’s end-of-summer music festival monoliths, the Hideout’s 21st Block Party stood it’s ground among the likes of Lollapalooza & Riot Fest. This year’s block party did feel a bit strange without our usual block party rainstorm, though we managed a heatwave. Windy City Times, better late than never, released a recap of this year’s party, with a full photo gallery. Take a read and a look. 

Foundations of Music Honors the Hideout

Foundations of Music (FoM) honors The Hideout with its annual ‘Crystal Brick in the Wall’ Award for contributions to providing CPS children of all means with access to music education and fulfilling FoM’s mission of ‘Music for Every Child’.

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We’re incredibly honored to be a part of such an important and influential organization. Music should always be a right, and not a privilege, and we’ll fight for that sentiment as long as we’re able. Thank-you to everyone who makes us who we are!

Tributes (in the order they appear) include Jon and Jennifer Rauhouse, Freakwater (Catherine Irwin and Janet Bean), Jon Langford, Nora O’Connor, Kelly Hogan, Nicholas Tremulis, Greg Kot, Jim Derogatis, Jodie Bultman, Arne Duncan, Alejandro Escovedo, Sir Thomas Dunning, Kathleen Judge, and Julia Cardis. Videography courtesy of AudioTree and Harry Kane. Additional Photography courtesy of Beckett Hinchsliff.

Videography courtesy of AudioTree and Harry Kane. Additional Photography courtesy of Beckett Hinchsliff.

Recap of the 21st Hideout Block Party

We had an absolute blast this past weekend. It might have been a bit hot, which we’ll take over the rain the Block Party usually brings, but the food was delicious, the beer was cold and the stage was rockin’ for two straight days. If you didn’t have a chance to make it out, or you simply want to re-live the glory that was the 21st Hideout Block Party, Chicago Magazine did a full recap.


(Photo: Max Herman)

“A Mighty Pillar of the Chicago Music Scene”

“But the Hideout’s relative isolation is actually a big part of the reason why hundreds flock there every week: The place isn’t in any visible community, so it built one of its own.”


Aaron Cohen, a freelancer and writer for FAR, an online publication dedicated to uncovering authenticity and originality amongst the throngs of music, entertainment and food, took to the mighty task of sifting through dive bars and music halls across the city looking for what he believes to be resting at the foundation of Chicago’s music scene. What he found was the Hideout and Robbie Fulks.

Take a read of one of the best profiles our little bar has ever gotten, and an artist and residency as old as the Hideout itself.

The ‘Small but Potent’ Hideout Block Party Carries On

After nearly 15,000 people crammed into the Industrial corridor at the crux of Wabansia and Ada St. in 2014 it was unclear if the Hideout’s Block Party would carry on in the direction it was headed. The Hideout has never been about flash, or the bottom line, it’s always been about the people.

That’s what Tim Tuten’s always said, “The last one was in 2014, and we had 7,000 people each day, with Death Cab for Cutie and the War on Drugs. But we had a bad rainstorm the first night, and we almost had to call it off. It just came over me, I kept thinking we want the biggest festival we can to pack into our block. I was caught in a race to get bigger, and I realized it was a trap…The Hideout needs to be small and well-curated. We got back to the idea of what’s more fun, what’s better — standing with 100,000 people in a big field or going to a backyard barbecue?”

Today marks day 2 of the Hideout’s 21st Annual Hideout Block Party. It’s not as big as it once was but it’s exactly what it’s supposed to be. Greg Kot, of Sound Opinions and The Chicago Tribune, sat down with Tim to talk this year’s Block Party, the future of the bar in the face of impeding gentrification and where it all fits into Chicago’s broader entertainment scene . Take a read here.

(Photos by Christine Connelly / for RedEye)

Tim Tuten on WGN Radio

WGN Radio host Dave Hoesktra sat down with Hideout President, Tim Tuten, to discuss the return of the Hideout’s 21st Annual Block Party, which hits Wabansia September 23rd & 24th. The two also talked about Tuten’s early years in Chicago, and at the Hideout, the bar’s aesthetic inspiration, as well as the 60th birthdays of some Hideout musical mainstays that sit at the center of this year’s Block party. Take a listen here.

Hideout Block Party Receives Mention Amongst Riot Fest & Jay-Z

Fall in Chicago means a few things: school’s back in session, beaches are closed, playoff baseball is looming in the distance and an onslaught of concerts, tours and album releases are about to descend upon this city. The Chicago Tribune has done their very best to highlight the very best of what is yet to come. There’s the big names of course: Riot Fest, Harry Styles, Jay-Z; but among the star-studded cast of musical genius that sits at our city’s doorstep, is the Hideout’s 21st Annual Block Party.

“The little-music-joint-that-could stages another end-of-summer bash that will include local stalwarts Eleventh Dream Day and a 20th anniversary celebration of Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio, plus appearances from Yo La Tengo alter-egos the Condo F—-, Screaming Females, Man or Astro Man? and more..”

World Music Festival Hits the Hideout

We always like to think we consistently sport an eclectic set of programming, but over the course of the next few weeks we’ll expand that ideal further as we play host to a pair of World Music Festival shows. Over the course of the next two weeks Chicago becomes home to over 40 bands from 20 different nations converging on various (free) venues all over the city to bring a taste of sound from all corners of the globe. Hit the link for an interview with the festival’s curator and more details. 

Lonely Planet Loves the Hideout

Lonely Planet, the go-to travel guide for vacations, tourism and entertainment far and wide, sat down to construct a list of the best music venues Chicago has to offer. There were the usual suspects: The Empty Bottle, The Green Mill, House of Blues. But among Chicago’s musical monoliths sat the Hideout. Recognized for our diverse programming and even more eclectic patronage, the Hideout, time and again, is acknowledged for its importance within Chicago’s musical community.

“You’d be hard pressed to find anywhere in Chicago that is more fun than The Hideout… At this laid back and friendly joint, you can chat up locals at the front bar before making your way to the Christmas-light adorned back room where the stage is set for all manner of acts from bands and comics to poetry and Shakespeare. You never quite know what you’re going to see, but you can be pretty damn sure you’re going to enjoy it.”

Is This Year’s Hideout Block Party the Last Hurrah

Chicago Magazine sat down with Tim Tuten to discuss the history of the bar, this year’s upcoming block party and the potential effects the city’s rezoning of the industrial corridor might have on the bar. The Hideout’s been here for the past hundred years and we’re grounded in our belief that it’ll be right where it stands for a hundred more; take a read to get an inside scoop on this year’s block party.



“We were here in the 19th century, in the 20th century, and we’re still here in the 21st century. We plan on being at this location another 100 years…We also have a strong sense of community. That’s never going to change regardless of how or where we have the party. The world around us can change, but the things that make this place—the inner sense of community—will always stay strong. You see it at the block party, and if you drop by on any given night, you can see it and feel it.”–Hideout President Tim Tuten