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Music 45 ‘Who Keeps Chicago in Tune’: The Hideout

Every year New City Music (Music 45), an online publication reviewing, detailing and profiling all things music, puts out a list of Chicagoans dedicated to providing and sustaining outlets and platforms for the city’s ever-changing and evolving musical community.  We made this year’s list (#18) for our musical diversity and our other multi-faceted programming and patronage. “Still best known as a rock and folk club…it’s also branched into hip-hop and LGBTQ dance nights, and expanded its non-musical palette, which already included poetry and spoken-word events, to incorporate comedy showcases and political action meetings.”

Hideout Block Party Poster

The poster for this year’s Block Party has been released! We wanted to give a special shoutout to our dear friend Kathleen Judge who designed the poster–you can check out more of her work at her website. Hope to see y’all at the Block Party!

The Hideout Block Party’s Triumphant Return!

I guess you could say we it’s been a few years since we’ve hosted a block party akin to those summoned thousands to Chicago’s tucked away industrial corridor. After last year’s block party, our 20th anniversary celebration, took the anomalous 1-day approach we are back to a jam-packed, weekend long block party this coming September. Along with this year’s 21st anniversary ironically marking our arrival at the legal drinking age, it is also represents the 60th anniversary of the Sputnik launch (and the 60th birthday celebration for of a lot of our musical friends) and the 20th anniversary of Electrical Audio. So we figured we’d get back to our big party ways. Shout out to Timeout and Chicagoist for the previews.

This year’s block party is scheduled as follows:
Sat. 9/23/17 –
60th Birthday Party for Sputnik!
Eleventh Dream Day
Condo Fucks
Jon Langford & Skull Orchard
75 Dollar Bill 
Antietam the Band 
Plastic Crimewave Vision Celestial Guitarkestra
Illinois Humanities Crowd-Out-Chicago 2nd Ward Choir

Sun. 9/24/17 –
Electrical Audio 20th Anniversary Party.
Man or Astro-man?
Screaming Females
Nina Natasia
Shannon Wright
Mint Mile

Proceeds from the party will help support Foundations Of Music

Hideout listed as a healthy alternative Lollapalooza weekend

Every year in the build-up to the craziness that is Lollapalooza weekend, Timeout Magazine   puts together a list of alternate activities, musical and non, for anyone looking to avoid the hoards of drunken suburban ex-pats (that’s not meant to be mean, that’s just Lolla as we now know it). Along with various movie-theaters, live-streaming Lolla from your couch, entering the Hamilton ticket lottery, exploring beaches and beer festivals, Picnics on the Porch (Aug. 4th Kelly Hogan & Scott Ligon) made the list. Swing by the Porch Friday night for a great show, a great meal and some great company.

Hideout + Other Chicago Venues Champion Openness, Expression & Inclusivity

The Hideout has never aimed to homogenize our patronage. So when the Tribune included us in an article last month depicting the various havens, spaces and homes in an exploration of Chicago’s nightlife and entertainment industry’s relationship with the LGBTQIA community, we were honored. From our programming to our staff to the people that walk through our doors everyday, we’ve remained cemented in the idea that best places, the most important places, are those that are rooted in individuality, diversity, self-expression and acceptance. We hope that everyone who comes to the Hideout knows that they will be treated with dignity, respect and understanding–and that we are proud to put out a program that caters to every corner of Chicago’s social spectrum. 



Paste Magazine Names The Hideout A Chicago Country Destination

While ‘Chicago’ and ‘Country Music’ may not ring through as synergetic to some, those who’ve been paying attention know the grandiose of the storied, and ever-evolving, lore of Chicago’s underground Country Music scene.  

Paste Magazine recently did its best to explore the artists, music and venues that comprise the pillars of Chicago Country music. After discussing the tenured impact of Robbie Fulks, Jon Langford, Devil in a Woodpile and Bloodshot Records, the author digresses into revealing the best places in the city to catch a country show. Atop that list sits The Hideout-take a read!

Helltrap Nightmare named “Best Underground Comedy Show” by Chicago Magazine

Our little swamp hag Sarah Sherman (aka Sarah Squirm) and her team of horrifyingly creative comedians birthed a show in a basement called Helltrap Nightmare just over a year-and-a-half ago and after only a hear out of warehouse DIY shows has quickly risen to “Best Underground Comedy Show” in Chicago Magazine’s Best of 2017 issue. Here’s what the publication had to say about the show:

“Ghoulish. Mystical. Grotesque. You’re not at Second City anymore. Coproducer Sarah Sherman performs a bawdy form of standup alongside a lineup that includes noise musicians and performance artists who share her fixation on the unpretty aspects of the human body. (A bag of pubic hair is a recurring prop.)” – Chicago Magazine

Hideout Voted Reader’s ‘Best Venue for Stand-Up’

Every year the Chicago Reader comes out with a list of best things to do in Chicago and the best places to do them. We’ve made appearances on the list in the past, but this year we made the list for a category we haven’t always been known for: comedy. We’ve spent the past years curating an arena for Chicago-based comics to perform and experiment and have become a comedy destination for shows both local and national. From HELLTRAP NIGHTMARE to Beth Stelling and Bobcat Goldthwait, we’ve seen just about every and any comedic form take to the Hideout stage. This year the Reader awarded us the ‘Best Venue for Stand-Up’


“An Evening in the Chinook Lounge” with Chef Mickey Neely

Mondays in July Chef Mickey Neely looks to pair the timeless allure of the Wisconsin Supper Club dining experience with a little bar tucked into Chicago’s industrial corridor, The Hideout.
The menu includes a 5-course meal and a cocktail menu made available from Campari. With seatings at 6:00 & 8:00 PM, and weekly dinner-time entertainment ranging from musicians, comedians, poets, and magicians, folks can swing by right after work or a little later on for the kind of Wisconsin opulence that summons palatable nostalgia—transporting us back to a kitchen, dinner table or conversation somewhere – all the while comfortably nestled around long, family-style banquet tables in the Hideout’s back hall, the Chinook Lounge.For those who want to enjoy the atmosphere, but want a more casual experience, fresh made sandwiches will be available in the front bar.
7/17 – AJ Sacco
7/31 – Bill Bullock 
Picnics on the Porch
Big Sadie on our Front Porch

Fridays this summer grab a blanket and head out and enjoy the warm weather the way you should! Starting at 6pm, the Hideout’s porch will come alive with sun-baked tunes and fresh picnic boxes made available for purchase at the event from Local Foods. Sponsored by Odell Brewing.

Poster By Laura Park

7/7 – Big Sadie

7/14 – Lady Parts (Kelly Hogan and Nora O’Connor)

7/21 – Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker

7/28 – The Lowest Pair

8/4 – Kelly Hogan & Scott Ligon

8/11 – Peter Oren

8/18 – Jack Klatt

8/25 – Lawrence Peters Outfit