The Hideout

Bar / Live Music Venue
The Hideout Literally hidden down an industrial alley and sandwiched between a sea of factories and abandoned brick buildings, The Hideout has been doling out liquor and live beats since the early twentieth century, and has the musical... Chicago United States 41.913697 -87.662468
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The Hideout - Bar | Live Music Venue in Chicago.
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Party Earth Review Literally hidden down an industrial alley and sandwiched between a sea of factories and abandoned brick buildings, The Hideout has been doling out liquor and live beats since the early twentieth century, and has the... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Tu 7pm–2am, W–F 4pm–2am, Sa 7pm–3am; M, Su for special events

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Hideout Review

The Scene

Literally hidden down an industrial alley and sandwiched between a sea of factories and abandoned brick buildings, The Hideout has been doling out liquor and live beats since the early twentieth century, and has the musical...

Literally hidden down an industrial alley and sandwiched between a sea of factories and abandoned brick buildings, The Hideout has been doling out liquor and live beats since the early twentieth century, and has the musical resume to prove it.

Unmarked save for a generic beer ad, the only evidence of the venue’s existence is the crush of music insiders and creative types that crowd around the door before every show.

Consisting of a single large room containing the bar, dance, and performance areas, the space looks more like a modest living room than a bar, with a décor limited to simple wood paneling, dozens of band posters pinned to the walls, and a mishmash of local art and trophy fish.

Groupies and rockabillies flood the dark dance floor near the intimate stage, which has seen the likes of the The White Stripes, Flaming Lips, Neko Case, and violin-rocker Andrew Bird.

When the place isn’t rocking out to live music, DJs show up to spin tunes, often accompanied by artistic films or performance art projected on the wall behind them.

No matter who is playing, The Hideout has a loyal following that shows no sign of fading away.

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Tip from Jonah:

You probably don’t want to metro here unless you’re in a group or you’re a black belt in karate. The upside is that street parking is easier in this industrial neighborhood.

  • Crowd

    A musically savvy mix of hipsters, music insiders, groupies, and live performance lovers, mid-20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live music nightly. Weekly soup dinners to benefit hunger relief in Chicago, DJ dance parties, monthly interview shows. See online calendar for schedule of events.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Soup dinners on Wednesdays only.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $5–$10. Beer $3–$7, wine $4–$9, cocktails $5–$8.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Rocker/hipster casual: plaid, wallets with chains, skinny jeans, gelled hair.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Busy every night, so any time there’s an act of interest playing.

The Hideout User Reviews

Average rating:
Off the beaten track...
Maria S. Mar 28, 2013
The Hideout is a really fun venue. In addition to the aforementioned soup and bread night, there are nights dedicated to music, movies, comedy, and writing. You can discover a new band, re-examine different art genres, or geek out over your favorite classics. The Hideout house welcomes you with a front bar area that opens to a pretty expansive music room. If you're looking for something a little more laid back and unique, The Hideout is a good option.
Soup and bread night!
Christina W. Dec 10, 2012
The Hideout is the most amazing place. Unfortunately I no longer live in Chicago, and I regret never having gone to a concert or dance party at the Hideout, because I have heard only positive things. The thing I did visit the Hideout for was the Soup and Bread night! Every Wednesday, the Hideout finds local artists, musicians, etc to volunteer to make a big pot of soup and come serve it at the bar on Wednesday nights. Usually there are 5 or 6 soups (artists?) to choose from, along with a giant basket of bread, and for a donation of your choice ($5-$10 suggested) you can eat all the soup and bread you want, enjoy a beer, and hang out with friends. It might be the coolest bar event I have ever attended!
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