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1354 W Wabansia Ave Chicago, IL 60642
1354 West Wabansia AvenueUSIllinoisChicago60642
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Prohibition-era bar in a small space that hosts all kinds of live music & dancing on Saturday night.- Google
"Great gem of a bar and music venue."
13 reviewers
"Fantastic outdoor music fest Hideout block party for the end of the summer."
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Nick Obis
5 months ago
The Hideout is one of those intimate clubs that seems to always maintain its laid back, low key vibe, even for sold out, high profile shows. It's a perfect venue for singers like Kelly Hogan and Nora O'Connor, but I love that they also get creative with, for instance, recent residency programs with International Contemporary Ensemble, Chicago Film Archives, and Theater Oobleck, or Robbie Fulks' open-ended Monday night residency, where he tries out ideas like a tribute to Lou Reed with actor Michael Shannon. The draft beer menu is reliable and well-priced, the staff is friendly, the owners are wonderful, and there's something to check out -- music, comedy, spoken word -- every night of the week. A true Chicago gem.
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Jordan Wilhelmi
5 months ago
What an unbelievably cool venue. I was never hip enough to attend a house party with live music, but I'd like to imagine they were as cool as this. Step inside the hideout and get lost in your early college days when life could be lived carelessly and free from inhibitions. The Hideout is THE place to catch the next up-and-coming band before they make it big, and you couldn't ask for more intimate and authentic experience.
Paradise Waits
2 months ago
Love the Hideout but could do without the owners excessive rant about politics. Came to see the music and it was awesome. Republicans like Robbie Fulks too.
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Jennifer M.
6 months ago
I can only review the outside of the bar since I was there for AV Club Fest. The bar is pretty far away from a train station but it's still walkable on a nice day. They have lots of live lit readings for the literary crowd. The once yearly music festival out front is pretty low key and chill which is a nice change of pace from the huge music festivals throughout the city.
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Nikki Hartel
5 months ago
Great shows and really cool staff people! Plus the block party is an event one should never miss. They also value social responsibility by having their block party benefit charities like Foundations of Music, which RULES : ) Outside of concerts they also host potlucks and neat gatherings. This place is a Chicago gem!
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Chicago Bar Bracket
6 months ago
The Hideout is not a bar you’ll find on accident, nor is it one that you’ll accidentally forget. Our group ended up at The Hideout as part of the Chicago Bar Bracket - an NCAA tournament style bracket to find the best bar in Chicago. Without this endeavor I don’t think any of us would have ever stumbled upon this gem that this been in operation since the 1890’s. Yes, that even includes Prohibition, and no, they weren’t a speakeasy. Apparently they just kept operating as a bar as if Prohibition wasn’t even a thing. So Chicago. Once you figure out where the bar is, ignore it’s somewhat industrial neighborhood, and stop caring about the fact that it looks like an average tied house with an Old Style sign out front, you’ll find a damn good bar. The cocktails we had didn’t blow us away, but they did have a house cocktail which managed to get us a bit buzzed after one of them, the Wooden Leg: Rye, soda, lemon & bitters. Also, Lawrence, the bartender, in addition to being a good guy to chat with was also very knowledgeable about the beers on tap. I had already tried every one of them on previous occasions, but still enjoyed him giving us the rundown on the beers and it seemed like he was well suited to help someone find what they like. Unfortunately we weren’t there late enough for a show, but fortunately they had a pretty legit and relaxed patio with a couple of picnic tables. That was great because even though the inside was fine it might have been a hair too divey to hang out inside without a crowd there yet. Overall the bar was a great experience and very relaxed. The service was great & I even noticed the Bartender adjusting the volume of the music as he noticed our group is in more of a conversational mood. Definitely my sort of dive bar, and definitely worth going out of the way for. I’ll for sure make an effort to come back to the bar for a show - hopefully for the bartender’s band, The Lawrence Peters Outfit. As for how it fared in it’s Chicago Bar Bracket matchup against Delilah’s, unfortunately, The Hideout fell just short because Delilah’s bartenders made some killer cocktails.
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Todd Jones
7 months ago
The Hideout is a homey bar tucked away between I-90 and the river. They have a small stage for live performances and they host great events throughout the year. They've become famous for their "Veggie Bingo" during the summer months and "Soup & Bread" during Chicago's long, miserable winters. It's a place you've got to visit at least once and it's very likely that you'll soon be back for more.
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Kathryn Connolly
5 months ago
Hidden away in a little cranny of Chicago, this place is a beautiful gem of a bar, music venue, and all around community gathering space. I've been here to see high-profile acts, my cousins Beatles for beginners guitar class, for a soup night, the Block Party, etc. I'm always checking their calendar for events. It's always laid back and I love it.