The Hideout

1354 West Wabansia Ave


The Hideout is a regular guy bar for irregular folks who just don’t fit in, or just don’t want to fit in. We didn’t choose the name; it has been called the Hideout since it opened (legally) in 1934.

The Hideout is a 100 year old balloon-frame house, built in two days, still here a century later. Hammers pounding in nails faster than the city could tear it down. Built by undocumented workers at the end of the 19th Century, run by undocumented bootleggers and gin runners, running numbers, racing horses, making deals, and moving in the make.

The Hideout is the place where the hard working man and the hard working hustler met for beer and eggs. Where the “26 girls” rolled the dice for dances and 10 cent drinks.

Born as a 19th Century Shanty, straight from the mud by ditch-digging Irishmen with dirty boots and hats, always hats, pushed aside by the nickel and dime Prohibition Era Sicilian button men. Cold War steel working Polish made way for the alternative, indie, free jazz, country, punk, post-rock of the 21st Century.

Haunted, holy, hallowed ground. Born of risk and haste, from a shack to a house, then a Public House. Hearty drinking, where everyone buys a round for everyone else. Family and friends, friends of friends, word of mouth, hand to mouth.

The Hideout, same name since they made the juice legal, no sign on the outside, inside, and insiders only. Once inside we're as thick as thieves. A clandestine destination with a guaranteed good time.

The Hideout is the last hold-out of the rebel club. It is located in the center of the industrial corridor along the North Branch of the Chicago River. It is surrounded by factories, and the looming City of Chicago Fleet Management Facility. Every night for over a decade, punk rock, alt-country, indie rock, post-rock whatever, break out their instruments and play like it is the last night on earth.


Jeff Narducci

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

Always love coming to the Hideout, small venue with great sound. Great place to see acts up close and more personal.

Jaspar Thewes

Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

Lovely bar, great staff, wonderful venue. Looking forward to seeing more shows there

Debra LaRocco

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

If you love good live indie music in a place that also loves and whole heartedly supports it, you gotta go.

Patrick Sundlof

Monday, Sep. 18, 2017

I played this place with my 10 piece band, I cant say what an amazing place this is to play. The green room, staff, and ambiance are yet to be matched. The sound guy working that night was attentive and made our band sound the best it has ever been live. The drummer and I laughed in the middle of the set because we could finally hear all the parts of the tuba, violin, cello, flute, and PAKAHAWAJ.

Tony Boylan

Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

Great place, super friendly people, talented and unique entertainment selection.

Upcoming Events at The Hideout

One Year Chekov: 'Ivanov' Round 3!

Monday, Jan 29, 2018 at 7:00pm
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Ruby Boots 'Don't Talk About It' Album Release Show!

Friday, Feb 9, 2018 at 9:00pm
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