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.


Scott Logsdon

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Great spot still going strong after years. Reasonably priced beverages and great entertainment.

John Schmitt

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Love this joint. I'd give it five stars if it was in just about any other Midwestern city, but Chicago is easily the best city in the Midwest for live music and music venues, and it's easily in the top three cities in the whole country for such things. So, since The Hideout has so much excellent competition in Chicago, it only gets four stars, as venues like Metro, Lincoln Hall, Double Door, etc., get five stars. But this place has an awesome vibe. The atmosphere is excellent: tiny place with a cool front bar; the live room is in the back and is similar to the live rooms at Beat Kitchen & Schuba's, albeit a bit smaller than those joints, but it's a great place to see smaller bands as well as just to hang out.

Doug Bright

Friday, April 7, 2017

Too many tickets sold for a comedy show, but could imagine the space works nicely for music shows. Cool little bar in front.

Kamentha Pillay

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017

Went to see a friend of a friend's band last night, and was thrilled with this place! Bar has a great vibe, service was great, ATM was a little slow, but did work! Will definitely recommend to others and be back sometime!

Luke Michael Grimes

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Off the beaten path local bar with exceptional live music and an ambiance that is difficult to find. Almost as if you've stumbled across a big ol house party in a remote area.