You’d have a hard time finding anyone in Chicago who has visited this tiny bar/live music venue and didn’t immediately fall in love. To call it “beloved” (as Hideout does on its Twitter account) is an understatement right up there with calling Chicago winters cold. Located in an obscure industrial sliver of land far from the typical bar/restaurant circuit, there is little to signal the existence of this 100-year-old balloon frame house from the exterior other than a vintage Old Style sign out front. Inside, the scene is fun and communal, with a cool basement-vibe back room showcasing live music as well as other occasional assorted weirdness from storytelling to comedy to something called “veggie bingo.” Stop by on warm Fridays for their exuberant Picnics on the Porch outdoor music series, and leave with a lifelong allegiance to the place.
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