Midwest Living Review
It's no secret now (but it was until it "legally" opened in 1934) that juke joint dive bar Hideout has always served honest working man's libations, jiving live music and good company. Wedged between factory warehouses on Chicago's gritty, industrial northwest side, the 100-year-old, dilapidated road house with barred windows once run by bootleggers and bookies today caters to an unpretentious, edgy, 21-and-older crowd. Workingmen and women hang out at the basic bar jawin' over a cold one, $3-$5 beers (Leinenkugel, Bud, Miller, Amstel) and cheap, tasty Overholt whiskey. No food is served, but you can bring your own or get it delivered. Nightly, indie rock and jazz bands pack Hideout's back room, retro-cool Chinook Lounge (cover charged). Tuesday is country, Wednesday jazz, and Thursday through Saturday indie rock; shows start around 9 p.m. playing on the mangy stage until midnight. After the Saturday shows, DJ Dance Parties kick in with patrons rockin' out on the sticky, checkered linoleum floor under the shimmering disco ball and glassy-eyed gaze of a Hemingway-size sailfish. Hideout is a happening place for artists. Literary readings, poetry jams and the Dirty Needles Chicago knitting club hang here. Folks from all walks of life are welcome here (except Republicans and warmongers, according to Hideout's website). Come on in for the winter Soup and Bread suppers, Veggie Bingo nights and an annual fall Block Party. Free parking is plentiful across from the City of Chicago's Fleet Management fenced-in lot of garbage and fire trucks.