Hideout Chicago
Chicago city in Illinois in the United States map
Hideout Chicago
Location in Chicago
Chicago city in Illinois in the United States map
Hideout Chicago
Location in Illinois
Chicago city in Illinois in the United States map
Hideout Chicago
Location in the United States
Alternative namesHideout Inn
General information
TypeBalloon-frame house
Address1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Town or cityChicago, Illinois
CountryUnited States
Coordinates41°54′50″N 87°39′45″W / 41.9138°N 87.6625°W / 41.9138; -87.6625Coordinates: 41°54′50″N 87°39′45″W / 41.9138°N 87.6625°W / 41.9138; -87.6625
Groundbreaking1881 (1881)
Opened1933 (1933)
RenovatedOctober 1996 (1996-10)
OwnerTim and Katie Tuten
Mike and Jim Hinchsliff
Known forNeighborhood bar
Music venue
Other information
Seating typeGeneral admission
Seating capacity100
The Bottle Rockets performing at the Hideout in Chicago on November 21, 2015
The Bottle Rockets performing at the Hideout in Chicago on November 21, 2015

Hideout Chicago, also known as Hideout Inn, is a music venue and former factory bar located in an industrial area between the Lincoln Park and Bucktown neighborhoods of Chicago in the Elston Avenue Industrial Corridor.[1] It has been a key Chicago live music venue since it was purchased by friends Tim and Katie Tuten and Mike and Jim Hinchsliff in 1996. When not hosting live music or other events, for some years the Hideout continued to operate as a local neighborhood bar, but as of 2018 is only open in the evenings.[2]


The Hideout is a balloon-frame house built in 1881 as a boarding house for nearby factory workers.[3][4] In 1916, the building became a public house, which began serving alcohol around 1919 as a prohibition-era neighborhood tavern and speakeasy.[3][1][5] In 1934, after Prohibition ended, it became a legal bar with the name the "Hideout".[6] Anecdotally, it came to be called the "Hideout" because of its remote location in an industrial, non-residential zone filled with factories and warehouses next to where the Chicago Department of Fleet Management stored snow plows until about 2016.[7][8]

In 1947, Angelo "Sax" Favia took over the Hideout.[citation needed] His nephew Phil Favia and Phil's wife Eleanor “Chuckie” Favia helped Sax build the back room with their honeymoon money in 1954.[citation needed] The Favia family ran the Hideout as an unmarked bar until 1996, during which time it was frequented by locals employed in area warehouses and factories such as U.S. Steel and Procter & Gamble.[9][3]

Phil Favia died in 1994; in 1996, Eleanor Favia sold the bar to Tim Tuten, a Chicago Public Schools teacher, his wife Katie Tuten, who worked for Catholic Charities, and identical twin brothers Mike Hinchsliff, a paper salesman, and Jim Hinchsliff, a financial analyst.[9] Katie Tuten's father had been a regular at The Hideout when it was an unmarked bar whose location was not widely shared. Once she found the bar around 1986, she and Tim Tuten became regulars there.[9] As of the end of 2019, the Tutens and Hinchsliffs continue to co-own and co-run the Hideout.[10][11] In 2020, Katie Tuten used her experience as co-chair of the Chicago Independent Venue League (CIVL) to help found the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), which campaigns for public funding to help keep performance venues, such as the Hideout, solvent during the COVID-19 pandemic.[12]

As of 2018, the Hideout has a patio-like front porch with picnic table seating, a front bar located in the original building, and a back performance area inside the 1954 addition.[13]

North Branch Industrial Corridor

Hideout Chicago is located in Chicago's North Branch Industrial Corridor, an area that had been zoned and used for manufacturing and other industrial purposes.[8] In July 2017, the city of Chicago passed an ordinance allowing much of the North Branch Industrial Corridor to be zoned for mixed-use development.[14] There are concerns that the Hideout could be impacted by proposed "Lincoln Yards" development of the area[8][15] but, as of July 2018, the Hideout plans to stay in business.[16]

Programming and events

Hideout Chicago is best known for its music performances. Regular performers include house band Devil in a Woodpile[9] and Robbie Fulks, who was an artist-in-residence from 2011 until 2017.[17]

The Hideout Block Party was a weekend-long music festival held almost every year between 1996 and 2017.[18][19] The Hideout Block Party started as a small party with a few hundred attendees and later drew upwards of 7000 attendees.[20]

Hideout Chicago also hosts a number of non-music events. Regular community events include[when?] Soup & Bread, started by Martha Bayne, which has since spread to other cities;[21] First Tuesdays, hosted by Chicago Reader reporter Ben Joravsky and ProPublica reporter Mick Dumke;[22] and The Interview Show hosted by Mark Bazer.[23]

Awards and honors

In 2017, the Chicago Tribune compared spending time at the Hideout to being in a tavern that resembles the family living room, albeit with legendary music in the back lounge.[24] Listing Hideout Chicago as one of the top 10 must-visit places in Chicago, The Guardian called it a beloved local bar that is both friendly and a musical institution.[13] The Hideout has also been recognized nationally in several lists:


  1. ^ a b Parnell, Sean (2010). "Hideout". Historic Bars of Chicago: A Guide to the 100 Most Historic Neighborhood Taverns, Blues Bars, Jazz Clubs, Cocktail Lounges, Sports Bars, Nightclubs, Bierstubes, Rock & Punk Clubs, and Dives of Chicago. Chicago, IL: Lake Claremont Press. pp. 88–89. ISBN 978-1-893-12182-9. OCLC 428027352.
  2. ^ "The Hideout". The Hideout. Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  3. ^ a b c Schroering, Heather (8 December 2016). "From working class to working artist, The Hideout is more than a music club". RedEye Chicago. Chicago Tribune.
  4. ^ Legaspi, Althea; Tuten, Katie; Tuten, Ted (22 September 2011). "15 years of music and block parties at The Hideout" (Audio interview includes transcript). WBEZ.
  5. ^ Loerzel, Robert (13 September 2016). "Hideout 20-Year Reunion". Underground Bee.
  6. ^ Borrelli, Christopher (22 September 2011). "A day at The Hideout. The Hideout's longevity steeped in loyalty: From humble beginnings without a PA or business plan, the joint on Wabansia might be Chicago's best music spot". Chicago Tribune.
  7. ^ Bizzarri, Amy (2015). Discovering Vintage Chicago: A Guide to the City's Timeless Shops, Bars, Delis & More. Guilford, Connecticut: GPP. pp. 59–61. ISBN 978-1-493-01406-4. OCLC 919431277.
  8. ^ a b c Joravsky, Ben (4 October 2017). "Does the North Branch Industrial Corridor Modernization Plan spell the end of the Hideout?". Chicago Reader.
  9. ^ a b c d Margasak, Peter (20 August 1998). "Will Success Spoil the Hideout?". Chicago Reader.
  10. ^ Keenehan, Sean (20 August 2015). "The Hideout Brings a Little 'Rebel' to the Riverwalk". Chicago Tonight. WWTW.
  11. ^ Kot, Greg (December 23, 2019). "Chicagoans of the year in music: Tim and Katie Tuten, Jim and Mike Hinchsliff and the Hideout community that make it more than just a concert venue". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2020-01-02.
  12. ^ Rivers, Lydia (October 8, 2020). "Chicago's independent venues are running out of time to reopen". The Daily Northwestern. Retrieved 2021-03-06.
  13. ^ a b Gentile, Jay (16 April 2018). "A local's guide to Chicago: 10 top tips". The Guardian.
  14. ^ Koziarz, Jay (July 27, 2017). "Chicago City Council approves sweeping North Branch zoning ordinance". Curbed Chicago.
  15. ^ Galil, Leor (May 17, 2018). "Colossal concert promoter Live Nation adds its financial muscle to the Lincoln Yards development". RedEye Chicago. Chicago Tribune.
  16. ^ Chu, Louisa (20 July 2018). "Hideout, DMK restaurants plan to stay as Lincoln Yards builds, Stanley's Grill unsure". Chicago Tribune.
  17. ^ Arado, Matt (11 January 2017). "Robbie Fulks wrapping up local music residency, looking to Grammys". Daily Herald.
  18. ^ Pollock, Matt (15 May 2015). "Hideout Block Party/A.V. Fest Isn't Happening This Year". Chicago.
  19. ^ Rousseau, Bill (24 September 2017). "The 'Small but Potent' Hideout Block Party Carries On". Hideout. Retrieved 2019-07-22.
  20. ^ Sudo, Chuck (6 September 2013). "Interview: Tim Tuten Talks (And TALKS) About The Hideout Block Party". Chicagoist.
  21. ^ Borrelli, Christopher (18 August 2017). "'Rust Belt' and its editor aim to capture spirit of Chicago". Chicago Tribune.
  22. ^ Joravsky, Ben (14 March 2014). "First Tuesdays at the Hideout with me and Mick Dumke!". Chicago Reader.
  23. ^ Metz, Nina (31 March 2016). "'The Interview Show' at The Hideout comes into the light for TV". Chicago Tribune.
  24. ^ Schroering, Heather (2 March 2017). "A Chicago bar for every occasion". RedEye Chicago. Chicago Tribune.
  25. ^ Allen, Ted (14 March 2007). "Esquire's Best Bars in America, 2006". Esquire.
  26. ^ "Esquire's Best Bars in America, The Complete List: 58. Hideout, Chicago". Esquire. 2011.
  27. ^ "The Hideout". 10Best, USA Today. 2015.
  28. ^ Kivel, Adam (29 April 2016). "The 100 Greatest American Music Venues: 20. The Hideout (Chicago, IL)". Consequence of Sound.

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