By Joshua Mellin | September 27th, 2011
Nestled along the river, in between a land of desolate factories, sits a little dive bar equipped with a simple wooden stage, complete with white Christmas lights twinkling overhead year round and an ever-present green sign over the stage. The Hideout Inn is a cozy institution of Chicago rock.
Whether its seeing a friend’s band, catching Iron & Wine play a secret show, or listening to Jeff Tweedy recite lyrics to Black Eyed Peas songs, the little venue is a music lover’s mecca, and it seems everyone who visits comes away with lifelong memories.
A springboard for countless musicians, some of whom got their start behind the bar (like Neko Case & Kelly Hogan, who were once bartenders), or on the stage, over the years this quaint location has become a behemoth of the local music scene which continue to launch countless careers and host legendary artists, as this weekend’s 15th annual block party showcased a mix of both up-and-coming artists and bonafide legends.
Utilizing the adjacent parking lot normally used to house the cities garbage truck fleet, The Hideout fostered an incredible atmosphere. Along with a slew of delicious food trucks, there was ample supply of delicious craft beers.
Hideout President Tim Tuten cultivates a place where, like he explained, you can bring an instrument (which got one in for free) and start a band, and maybe end up on MTV… “not that we care about MTV,” but more importantly it’s a place where everyone benefits. Literally, the proceeds from the block party always go to support local charities, this year funds went to support the Rock For Kids Andrew Bird Scholarship Fund for public school students and Literacy Works Chicago.
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