The Hideout is a 19th century wood frame house, built by hard working Irishmen who came to Chicago to dig the subways, dredge the river, and pour the steel that made the 20th century the American Century. The Hideout went from a shanty shack to a family house, and then in 1919 to a Public House. Through the Great War, The Prohibition, the Great Depression, and World War II, workers came to the Hideout to talk, laugh, conspire and organize. Art Shay and Nelson Algren would wander in and crawl out of the Hideout in the 1950s. Through the Great Divide and the Great Society, steel workers, cabinet makers, printers, welders, salesmen, truck drivers and City workers all hung out at the Hideout.
In 1996, four old friends and regulars, Tim and Katie Tuten, and Jim and Mike Hinchsliff bought the Hideout, kept the original name (since 1934) and started playing music, from blues, punk rock, alt-country, indie rock, post-rock, jazz, classical, all with the spirit of creativity and community. Today the Hideout is a "public house" in the real sense. A place where artists and writers can try out new material. Where local organizations can raise money for good causes, where patrons can discuss and debate the topics of the street and the world.
But always, always, the Hideout is the place where three centuries of Chicago's workers have come. Once they welded the the iron rails that crossed America, now they record the songs that traverse the world-wide web. From a humble little house built by Irish squatters to great halls of Dublin Ireland where Glen Hansard performs, the humble Hideout, built on the muddy banks of the North Branch, now sends out it's sound and soul to the world. Like Studs Terkel himself, the little guy, who worked hard enough and lived long enough to make sure that Chicago's true sound and soul would be heard by the world.