There is a little bar in the city that is one of my all time favorite places. The Hideout is an old house in the middle of a warehouse area adjacent to the city public works parking lot. From the outside it is the most unassuming building but on the inside, it is a magical place with a colorful history. They always have an innovative cutting edge musical lineup but they provide more than music. They offer community & fellowship. Its the type of place where everyone knows each other, even in the midst of a big city.
They have weekly soup & bread nights in the winter when a variety of people provide fabulous array of foods and the eager patrons donate money to enjoy. In the summer they have Veggie Bingo which includes hot dogs & salads & bingo. Again donations, all of which go to the different local food pantries or urban gardens.
Another monthly event is one I went to Friday night. Its called The Interview Show hosted by Mark Baser. The variety of guests on his show is unlike anywhere else. Last night he interviewed a local chef/restaurant owner. She is a renowned pastry chef who has been able to use her talents to help make baked goods for the medical dispensaries in Illinois. Next was a local artist who created Flyboy, sold art to the likes of JayZ and designed basketball shoes for Carmello Anthony. The schedule also included a blues musician who by day drives for the CTA while at night plays clubs around the city and the world and just released an album for Alligator Records and then in the mix with all of those personalities was the former Governor Pat Quinn. This eclectic group of incredibly interesting people interviewed with skill and humor in front of a small group of maybe 50 people in a little bar. I felt privileged to have been a part of the night.
As with all things that are incredibly good, they get discovered by larger crowds. The Interview Show has been signed on by WTTW and will be on after Check Please in April. I’m sure that it will continue to be well done and Mark Baser will continue to be a regular guy who likes to ask questions, I just hope that I can still get to be one of the lucky 50 people who get to watch in the little Hideout