• The Hideout in its pre-sidewalk renovation days

While I’m all for celebrating birthdays and wedding anniversaries, I don’t think the anniversary of a business is particularly noteworthy. That said, I’m very happy that the Hideout is another year older. Over the past dozen years or so I’ve probably gone there to hear music more than to any other club in Chicago. Other bars in town offer programming that’s as eclectic and interesting, but I never feel as comfortable or as relaxed at those places as I do at the Hideout. Part of why I love it is that I hate the idea of nightclubs as destinations or entertainment centers—the Hideout is just a place to hang out, with no showbiz or music-industry bullshit attached. It’s like a corner bar, except with great bands.