The Hideout (Chicago)

According to The Hideout's autobiographical account, the bar is the "last hold out of the rebel club," where "every night for over a decade, punk rock, alt-country, indie rock, post-rock whatever, break out their instruments and play like it is the last night on earth." That's a hell of a boast, but a visit here removes any doubt. The original structure was a shack built as part of a scattershot shantytown in the late 19th century. "It's commonly known as the building that was built in two days and that's lasted a 100 years," Speed says. It failed to fall down, and by the Prohibition era, the floor was filled with number running, bootlegging, and Sicilians. Today it still has the feel of a locals' bar, but one with a big enough heart to welcome right-minded visitors. Nothing is too wild, too outrageous, or too soulful for the old place, and it's been host to everything from bar mitzvahs to theater performances. No matter the night, though, it's sure to be memorable – that is, if you can find it. There's no sign out front, but we hear it's around 1354 West Wabansia Street. [The Hideout; Chicago, IL, 773-227-4433]