i love the hidden cove.
i went there last night for the first time since i moved back to the city. it's a karaoke dive on lincoln, just north of berwyn. i had never been there on a weekend before, so i didn't know how busy it was going to be. i knew on the weekdays that it was always pretty dead, which is fantastic because i get to sing a lot. it wasn't dead last night...but definitely wasn't packed either. i got to sing six or seven songs, which is great for a karaoke joint on a saturday night.
i love that bar.1 it's a total dive. the sign out front has a cheesy old palm tree on it, and the inside doesn't have a lot of frills. karaoke is its raison d'être...that's what you go there to do, drink beer and sing karaoke. [or, if you're not of the singing kind...you drink beer and giggle at people who are singing karaoke.]
i wasn't originally planning to close the place out. i went there alone, just to get out of the house, read a book, and sing a few songs. but, one of my friends called me about half an hour after i got to the bar, and so he and his girlfriend came by. that was a lot of fun...and we ended up staying there until around 4am, when it closed.
the walk home was fantastic. i hadn't done a true Long Late Night Walk Home in a long time. i walked with my friends as far as foster and damen, and then turned down damen to walk the last mile home alone. that walk down damen was gorgeous. there was almost no one out. i saw one or two walkers, and one or two cars the entire way. that was it. other than that, it was just me and the trees, the parks, the buildings...just me and the city. the weather was perfect...not hot, not humid, just breezy and dark--but not pitch dark, since it was late enough that the sun was just starting to shed that first bit of light before actually peeping over the horizon.
i need to do this more often.
1 if you live in chicago or are coming through sometime, i will take you to this bar. you must experience it.