The South Loops’ premier outdoor event marks its sixth year by celebrating the cultural diversity of Chicago’s fastest growing new neighborhood on Labor Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday September 5th and 6th. Located in the heart of the South Loop on Wabash Avenue between 13th and 14th streets, “BASH ON WABASH – Sweet Corn Chicago” promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Benefiting the Greater South Loop Association and sponsored by Budweiser, this lively, colorful festival mirrors the South Loops’ vibrancy, offering something for everyone. BOW features a wide variety of food choices, including top area restaurants, beer and wine, upscale arts and crafts, an elaborate kid’s area and plenty of “corn-centric” activities such as fresh roasted corn vendors and a big Corn Bags Tournament. To top it off, revelers will enjoy high quality live tunes, everything from headliners to hot local acts all day and night!

The Entertainment:

8:00 Sixteen Candles
5:45 Corneal
3:30 Mr. Blotto
2:00 Bright Like Japan
12:00 Jay Gullotta

8:00 Hairbangers Ball
6:15 Stellar Road
4:30 Stache
3:00 Makeshift Prodigy
1:15 Murley Shertz
12:00 School Of Rock

The Beneficiary:
The Greater South Loop Association is committed to the revitalization of Chicago’s South Loop as a vibrant and dynamic residential community. As an organization
comprised primarily of residents of the South Loop, the GSLA seeks to encourage planned development within its boundaries and strives to advance the mutually beneficial
needs of its members. GSLA’s objectives include the promotion of friendship, unity and cooperation through social, cultural and charitable activities; the support of beautification, security, safety and maintenance programs which enhance the aesthetic and physical aspects of the community; and the review, adaptation and backing of municipal actions and ordinances which positively affect its members. As an alliance, the GSLA will support and advocate local business endeavors that also promote the cultural, spiritual and physical needs of this growing residential community.

The South Loop:
The South Loop area has experienced a remarkable 40% boost in population in the last ten years, and has the highest concentration of college coeds in the country. The new neighborhood combines the history and grandeur of the Museum Campus, the natural beauty of the lakefront and Burnham Harbor, and the juxtaposition of old and new architecture at Soldier Field. The diverse and outstanding restaurants range from upscale sushi to fast food subs. With all of the attractions, it is easy to understand why Mayor Daley’s home neighborhood has quickly become one of the most desirable areas to live in the city.

The Fine Print
BOW hours of operation are 11a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There is a $5 suggested donation for admittance. For more information, visit

Official Website:

Added by jodybgrimaldi on June 15, 2009



I invited friends to come down and go the supposed "bash" and it was a real disapointment, mostly the lack of any intesting food or local restaurants, small crowds, you wound think a vibrant area like the south loop would have a better street fest, very weak....