Bash On Wabash 8.23-8.24

Bash On Wabash

Bash On Wabash

Bash on Wabash will cap off summer fest season with a bang August 23rd and 24th.   The South Loop’s premier outdoor event marks 11 years of bringing neighbors and businesses together to celebrate the beauty, creativity, history and culture of the hood.  Located in the heart of the South Loop on Wabash Avenue between 13th and 14th Place, the 2014 edition of The Bash offers something for everyone, from non-stop live music, local restaurants, arts & crafts, vendor row and a family area that Red Tricycle recently called one of Chicago’s best.


“What started out as a group of neighbors getting together in the early days of the South Loop’s development has become the neighborhood’s quintessential annual event,” says Jeanette Johnson, President of The Greater South Loop Association.  “The Bash showcases the best of our community in a positive, entertaining atmosphere.”


Benefiting the Greater South Loop Association, The Bash mirrors the South Loop’s diversity, featuring a wide variety of choices.  Sangria at this year’s Bash on Wabash is sponsored and prepared by M Lounge, a South Loop martini lounge offering live music Tuesday through Saturday. The Sangria is made from the same recipe served at The Bash for the last five years and was the winner of the South Loop’s Favorite Sangria contest six years ago. Available in red, white or mixed, it’s a refreshing break on a nice summer day.


The Music

Live music at The Bash features original bands throughout the weekend – everything from touring headliners to cutting-edge local acts.  The wave 1 lineup is as follows (additional musicians to be announced in subsequent release):


The Oh My’s

Martin Van Ruin

Steepwater Band

Tall Walker

The Damn Choir


The Family Fun Area

The Bash also boasts an elaborate family fun zone with carnival games, magicians, bounce houses, and a music and entertainment stage targeted for young ones.  Sponsored by First American Bank,  the area will include: B.I.G. Baseball Academy, Sod Room, Lango, historical crafts by Glessner House and Clarke House, plus a book reading by Tia Meredith, and more!


The Beneficiary

The Greater South Loop Association is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community association comprised of an alliance of residents focused on the overarching mission to maintain and improve the South Loop as a vibrant and diverse, inclusive community.  One of the ways the GSLA achieves this mission is through its regular event calendar and neighborhood street fest, Bash on Wabash, to bring South Loop neighbor’s together.


The Fine Print

The Bash hours of operation are 11:30 am to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  There is a $5 suggested donation for admittance.


For more information, visit



Wicker Park Bucktown TAP Beer Fest – Tickets Still Available

224Limited tickets are still available for TAP beer fest on June 22, when many of Wicker Park and Bucktown’s best beer haunts will congregate to promote the art of brewing and all its delicious spoils. TAP is in essence, a salute to Wicker Park and Bucktown’s thriving beer scene that takes place under one roof – The Chop Shop (2033 W. North Ave) – from 1 pm to 5 pm. The second-year event provides the opportunity for beer lovers to sample suds from 18 of the best breweries, brew pubs, and beer-focused bars in the hood, all for one ticket price.

Produced by the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce and Map Room, a TAP ticket costs $40. Admission gets you: a commemorative beer tasting glass, 10 six-ounce servings of the participating venue’s beers of your choice, music, and four hours of fun. There will also be a variety of noshes from local restaurants available for purchase. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit

The Participants:
From bars that brew their own beer to others who carry truly impressive selections, TAP offers a diverse collection. Participants include:

  • bar bar black sheep
  • Bucktown Pub
  • Dimo’s
  • Division Ale House
  • Double Door
  • Emporium
  • Fatpour Tap Works
  • Feast Restaurant + Bar
  • Floyd’s Pub
  • High Noon Saloon
  • Links Taproom
  • Map Room
  • Piece
  • Pipeworks Brewing co.
  • Provenance
  • The Bluebird
  • The Boundary
  • WeeGee’s

**Proceeds from the event support the Chamber’s economic development initiatives to sustain local, independent businesses.

Do Division Street

2014 Chicago Festivals

Do Division Street

photo: Do-Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale events courtesy of REP3

Fest Season is in full swing! Check out our list of 2014 Chicago Festivals. More details and fests added weekly. 


  • Maifest, May 29-June 1, Lincoln Square at Lincoln Ave. and Leland Ave.
  • Festival del Taco,  May 30 – June 1, Little Village, 2600 S. Kostner (at 26th St.)
  • Do Division, Division Street festival, May 30 – June 1, 2014
  • New Orleans festival, May 31-June 1, West Lakeview at Lincoln Ave. and Addison
  • Lincoln Park Greek Fest, .June 6-8
  • Chicago Food Truck Fest, June 7, outside U.S. Cellular Field
  • Bacon Chase  June 7, Montrose Beach
  • Ravinia Festival, June 5 through September 14, Highland Park
  • Ribfest Chicago, June 6-8, Lincoln/Irving Park/Damen
  • Andersonville Midsommarfest, June 6-8, Andersonville
  • Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival, June 7-8, Lakeview, Sheffield/Belmont
  • 57th Street Art Fair: June 7-8, Hyde Park
  • Printers Row Lit Fest, June 7, 8, Printers Row neighborhood, Dearborn and Polk Streets
  • Grant Park Music Festival, June 11 – August 16
  • Spring Awakening, June 13-15, Soldier Field
  • Old Town Art Fair, June 14, 15, Old Town
  • Wells Street Art Festival, June 14, 15, Wells Street, between North Avenue and Division Street
  • Fiestas Puertorriqueñas and Puerto Rican Parade, June 12-15, Humboldt Park, Division Street
  • Taste of Randolph Street, June 13-15
  • Chicago Blues Fest, June 13-15, Grant Park, Millennium Park
  • 6 Corners BBQ Fest, June 14-15, 4000 N. Milwaukee Ave. (at Irving Park Rd./Cicero Ave. to Belle Plaine)
  • Long Grove Strawberry Festival, June 20-22, downtown Long Grove
  • Renegade Craft Art Fair, Mini Market June 21-22
  • Gold Coast Art Festival, June 21, 22, Grant Park’s Butler Field at the corner of Monroe and Lake Shore Drive
  • Pride Fest, June 21, 22, Halsted and Waveland
  • Wicker Park’s Green Music Fest, June 21, 22, Damen between North and Schiller
  • Milwaukee Ave Arts Fest , June 27-29
  • World’s Largest Block Party, June 27, 28, Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams
  • Gospel Music Festival, June 27-29, Ellis Park in Bronzeville
  • Chive Fest June 28, Soldier Field, Stadium Green South
  • 2014 Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy, June 28, Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 W. 19th Street
  • Chicago Summerfest (formerly Chicago Country Fest), June 28, 29, Clark Street and Armitage
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, June 28, 29, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden
  • Pride Parade, June 29, North Broadway, Boystown
Randolph Street Market (Poor Girl's Guide Chicago)

Randolph Street Market (Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago)


  • International Festival of Life: July 3-6, Union Park
  • Chosen Few Picnic, July 3-6, in Jackson Park, 63rd and Hayes Drive
  • Fourth of July Fireworks, July 4, Navy Pier, 9:30 p.m.
  • Wavefront Music Festival, July 4-6, Montrose Beach
  • Summer on Southport, July 12, 13, Southport and Waveland
  • Windy City RibFest: July 4-6, Uptown, Lawrence and Broadway
  • Taste of Lakeview, July 5, 6, Lincoln at Belmont
  • Rock Around the Block, July 5, 6, Belmont and Lincoln Avenue
  • Taste of Chicago, July 9-13, Grant Park
  • Windy City Smokeout, July 11-13, River North, Hubbard and Rush Streets
  • Michigan Avenue Art Festival, July 11-13, Pioneer Court
  • Square Roots Music Festival, July 11-13, Lincoln Square
  • Irish American Heritage Festival: July 11-13, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox
  • West Fest: July 12,13, West Town, Chicago Ave. from Damen to Wood
  • Roscoe Village Burger Fest, July 12,13, Belmont and Damen
  • Pitchfork Music Festival: July 18-20, Union Park
  • BenFest 2014, July 18-20, St. Benedict’s
  • Chinatown Summer Fair, July 20, Wentworth Ave from Cermak Road to 24th Place
  • Taste of River North: July 18-20, River North, Kingsbury and Erie Street
  • Celebrate Clark Street Festival, Saturday, July 19, 20, between Morse and Estes Avenue
  • Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival: July 19,-20, Lincoln Park, Sheffield and Webster
  • North Dearborn Street Garden Walk, July 20, starts Latin School, 45 W. North
  • Jeff Fest Arts and Music Festival, July 25-27, Jefferson Park, Lawrence and Long Avenues
  • Wicker Park Fest, July 26 – 27, Milwaukee and North
  • Taste of Lincoln Avenue, July 26 – 27, N. Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton & Wrightwood
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, July 26, 27, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden
  • Wicker Park Fest, July 26-27, Milwaukee Avenue Between North Avenue and Paulina Street
  • Taste of Lincoln Avenue: July 26, 27, Lincoln Park, Fullerton and Wrightwood
  • Fiesta del Sol: July 31-August 3, Pilsen on Cermak between Morgan and Ashland
Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival

Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival


  • Fiesta del Sol: July 31-August 3, Pilsen on Cermak between Morgan and Ashland
  • Lollapalooza, August 1-3, Grant Park
  • Edge Fest: August 2, 3, Edgewater, 5900 N. Broadway at Thorndale Ave.
  • Wrigleyville Summerfest, August 2, 3, School Street and Seminary Avenue
  • Taste of Latin America, August 2 – 3, 3600 to 3828 W Armitage
  • Ginza Holiday, August 8-10, Midwest Buddhist Temple, Old Town
  • Northalsted Market Days, August 9, 10, Halsted Street and Belmont Avenue
  • Retro on Roscoe, August 9, 10, Damen Avenue and Roscoe Street
  • Festa Italiana, August 14-August 17, Little Italy, Taylor St.
  • Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest: August 15-17, Rogers Park
  • Edison Park Fest, August 15-17, Chicago’s northwest side, Oshkosh and Olmsted
  • Chicago Westside Music Festival – August 16, Garfield Park
  • Chicago Air & Water Show, August 16, 17 (rehearsal August 15) North Avenue Beach
  • Albany Park World Fest (New) August 16 – 17, Lawrence & Kimball
  • Chicago Dancing Festival, August 20 – 23, various locations
  • Clark After Dark, August 21, Clark and Hubbard Streets
  • The Boulevard, August 22-24, Logan Boulevard and Milwaukee Avenue
  • The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival, August 21-September 1, North Michigan Avenue
  • Chicago Fashion Fest, Saturday, August 23-24, Division St. from Wolcott to Paulina
  • Bash On Wabash, August 23-24, Wabash Avenue between 13th and 14th Place
  • Taste of Greektown, August 23 – 24, 400 S. Halsted St. at Van Buren
  • Chicago New Orleans Fest,  August 23 – 24, Sheffield and Wellington
  • Chicago Food Social, August 23 – 24, Kendall College (parking lot), 900 Branch Street
  • Chicago Fashion fest, August 23 – 24, Division Street from Wolcott to Paulina
  • Bucktown Arts Festival, August 23 – 24, Bucktown
  • Ukrainian Days Festival, August 23, 24, Smith Park at Grand/Campbell
  • Chicago Fringe Festival, August 28 – September 7, Jefferson Park
  • Chicago Jazz Festival, August 28 – 31, Grant Park
  • African Festival of the Arts, August 29 – September 1
  • North Coast Music Festival, August 29 – 31, Union Park
  • Taste of Polonia, August 29 to September 1, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.
  • Remix Chicago: Chicago’s Recycled Art Fair, August 30 – 31, Milwaukee Avenue between Fullerton and California Avenues
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, August 30 – 31, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden
  • 65th Annual Greek Festival St., August, TBD, Demetrios Church



  • Taste of Polonia, August 29 to September 1, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.
  • German American Fest, September 5-7, Lincoln and Leland Avenues
  • Roscoe Village Oyster Fest, September 6, Damen Avenue & Roscoe St.
  • Fulton Fest, September 12,13, Fulton Avenue between Damen and Hoyne
  • Festival de la Villita, September 12-14, 26th Street and Kostner Avenue
  • Riot Fest, September 12-14, Humboldt Park, 1440 N. Sacramento Avenue
  • Crush in Old Town (previously Wells Street Fall Festival), September 13 – 14, Wells and North
  • Design Harvest, September 20-21, Grand Ave between Damen & Wood
  • Andersonville City Made Fest, September 20, 21, Clark and Argyle
  • Oktoberfest Chicago, September 26-28, Southport and Lincoln Avenue (a complete list of Oktoberfest happenings will appear in a separate post in early September).
  • Chicago Gourmet, September 26 – 28, Harris Theatre and Millennium Park
  • Hyde Park Jazz Festival, September 27 – 28, Hyde Park, various locations
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, September 27, 28, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden