Calling All South Loop Chefs!

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Jun 292014

Sign up now for the Whole Foods South Loop Chefs’ Demonstration Table at the Bash on Wabash


GSLA is committed to maintaining and improving the South Loop as a vibrant and diverse, inclusive community. One of the ways GSLA achieves this mission through its Bash on Wabash, the South Loop’s premier annual street festival. This year’s Bash on Wabash will be held August 23-24, 2014, on South Wabash Avenue, approximately between 13th and 15th Streets.

GSLA and Whole Foods Market are seeking South Loop chefs for a new Bash on Wabash feature – a demonstration table to feature the great restaurants and culinary talents here in the South Loop.

Benefits of participation:

  • Inclusion in Bash marketing materials (i.e. print, social media, media clips, etc.)
  • Marketing at the Bash itself, including prominent sign placement at chef demo table and space for distribution of printed materials.
  • 1 Year Greater South Loop Association membership
  • The 2014 Bash is expected to attract more than 7,500 people over two days.


  • 60 minute block: $150 for current GSLA business members, $200 for non-members. Includes set up, demo, and clean up time.
  • Note: If you are a non-member, the table purchase will constitute a new membership The chef demo table will be a fundraiser for GSLA, and not part of the general food vendor area.
  • Chefs will have 60 minutes to demonstrate preparation of one or more signature items, provide free samples, highlight kitchen skills and tips, and market their restaurants.
  • No food will be sold at the chef demo table.

Whole Foods and GSLA Provide:

  • Approximately $250 in foodstuffs from Whole Foods Market
  • Grill and refrigeration
  • Staffing support at the demo table
  • Plates, utensils, napkins, etc.
  • Marketing

Chefs provide:

  • Any foodstuffs not provided by Whole Foods Market
  • Knives, pans, etc.
  • Signage or advertising materials
  • One hour of demonstration time

For more details or to secure a South Loop Chefs’ Demonstration Table block, please contact Josh Ellis, GSLA Board member.

sOUTh and ABOUT – Sign up now for Dash at the Bash!

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Jun 292014

Get your sweat on! Meet your neighbors, see the sights of the South Loop and Chicago’s beautiful lakefront and have some healthy fun at the 2014 Bash on Wabash, the South Loop’s premier street festival.

Join Snap Fitness of Chicago-South Loop and the Greater South Loop Association for a 5K fitness run (not a race) on Saturday, August 23, or a 10 mile family bike ride on Sunday, August 24. Both depart from and return to the 2014 Bash on Wabash. Run or ride with your friends or family, and come meet some fellow South Loop’ers.

Click here to sign up for the Dash at the Bash 5K Fitness Run!

Click here to sign up for the Dash at the Bash 10M Family Bike Ride! See the route here. Thank you to Chicago’s Bicycle Ambassadors for supporting this ride and participating in the Bash on Wabash Family Fun area.

Sponsored by Snap Fitness, there is no cost to join the run or bike ride, but registration is required. There is a suggested donation of $5 to enter the Bash on Wabash.

Questions? Please contact Teryn at or 312.533.4646.

Apr 222014

 August 23 & 24, 2014  EVENT WEBSITE CLICK HERE


This year marks the Eleventh Year Anniversary for the “Bash On Wabash” with the goal of bringing neighbors and businesses alike, from near and far, to a festival that showcases the beauty, creativity, history and culture of the South Loop.

Located in the heart of the neighborhood on Wabash Avenue between 13th Street and 14th Place, this years’ “Bash on Wabash” promises to be an experience to remember!

Benefiting the Greater South Loop Association (GSLA) and a portion of proceeds to the South Loop Food Pantry, this lively, colorful festival will have something to offer everyone including a wide variety of musical acts, food and beverages (including beer and wine), arts & crafts, an elaborate children’s area, vendor booths, and so much more!


2013 Bash On Wabash Was A Smash!

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Sep 032013
Bash was a smash!
10th Anniversary Rundown

This year’s 10th anniversary Bash on Wabash was celebrated in a big way. We enjoyed hosting over 30 business vendors and numerous musical acts.  The City of Chicago City Council even adopted a resolution to mark the occasion championed by Alderman Bob Fioretti (2nd Ward).

As in years past, the kids’ area was heavily attended by South Loop families, but the volume was turned up a notch this year. A “kids’ stage” schedule of events showcased children-focused programming both days. South Loop resident and expectant dad, Thomas Paukovitz organized the kids’ stage talent acts and activities. “We were overwhelmed with offers to help create activities by South Loop businesses and look forward to an even more diverse schedule for 2014,” said Paukovitz. New business owner Cynthia Valenciana of the Sod Room ran her mesmerizing bubble machine, creating a fun atmosphere and was beaming with pride as she introduced Miss Sarah Jayne Lynch, a popular performer in her children’s green play space. The Bash Kids Stage was sponsored by First American Bank and Restoration Christian Church.

GSLA Events Chair and Bash Volunteer Coordinator, Molly Heyen, orchestrated another successful year of staffing the event with volunteers. It was great to see Molly enjoying herself late on Sunday when she challenged her husband, Tim Heyen, to a sumo-wrestling match. We hear a re-match is scheduled for 2014.

The quantity and variety of food vendors was enhanced this year. Whether revelers were enjoying South Loop gem Gigi’s Bakeshop or Pilsen’s Dia De Los Tamales, there was something for everyone, including canine guests when food truck Fido To Goarrived.  Reggies’ kitchen staff lured folks to their tent with the aroma of grilled treats partnered with icy cold beers. “Our South Loop Sangria was improved on this year by sponsor M Lounge. We didn’t think our recipe could get any better, but Reginald Marsh at M Lounge found a way!” said Deb Soehlig, organizer of the GSLA tent. Mark Stern, of WeatherMark Tavern, stopped by Sunday to sample the corn he donated for the event. Stern, along with hundreds of others, gave the roasted corn an enthusiastic thumbs-up.

It was also great to get local businesses involved in manning the gates and meeting and greeting residents and visitors as they entered. Many thanks to South Loop Animal Hospital and Forth Group Real Estate Services for sponsoring the north and south gates.

The Bash committee, led by chairman, T.J. Sagen, assembled the greatest variety of vendors and sponsors the event had seen.  Before the closing act on Sunday, Sagen sang everyone’s praises from the stage commanding, “If you see someone with a Bash logo t-shirt, please buy them a beer and thank them for their efforts in putting on this 100% volunteer committee-driven event.” All of the GSLA board members are lining up to thank T.J. for his hard work and leadership this year. His tireless dedication to the event really paid off. So please buy him a beer-or maybe two-when you see him hanging out in the South Loop.

“Thank you, T.J. The Bash was a smash!”