Cobra Lounge Presents
The 18th Annual Obanion's Reunion
235 N. Ashland
Chicago, IL, 60607
This event is 21 and over
Following the demise of Chicago's first punk club, Le Mer Viper when it burned down in 1977, a new bar by the name of O'Banion's opened up at the northeast corner of Clark & Erie in River North and quickly became a Chicago legend. O'Banion's was not exactly "aesthetically pleasing" or even "clean," but it did play host to a litany of local talent and national acts like the Dead Kennedys, Hüsker Dü and The Replacements. This was a far cry from its previous incarnations as a gay bar, the largest strip club in Chicago at one point and a "Bugs" Moran hangout. As punk rock yielded to new wave, so did the neighborhood to gentrification and O'Banion's was sold and turned into an upscale restaurant.