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2018 Schedule at a Glance

Here’s an overview of a typical day at the 2018 Restaurant Association Show. Be sure to check back often to get more information about the plans for 2019 and our centennial celebration.

Saturday

Day 1

9:30 a.m.  |  National Restaurant Association Show Opens

North Hall, South Hall, and Lakeside Center


10:00 a.m.  |  On-Floor Education Sessions Start

BAR Stage, Booth #11262
Foodamental Studio, Booth #2389 
Innovation Theater, Booth #5575
Learning Center, Booth #7400 
TECH Talks, Booth #5575 
World Culinary Showcase, Booth #10357
The Balancing Act, Booth #2261 
The Water Cooler, Booth #2224  


5:00 p.m.  |  National Restaurant Association Show Closes

North Hall, South Hall, and Lakeside Center

 

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  |  International Reception

North Building, Room N427

 

5:30 p.m.  |  IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards

Tickets required

 

9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.  |  Restaurants Rock

Wintrust Arena at McCormick Place
Doors open at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets required

Sunday

Day 2

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  |  Restaurant Revenue Growth Conference

Marriot Marquis Chicago
Additional fee to attend

 

9:30 a.m.  |  National Restaurant Association Show Opens

North Hall, South Hall, and Lakeside Center

 

10:00 a.m.  |  On-Floor Education Sessions Start

BAR Stage, Booth #11262
Foodamental Studio, Booth #2389 
Innovation Theater, Booth #5575
Learning Center, Booth #7400 
TECH Talks, Booth #5575 
World Culinary Showcase, Booth #10357 
The Balancing Act, Booth #2261 
The Water Cooler, Booth #2224 

 

2:00 p.m.  |  Signature '18

Grand Ballroom, Room S100

 

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  |  Star of the Bar Mixology Competition

Lakeside Center, Bar Pavilion
Bar Stage, Booth #11262

 

5:00 p.m.  |   National Restaurant Association Show Closes

North Hall, South Hall, and Lakeside Center

 

6:00 p.m.  |   Chicago Stars Mixology Competition

Ticket required

 

Monday

Day 3

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  |  Restaurant Revenue Growth Conference

Marriot Marquis Chicago
Additional fee to attend

 

9:30 a.m.   |  National Restaurant Association Show Opens

North Hall, South Hall, and Lakeside Center

 

10:00 a.m.  |  On-Floor Education Sessions Starts

BAR Stage, Booth #11262
Foodamental Studio, Booth #2389 
Innovation Theater, Booth #5575
Learning Center, Booth #7400 
TECH Talks, Booth #5575 
World Culinary Showcase, Booth #10357 
The Balancing Act, Booth #2261 
The Water Cooler, Booth #2224 

 

11:00 a.m.   |  SuperSession: The Future of Restaurants

Grand Ballroom, Room S100

 

5:00 p.m.  |  National Restaurant Association Show Closes

North Hall, South Hall, and Lakeside Center

 

8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  |  Young Professionals Party

Recommended for 40 and under

 

9:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.  |  Block Party

Various venues along Hubbard Street.
Open to all with a Show badge
 

Tuesday

Day 4

9:30 a.m.   |  National Restaurant Association Show Opens

North Hall, South Hall, and Lakeside Center

 

10:00 a.m.  |  On-Floor Education Sessions Starts

BAR Stage, Booth #11262
Foodamental Studio, Booth #2389 
Innovation Theater, Booth #5575
Learning Center, Booth #7400 
TECH Talks, Booth #5575 
World Culinary Showcase, Booth #10357
The Balancing Act, Booth #2261 
The Water Cooler, Booth #2224 

 

3:00 p.m.  |  National Restaurant Association Show Closes

North Hall, South Hall, and Lakeside Center

  

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