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After-Hours Events

The fun doesn't end when the Show closes for the day. Enjoy food, drinks, and entertainment at a range of after-hours events around the city.

Saturday, May 19

IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards

Celebrate the nation's top operator talent at IFMA's 64th Annual Gold & Silver Plate Celebration.

Cocktail reception: 5:30 pm
Awards Ceremony & Dinner: 6:30 pm

Marriott Marquis, Chicago at McCormick Place 
2121 S Prairie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616

*Tickets Required

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Restaurants Rock

Dance Saturday night away at our epic concert featuring four-time Grammy winner Keith Urban.

Doors open: 8:00pm
Start time: 9:00pm

Wintrust Arena @ McCormick Place
2121 S. Prairie Avenue
Chicago IL 60616

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Sunday, May 20

Chicago Stars Mixology Competition

A Cocktail Party and Mixology Competition

Local Chicago talent competes for the title "Chicago's STAR Mixologist" and a cash prize in a competition emceed by Charles Joly (co-founder, CraftHouse Cocktails) and judged by a panel that includes Agostino Perrone (director of mixology at the Connaught Bar). The first round features eight of Chicago's top mixologists and takes place in a roped off section of the space. The top two then take the stage to prepare a "Dealer's Choice" for the judges.

Celebrate Chicago cocktail culture and the Restaurant Show with two hours of open bar and passed hors d'oeuvres, including specialty cocktails mixed by local mixologists highlighting what's next in cocktails.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

The Dalcy
302 N. Green Street

Ten Finalists:

Jill Anderson, The Drifter
Jarmel Doss, The Aviary
Dustin Drankiewicz, Bar Harvest Group and The Pink Squirrel
Alyssa Heidt, The Office
Madelyn Kay, Beatnik
Kelly Dawson, Untitled Supper Club
Christopher Kyles, Gibsons Italia
Jessica Lambert, Vol.39 and Boleo
Danielle Lewis, GT Fish and Oyster and GT Prime
Matthew Zavala, Ludlow Liquors
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Open to all Show attendees, invited guests, and approved media.

Hosted by the National Restaurant Association and Choose Chicago. Presented by Beam Suntory.

Monday, May 21

Block Party 2018

Chicago's most talked-about bars and clubs offer up free food, drinks, and entertainment to all badge holders.

Various venues along Hubbard Street
Time: 9:30pm - Midnight

Free entry with your Show badge.


Young Professionals Party

Meet up, mingle, and network with an exclusive group from the next generation of industry leaders and influencers in a night of celebration.

8:30pm - 9:30pm
Celeste
111 W Hubbard St, 
Chicago, IL 
60654

By invitation only. Recommended 40 and under.