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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.


IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards

The nation's top operator talent was celebrated at IFMA's 64th Annual Gold & Silver Plate Celebration.


Restaurants Rock

Four-time Grammy winner Keith Urban rocked the house in a private concert for the Restaurant Show.

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Chicago STARS Mixology Competition

A Cocktail Party and Mixology Competition

Jamal Doss of The Aviary won the inaugural Chicago STARS Mixology competition. She advanced to the finals with her What's Sap With That? cocktail featuring Maker's Mark bourbon whiskey, Jägermeister, banana liqueur, crème de cacao, Palo Cortado sheri, maple vinegar, and ancho chile tincture. The drink was garnished with a spray of Vernelli Punch Alla Fiama Fantasia liqueur. For her winning cocktail, Doss created a cocktail with ingredients provide by Chef C.J. Jacobson of Aba, host venue for the competition.

Local Chicago talent competed for the title "Chicago's STARS 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 featured ten of Chicago's top mixologists and took place in a roped off section of the space. The top two then took to the stage to prepare a "Dealer's Choice" for the judges.

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

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

Open to all Show attendees, invited guests, and approved media.

Hosted by the National Restaurant Association, the Illinois Restaurant Association, and Choose Chicago. Presented by Beam Suntory & DrinkSmart®. Supporting sponsors: Maraschino Cherries and Real Cocktail Ingredients.


Block Party

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

Various venues along Hubbard Street
Time: 9:30 p.m. - Midnight

Free entry with your Show badge.

Young Professionals Party

The next generation of industry leaders and influencers met, mixed, and mingled in a night of celebration.

8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
111 W Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL  60654

By invitation only. Recommended 40 and under.