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Networking, Fun & Celebrations

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

2019 full schedule coming soon.


IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards

The nation's top operator talent will be celebrated at IFMA's 65th Annual Gold & Silver Plate Celebration.

Additional ticket required.

Restaurants Rock

This is the industry's biggest celebration.

Stay tuned for information about our centennial celebration. It will be the talk of the town.


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 sherry, 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 provided 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.

2018 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.


Block Party

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: 9:30 p.m. - Midnight

Free entry with your Show badge.

Young Professionals Party

The next generation of industry leaders and influencers meet, mix, and mingle in a night of celebration.

By invitation only. Recommended 40 and under.