May
7
to May 8

Bar Fight Club

Presented by Fords Gin & Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal

Six bar teams from top cocktail destinations across the country face off in a spirited battle royale to claim the ultimate bar bragging rights. Catch all the action in person at the opening party for Chicago Style where you’ll get the chance to cast your vote for people’s choice while sipping on delicious cocktails featuring Fords Gin and Del Maguey Mezcal. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Chicago Style’s charity partners. Must be 21+ to attend.

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May
8
9:00 AM09:00

Chicago Style Fitness Series

ANTHEM™ Studio Cycling
Presented by Beam Suntory

Turn your cycling up to 11 with a music-fueled indoor ride. Bike to the beat of our hand-picked tracks in a sequence tailored to take you on a journey that’s as challenging as it is thrilling. Get lost in every moment—forget the metrics, shift with the rhythm, and let the power of the playlist drive your performance.

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May
8
12:00 PM12:00

Seminar Day 1: Presented by Chandon

  • Ace Hotel Chicago in the Mahoney Event Space (map)
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Causing a Stir: Empowering Underserved + Underrepresented Communities Within the Hospitality Industry
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Colin Asare-Appiah (Bacardi; New York), Alexis Brown (Causing a Stir; Chicago), Ariel Neal (Causing a Stir; Chicago)

Community Spirits: Cocktail Bars as Active Community Members
1:15pm - 2:15pm
Josh Harris (Trick Dog, Bon Vivants; San Francisco), Bobby Heugel (OKRA Charity Saloon, Anvil Bar & Refuge; Houston), Ashley Novoa (Chicago Period Project; Chicago), Katipai Richardson Wilson (Dirty Precious; Brooklyn)
Moderated by Jacyara de Oliveira (La Sirena Clandestina, El Che Bar; Chicago)

A History of Black Bartenders by David Wondrich and Chantal Martineau
2:45pm - 3:45pm
Chantal Martineau (Author; New York), David Wondrich (Cocktail Historian; New York)

Turn Up The Volume Without Lowering Your Standards: Bar Management in 2018
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Nandini Khaund (Cindy’s; Chicago), Dianna Sanders (The Promontory; Chicago), Yael Vengroff (The Spare Room, Genghis Cohen; Los Angeles)
Moderated by Erin Hayes (House Spirits Distillery; Los Angeles)

ADA accessible, gender neutral restrooms

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May
8
6:30 PM18:30

Speed Rack USA Season 7 National Finals

Speed Rack, the all female speed bartending competition raising money for breast cancer research, will culminate its 7th season with the grand finale of Speed Rack USA on May 8 in Chicago. The day after the James Beard Awards, the Windy City will be awash in the country’s top culinary talent, because what’s better after dinner than a good drink? All proceeds from ticket sales will go to breast cancer research, education and prevention. Entry to the Speed Rack final allows sampling our generous sponsors’ punches and tasty food from great local eateries.

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May
9
9:00 AM09:00

Chicago Style Fitness Series

  • Equinox Loop - Group Fitness Studio (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Power Yoga and Meditation
Presented by Beam Suntory

Our most athletic Vinyasa practice. A vigorous, dynamic, physically and spiritually energizing form of Yoga that sculpts, hones and tones every muscle in the body. Includes various elements of many different Yoga styles. We will conclude the practice with a 10-minute, mindful meditation

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May
9
12:00 PM12:00

Seminar Day 2: Presented by Tequila Gran Dovejo, Jack Daniel’s, La Luna Mezcal & Woodford Reserve

  • Ace Hotel Chicago in the Mahoney Event Space (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Do Touch The Art: Outstanding Menu Design
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Natasha David (Nitecap; New York), Iain Griffiths (Trash Tiki, Dandelyan; London), Morgan Schick (Trick Dog, Bon Vivants; San Francisco)
Moderated by Jen Delos Reyes (School of Art + Art History, University of Illinois; Chicago)

Community Accountability by Ashtin Berry
1:15pm - 2:15pm
Ashtin Berry (Tokyo Record Bar, Air’s Champagne Bar; New York)

All-Consuming: Achieving Sustainability Behind the Bar
2:45pm - 3:45pm
Mary Bartlett (Ace Hotel DTLA; Los Angeles), Ryan Chetiyawardana (Dandelyan, Mr. Lyan; London), Kelsey Ramage (Trash Tiki; London), Claire Sprouse (Tin Roof Drink Company; New York)
Moderated by Lacy Hawkins (Monkey 47; New York)

You Are Welcome Here: A Conversation About Intersectionality and Hospitality
4:00pm-5:00pm
Mony Buni (Lustau, Prairie School; Chicago), Kisira Hill (Lost Lake; Chicago), Lynnette Marrero (Speed Rack, Llama Inn; New York),  Liz Weck (Howard Brown Health, Lost & Found: Dyke Bar; Chicago)
Moderated by Lov Lee Carpenter (Blue Plate Catering; Chicago)

ADA accessible, gender neutral restrooms

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May
9
to May 10

Trash Tiki Disco

Presented by Fords Gin and Pisco Control

Trash Tiki is a pop up and online platform that helps raise awareness, and more importantly, solutions, to the insane amount of waste the food & drink industry produces. Founders Kelsey Ramage and Iain Griffiths will host a late night party focused on their anti-waste approach to the bar industry.

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May
10
11:30 AM11:30

Green Dot Workshop

  • Ace Hotel Chicago in the Mahoney Event Space (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Presented by Campari & USBG

Green Dot is an innovative workshop focused on preventing sexual assault through bystander intervention. The workshop will focus on equipping bartenders, servers, managers, and/or owners with the tools to respond when they notice behaviors that could lead to or constitute sexual assault and harassment in their bars. Additionally, they will teach how to engage in behaviors that establish a climate of dignity and respect. We can all work together to cultivate and maintain a safe environment for everyone.

 

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