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Seminar Day 1: Presented by Chandon

  • Ace Hotel Chicago in the Mahoney Event Space 311 North Morgan Street Chicago, IL 60607 United States (map)

Setting the Stage for Meaningful Allyship
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Chicago Style Advisory Board members set the stage for this year’s panel discussions and seminars by establishing a guide to meaningful allyship; providing a primer for language commonly used in discussions surrounding inclusion, equity, and safety; and covering Chicago Style’s code of conduct.

Panelists: Ashtin Berry (Radical Xchange), Jen Delos Reyes (School of Art at the University of Illinois Chicago), Claire Sprouse (Hunky Dory Brooklyn and Tin Roof Drink Community), Liz Weck (Howard Brown Health Center)

The Sisterhood Project presents: Ageism in Hospitality
1:15pm - 2:15pm

Presented in collaboration with The Sisterhood Project, this panel discussion will share the experiences of four women over forty working in the cocktail community — offering a first hand perspective on how ageism is alive and well in our industry.

Moderated by: Lynn House (Heaven Hill Distilleries)

Panelists: Kate Gerwin (Front & Cooper), Gabriella Mlynarczyk (Author "Clean+Dirty Drinking"), Tracey Ramsey (Lost Lake)

Histories and Legacies: Understanding Hospitality’s Relationship to Ancestral Trauma
2:45pm - 3:45pm

Sparked by a conversation following a seminar on the History of Black Bartenders at last year’s Chicago Style, this panel discussion will explore the idea that trauma is passed from generation to generation — focusing on ancestral trauma held by people of color and how it relates to hospitality professionals today.

Moderated by: Dr. Richard Benson II (Spelman College)

Panelists: Kisira Hill (Radical Xchange), Jennifer Kim (Passerotto), Jonathan Zaragoza (Birrieria Zaragoza)

Queer Cheers: Where Did Your Neighborhood Gay Bar Go?
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Gay bars have served as a gathering place for key players in the fight for equal rights and provided vital safe spaces to the queer community. This panel discussion highlights well known gay and lesbian bars in Chicago and beyond — past, present, and future — and explores the erasure of lesbian bars.

Moderated by: Liz Weck (Howard Brown Health Center)

Panelists: Pat McCombs, Owen Keehen (Historian), Michelle Fire (Big Chicks)