Networking, Fun & Celebrations

The fun doesn’t stop when the Show closes for the day.

Full details coming soon!

100th Anniversary Celebration

You’re invited to an evening celebration of the Show’s 100th anniversary, including hot music, some of the best food you’ve ever tasted, and specialty cocktails by the mixologists at Chicago’s newest, hottest restaurant, TAO.

A highlight of the evening will be the finals of the Show’s Star of the Bar® competition, a national contest to identify and crown the country’s best mixologist.

TAO opened last year inside a completely restored 1892 building and one of Chicago’s most recognizable landmarks. Walk through the entrance to a lantern-lit alley inspired by Japanese temple gates, into a space that looks unlike anything else you’ve seen in Chicago.

Join us Monday night for the celebration a century in the making!

Additional ticket required. Must be 21 and older to attend​. Tickets are Non-Refundable.

Special Events

Star of the Bar Finals

Join us Monday, May 20th at TAO Chicago during the 100th anniversary celebration event where all six regional finalists will come together to fight for the title of “Star of the Bar” and one winner will be named the country’s best mixologist.

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Young Professionals Party

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

By invitation only. Recommended 40 and under.

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.