Networking, Fun & Celebrations

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

100th Anniversary Evening Celebration

TAO Chicago | 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

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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.

100th Anniversary Daily Celebrations

Daily Celebrations on the Show floor

Join us daily in the Grand Concourse for our Centennial Celebrations where the entire industry can come together to revel in 100 years of the Show. Celebrations will include:

  • Daily delicious dessert.
  • Instagrammable and shareable stories featuring you and our giant birthday cake.
  • Meet and greet moments with peers and customers.
Don’t forget to share the celebration on social with our official hashtag #100YearsOfWow

Grand Concourse
Saturday | 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday | 11:00 a.m.

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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.
Join us at the party:
Point & Feather – Cocktail Bar
113 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
Sunday, May 19, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
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.

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