The mercury may be well below freezing in the Windy City, but that hasn’t stopped the team behind Chicago Style. The social justice-in-the hospitality industry focused conference just announced the details of their second year, including some new additions.
Founded by Shelby Allison (Lost Lake), Sharon Bronstein (The 86 Co.), and Caitlin Laman (beverage consultant), will be back from May 6-9, 2019 for panel discussions, seminars, and lots of food & drink. (Yes, that’s four days, one longer than last year.)
“We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm for Chicago Style and the industry’s willingness to have thoughtful discussions on long-overdue topics, new ideas, and best practices that we believe had a positive impact,” said Sharon Bronstein, co-founder of Chicago Style in a statement. “We’ve incorporated feedback from the bar community to expand this year’s seminar topics and large-scale events that are meant to inspire our industry to continue to advocate for change while giving Chicago’s cocktail community an opportunity to shine.”
The event will begin on May 6 with another iteration of the popular Bar Fight Club in which six outstanding bars pop-up in Chicago to square off for an evening. The following evening (5.07), participants will have a chance to check out the Speed Rack National Championship.
Of course, the heart of ChiStyle is the education element. Scheduled experts include Ashtin Berry (Radical Xchange), Alexis Brown and Ariel Neal (Causing a Stir), Jen Delos Reyes (School of Art and University of Illinois Chicago), Alex Negranza (Tongue Cut Sparrow, Pastry War, BLT Houston), Stephanie Simbo (Beyond Bars Akademia), Claire Sprouse (Hunky Dory Brooklyn + Tin Roof Drink Community) and Liz Weck (Howard Brown Health Center).
In addition, ChiStyle announced the formation of an advisory board comprised of Berry, Delos Reyes, Sprouse, and Weck. A release from the group noted plans to attain full IRS recognition as a 501(c)3 prior to the event.
Other highlights include a Dinner Party Series, a evening hosted by 2018’s Bar Fight Club Champions Starline Social Club, and a closing party co-presented with Causing a Stir on May 9.
The full schedule and tickets will be released on March 1, 2019. A portion of Chicago Style proceeds will benefit the Chicago Period Project and the James Beard Foundation’s Women Leadership Programs.