Chicago Style 2018 Schedule Announced

The announcement earlier this year of the inaugural Chicago Style festival sent rounds of applause throughout the beverage industry.  Billed as “equal parts drink and think,” Chicago Style will take place May 7 – 10, 208 pioneered by Shelby Allison (Lost Lake), Caitlin Laman (Ace Hotel Chicago) and Sharon Bronstein (The 86 Co.)  The cocktail conference aims to bridge the gap in representation across  the industry and promote equality.

The forward-thinking conference will include seminars, panels and celebratory events taking place at the Ace Hotel Chicago and throughout the city.

Below are some highlights and the full schedule can be found HERE and ticket information HERE.

Chicago Style Event Highlights

Monday, May 7 – Bar Fight Club Presented by Fords Gin + Del Maguey Mezcal
Hosted directly following the James Beard Awards, this event will highlight some of the country’s most notable cocktail bars who will create menus featuring Fords Gin and Del Maguey Mezcal, competing for the judges’ prize as well as people’s choice.

Tuesday, May 8 – Community Spirits: Cocktail Bars as Active Community Members Presented by Chandon
A panel showcasing bars that have made community giving central to their business.

Wednesday, May 9 – Do Touch The Art: Outstanding Menu Design Presented By Presented By Tequila Gran Dovejo, Jack Daniel’s, La Luna Mezcal And Woodford Reserve

A panel discussing menu design with moderator Jen Delos Reyes, Associate Director of the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois Chicago.

Wednesday, May 9 – 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.

For more information, visit or follow @drinkchicagostyle on social media. 

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