NRA

This weekend, you may notice the city bustling with just a few more people wining and dining their way around the city. The 95th anniversary of the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and International Wine, Spirits and Beer Event is coming to town this Saturday, and while the convention will be happening at McCormick Place, we've got a handful of fun events for you to be a part of. We're talking all-star chefs such as Ming Tsai, Art Smith, and Rick Bayless here for the World Culinary Showcase at the NRA Show, and a speaking program from sports star turned restaurateur Magic Johnson. Yeah - you'll want to check it out.

5/18: Earvin "Magic" Johnson to Keynote NRA Show 2014

Acclaimed businessman, humanitarian and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Earvin "Magic" Johnson will share insights into current issues and events, based on his 30-year journey toward becoming the number-one brand in Urban America on Sunday, May 18, at Chicago's McCormick Place.

5/18: Star of the Bar Mixology Competition

Top mixologists from around the country have the opportunity to enter to win a trip to compete in the finals at the Restaurants Rock event on May 18 for the coveted title and $5,000 prize. Join in on the fun at The Castle Chicago Sunday night  starting at 9PM.

5/17-20: Foodamental Studio

This year, influential chefs like James Beard nominated chef Paul Virant and JBF winner Mindy Segal will lead FREE expert-led tutorials and hands-on practice sessions featuring the processes and techniques behind the most talked-about culinary trends of the year. 

5/18-19: International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event (IWSB)

From education sessions on the art of food and beverage pairings to the latest from the leading brands in beverage alcohol, the NRA Show/IWSB offers the only trade show opportunity to fully integrate food and beverage in one stop. 

Food & Beverage Innovation Awards (FABI Awards)

From fishless filets to what's sure to be a new hybrid to watch of Schmacon (beef's answer to bacon), this year's FABI winners showcase innovative products for dietary restrictions, health concerns, efficiency, and more. 

World Culinary Showcase Stage

The nation's top chefs gather to give live demonstrations of their signature dishes. You can view the line-up here which includes Maxime Bilet, Art Smith, Ming Tsai, and more.