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ChooseChicago_2017_AnnualReport

CULINARY PROGRAMS JAMES

CULINARY PROGRAMS JAMES BEARD AWARDS For the third straight year, Chicago was the host city of the James Beard Awards, held May 1, 2017 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Congratulations to Rick Bayless and Topolobampo, recipient of the Outstanding Restaurant Award. Congratulations to Chef Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde, recipient of the Best Chef, Great Lakes Award. Choose Chicago and the Illinois Restaurant Association are proud to continue to host the James Beard Awards through 2021. 136 $13,600 10 Restaurants participated in James Beard Eats Week JBF Scholarship Funds raised via James Beard Eats Week Chicago Chefs & Restaurants nominated for the 2017 James Beard Awards $28.8M in economic impact 648,220 diners served 349 participating restaurants $5 statement credit for every $25 spent dining at CRW participating restaurants THANK YOU to our 2017 Chicago Restaurant Week sponsors who continue to make this program a huge success: FIRST YEAR AT NAVY PIER in the Aon Grand Ballroom 1500 attendees FEATURED SWEET AND SAVORY tastings from more than 60 CHEFS and restaurants, along with beer, wine, and cocktail pairings $10,000 of event proceeds were donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository THANK YOU to our 2017 First Bites Bash sponsors: 20 / 2017 ANNUAL REPORT

UNION PARTNERS Choose Chicago and our industry enjoy the strong support and service with the Chicago Federation of Labor and a collective team all focused on serving our customers, clients, and guests. Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters IATSE Locals 2 & 110 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 134 Machinery Movers, Riggers & Machinery Erectors Local Union 136 Teamsters Joint Council 25 UNITE HERE Local 1 United Steelworkers Local 17 Decorators Union CHOOSE CHICAGO / 21