What an awesome event! More than 700 people attended the Chicagoland Chamber’s 113th Annual Meeting of Membership. They heard an insightful, thought-provoking speaking program that captured every level of our regional business ecosystem.
Breakfast speaking program & networking
Individual Tickets: $125/Member and $200/Non-Member
Full Table (10 seats): $1,000
Entrepreneurial Table (Program feature and 10 seats): $1,500
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Rick Bayless, the chef, restaurateur, entrepreneur, author, television and podcast host, philanthropist and humanitarian, will address Chicago region business leaders as the keynote speaker at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce 113th Annual Meeting.
In addition to remarks from Chef Bayless, the breakfast event includes time for networking before and after the formal program, and the winner of the $50,000 2017 James Tyree Award for Emerging Business Leadership will be announced.
The theme of Bayless's speech is "Growth with Integrity." Bayless is a pioneer who played an outsized role in cultivating and growing Chicago's culinary scene and its global reputation for innovation, authenticity, unique experiences and mind-blowing flavors. He continues to extend his footprint inside and outside Chicago, from new restaurants to grocery store aisles. Bayless advanced the notion and practice of making carefully crafted artisan food accessible to a wide customer base, and he achieved scale without compromising quality.
About the opportunity to speak with business leaders, Bayless said: "I'm honored that the Chamber sees in me an attribute that I see as paramount: Integrity. For 30 years now, we’ve prioritized integrity within the food system, making sure our food aligns with our values at Frontera. It's a challenge, but one that’s also been our biggest advantage. Some of the best businesses and leaders in the world are here in Chicago. I'm proud to share my story with them.”
Chamber members and non-members are welcome to attend the Annual Meeting.
• A Keynote Presentation from Rick Bayless, Chef & Entrepreneur
• The announcement of the winner of the 6th Annual James Tyree Emerging Business Award
• Networking with some of Chicago’s top business leaders and government officials
7:00am Chamber Showcase and Networking
7:30am Breakfast Speaking Program
8:45am Keynote Speech: Rick Bayless Growth with Integrity
Keynote Speaker: Rick Bayless
Rick Bayless has won eight Beard Awards, including one in April 2017 - Outstanding Restaurant - for Topolobampo. His Frontera Grill has earned a Beard Award as well, and just celebrated its 30-year anniversary. Bayless's other Chicago restaurants include: the fast-casual Xoco; Baja-inspired, wood-fired Leña Brava; Cervecería Cruz Blanca, a craft brewery and Oaxacan-style taquería; the quick-service Tortas Frontera, which changed the face of food service at O’Hare International Airport; and Frontera Fresco, which brought Frontera flavors to Macy’s stores and Northwestern University. In 2016, Bayless opened Frontera Cocina in Walt Disney World. He's also created an award-winning line of salsas, cooking sauces and organic chips that are sold coast-
to-coast; and coming this summer, grocery store frozen aisles will feature Frontera-branded bowls and skillet meals. Bayless has authored nine cookbooks and has a highly rated Public Television Series, Mexico–One Plate at a Time.
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