The Executives' Club Of Chicago

Let’s Make a Reservation: Chicago Restaurant Recovery

Date: Thursday,  March 11, 2021
Noon - 1:00 p.m. CST
Forum: Food and Beverage




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Ozzie Godoy
General Manager


Darin Kraetsch
GSD Consultancy and


Abby Kritzler
Executive Director and Chief Culture Officer
BOKA Group


Natalie Shmulik
The Hatchery


Bob Habeeb
Founder and CEO
Maverick Hotels and Restaurants

One year ago, restaurants across the globe prepared for a looming uncertainty, unlike anything faced before. The ever-shifting guidelines and restrictions for dining establishments created disruption and innovation at a dizzying speed.

By now, the business community is familiar with the downturn narrative: restaurants struggling to pay rent, permanent and temporary closures, furloughed workers and layoffs galore. However, the unique food and beverage ecosystem in Chicago provides hope for the future. According to Pitchbook, in 2019, the number of food and beverage companies headquartered in Illinois increased from 84 up to 373. Industry veterans from corporate fixtures are moving into the food startup space, providing keen guidance to new ventures which are already benefitting from changed consumer behavior. Crain’s reports that acquisitions and new venture capital in Illinois are infusing the food and beverage space with activity and innovation.

With vaccination efforts in full swing and warmer weather on the horizon, how will Chicago’s local eateries come back from this unprecedented time? Join us on March 11th as our Food & Beverage Forum presents an expert panel of industry leaders and business owners to provide first-hand insight on the toll COVID-19 has taken on Chicago’s dining scene and what we can do to strengthen its return.

PLEASE NOTE: The Zoom link will be included in your confirmation email. You will receive a second email on March 10th with the link to join this program. Please check your bulk or spam folder in case the link is sent there. For any questions, contact Megan Cicurel at

Member Pricing:
Individual Ticket: Complimentary 

*Members may also register one complimentary guest

Non-Member Pricing:

Individual Ticket: $25


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