4/19/2013 05:32:00 PM

Where Visiting Chefs Will Dine During the NRA Show

Each year in mid-May, restaurants and bars batten down the hatches for an influx of culinary innovators, chefs and restaurateurs descending upon Chicago for the National Restaurant Association Hotel-Motel Show (also known as the NRA Show - no, not that one). The events, May 18-21 at McCormick Place, welcome pioneers in food technology, cooking appliances, eco-friendly initiatives and some guy named Anthony Bourdain.

A special feature is the World Culinary Showcase - a main stage for some of the country’s best chefs to show off their skills. This year’s lineup includes Rick Bayless, Cat Cora, Marcus Samuelsson, Aarón Sánchez, Robert Irvine and more. Each will take the stage for a cooking demonstration in the middle of the exhibition floor, and many of these chefs will be signing copies of their cookbooks.

While they are in town, all of these star chefs need to eat. Luckily, Chicago has a few good restaurants for them to choose from. We asked a number of them what is on the agenda in terms of dining and why Chicago is a culinary destination they don’t mind visiting. Want to meet the chefs? Options include either stalking the restaurants for four days or just going to the NRA Show. Registration for the show is still open and costs $99. The show also includes the International Wine, Spirits & Beer event, in case you need more convincing. 

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