Six years ago, Anthony Rudolf and Will Guidara started the Welcome Conference, a one-day gathering for people across industries to connect over a shared passion for hospitality. Today marks the first-ever Welcome Conference outside New York City, hosted by acclaimed restaurateurs Kevin Boehm and Donnie Madia in Chicago. This intimate, regional event will feature speakers including Union Square Hospitality Group’s Danny Meyer; Missy Robbins, chef-owner of Lilia and Misi; celebrated sommelier Belinda Chang; and Tim King, CEO of the nonprofit Urban Prep Academics, among others. (For more on the Chicago conference, see our interview with Kevin and Donnie here.)
Today’s event takes place at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, but if you missed out on tickets, you can still take insights and inspiration away from the day’s programming. We’re livestreaming the event today, starting at 10 a.m. CT. Watch below!