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Women Chefs and Restaurateurs Conference Next Month; Stoli Boycott Ends; More

MAGNIFICENT MILE—Some big names are lined up to participate in the 21st annual Women Chefs and Restaurateurs Conference, March 9-11 at the Intercontinental Magnificent Mile hotel, including Rick Bayless, Carrie Nahabedian, Stephanie Izard, Mindy Segal, and Elizabeth Falkner. Tickets are available now for the awards and the many tours, classes, and panels. [EaterWire]

BOYSTOWN—Just in time for the Sochi Olympics, local LGBT bars, including Sidetrack, have ended their Stolichnaya boycott that began last summer. Many of the bars are donating $1 for each drink sold between 9 p.m. to midnight tonight to the Russia Freedom Fund. [Chicago Phoenix]

BUCKTOWN—Head to LoKal on March 3 for a seven-course, $75 Wisconsin-themed dinner from chef Matt Jozwiak (Sixteen, Noma) and Insurgo. Jozwiak says he's "taking Midwestern cuisine and using two-Michelin-star principles" in dishes like green bean casserole, pheasant stew, and "Wisconsin fair." Polish wines and beer will also be available, take-home breakfast items are included; purchase tickets here. [EaterWire]

RIVER NORTH—Famed TV guy Andrew Zimmern has signed on to host this year's "Restaurants Rock," the National Restaurant Association show after party, on May 18 at Castle. Anthony Bourdain hosted last year. [EaterWire]

InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

505 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL