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Causing A Stir @ Virgin Hotel for Women's History Month

  • Virgin Hotel Chicago 203 North Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL, 60601 United States (map)

March is Women’s History Month! To celebrate the holiday honoring women’s contributions to history and society we will be featuring and empowering 4 CAS members to create female-focused cocktails.

For the Tuesday evening events, Virgin has also partnered with Babes Only, an organization of female Chicago creatives. Moet Hennessy will be providing spirit support for the month-long event.

The festivities begin in the Commons Club at 6 p.m. with one of the four CAS-chosen guest bartenders shaking up her drink inspired by an influential woman in history and featuring Moet Hennessy spirits. The drink will be offered on Commons Club’s cocktail menu for the week with a portion of proceeds going towards Causing a Stir. (Stop by from 4-6 p.m. for a special Behind the Bottle presentation featuring free tastings of that week’s spirits and some behind-the-scenes education from spirit ambassadors and Virgin’s new lead bartender, Becky Dorsen.) In addition, from 6:30-8 p.m., Babes Only will host a casual panel discussion in 203, the first-floor coffee-and-wine bar, on topics centered around women business owners, women in the arts and working mothers. A Babes Only female DJ will be on hand to spin tunes in Commons Club.


Grand Central Bar’s Keena McCoy will kick off the first event on March 5 with a cocktail incorporating Belvedere Vodka and Chandon Sparkling wine. Dubbed Mama Needs a Vacation, the cocktail’s name references a Maya Angelou poem, “Woman Work,” and speaks to McCoy’s advocacy outreach with single mothers in the hospitality industry. McCoy is a Chicago South Side native and lead bartender at GCB located inside the Loop’s Wells Street Market.


On March 12 and 19, two up-and-comer mixologists from CAS’s Equal Parts Program, which identifies and trains the next generation of hospitality professionals, will be creating cocktails using Hennessy VS, Chandon and Glenmorangie. For the closing event on March, CAS’s co-founders, Ariel Neal and Alexis Brown, will offer their female hero-inspired cocktail using Volcan Tequila and Chandon.