RedEye Chicago Best Bartender official rules

February 14, 2013


The Semifinalist and Finalist rounds of “RedEye Best Bartender Competition” (the “Contest”) start at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, February 13, 2013 CT and end at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2013 CT (“Contest Period”). The sponsor of this Contest is RedEye, a Chicago Tribune Company, LLC publication, which is located at 435 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 (“Sponsor”). The Contest will be subject to these Official Rules, and by entering, all contestants agree to abide and be bound by the terms and conditions herein and the decisions of the Sponsor. 

1)            Eligibility: This Contest is open to legal U.S. residents residing in the Illinois counties of Cook, Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage or Will who are 21 years of age and older as of the first day of the Contest Period and who bartend at an establishment located in the City of Chicago. Employees (and their immediate family members (defined as spouse, parents, siblings or children) or household members (whether or not related)) of Sponsor and of its parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, prize providers, and/or public relations companies associated with this Contest, are not eligible to participate. A potential winner may be requested to provide proof that all eligibility requirements are met as well as proof of ownership of the email address associated with the winning entry. Void where prohibited and outside the above-listed counties. This Contest will be governed and enforced pursuant to Illinois law, excluding choice of law provisions.

2)            Selection of Finalists and Notification: Eight Semifinalists have been selected by the RedEye Editorial team from among eligible nominations. Photos and profiles of the Semifinalists will be posted in a photo gallery at for public voting. You may cast your vote at during the public voting period.  The first public voting period will run from 12:01 a.m. CT on February 13, 2013 to noon CT on February 18, 2013. The four Semifinalists who receive the most eligible votes will be named finalists (the “Finalists”) and will then move on to the final round of the Contest. If there is a tie, voting will be extended in one-hour segments until the tie is broken. Sponsor will attempt to notify the selected Finalists by phone A Finalist will be disqualified and an alternate Finalist will be determined by the next leading vote recipient from among all remaining entries if: (a) a Finalist does not respond within 24 hours of the first notification attempt; (b) a Finalist does not fulfill the eligibility requirements; or (c) a Finalist does not adhere to the Official Rules. Each Finalist wil be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release, and it must be returned to Sponsor within 48 hours of the time Sponsor sends it to Finalist. Finalists must also appear at the Best Bartender event at Benchmark (1510 N. Wells St., Chicago) on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. CT to 8:00 p.m. CT (the “Event”).


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