Illinois Times, the sister publication of Springfield Business Journal, will host the 3rd annual Best of Springfield party, presented by Recon Techs, at the BOS Center in downtown Springfield from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24.

Admission includes food and drinks samplings from more than 20 different businesses, plus attendees will enjoy live music from NATU Band and performances from FireBly. Adam Bugos of The Real Estate Group is sponsoring a costume contest, emceed by Joe Crain, with $900 in cash prizes.

Enjoy samplings from Robert “Chick” Fritz Beer Distributing, Head West Sub Stop, Outback Steakhouse, Robert’s Seafood Market, Chick-fil-A, Springfield Pepsi-Cola Co., Rosati’s Pizza, Buzz Bomb Brewing Company, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Springfield Beer Company, Route 66 Motorheads Bar, Grill & Museum, Bella Milano, CoreLife Eatery, Anvil & Forge Brewing and Distilling, Nelson’s Catering, Osaka, Obed and Isaac’s Eatery & Microbrewery, Frankie’s Brewhaus, Skeff Distributing (beer), Cooper’s StrEATSide Bistro, Southern Glazer Wine and Southern Glazer Spirits.

Other participants include Accel Entertainment, FitClub, Massage Luxe, Newage Tattoos and Body Piercings, Upper Limits, Recon Techs and United Community Bank.

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