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Illinois

RESTAURANT INDUSTRY AT A GLANCE

Restaurants are a driving force in Illinois’s economy. They provide jobs and build careers for thousands of people, and play a vital role in local communities throughout the state.

27,189

Eating and drinking place locations in Illinois in 2015

$24.5 billion

Projected sales in Illinois's restaurants in 2016

537,000

Restaurant and foodservice jobs in Illinois in 2016 = 10% of employment in the state. And by 2026, that number is projected to grow by 7.7% = 41,300 additional jobs, for a total of 578,300 jobs by 2026.

Illinois's Restaurants

JOBS AND ENTREPRENEURIAL OPPORTUNITIES IN EVERY COMMUNITY

U.S. Senators

Establishments in the state
Employees in the state*
Richard Durbin (D)
Mark Kirk (R)
27,189
440,300

U.S. Representatives

Establishments in the state
Employees in the state*
Bobby L. Rush (D)
Robin Kelly (D)
Daniel Lipinski (D)
Luis Gutierrez (D)
Mike Quigley (D)
Peter J. Roskam (R)
Danny K. Davis (D)
Tammy Duckworth (D)
Jan Schakowsky (D)
Robert J. Dold (R)
Bill Foster (D)
Mike Bost (R)
Rodney Davis (R)
Randy Hultgren (R)
John Shimkus (R)
Adam Kinzinger (R)
Cheri Bustos (D)
Darin LaHood (R)
TOTAL
1,064
1,053
1,401
1,175
2,112
1,539
2,689
1,436
1,792
1,351
1,239
1,406
1,617
1,621
1,294
1,458
1,456
1,486
27,189
17,223
17,053
22,693
19,029
34,202
24,927
43,548
23,347
29,013
21,880
20,057
22,768
26,187
26,254
20,961
23,615
23,580
24,063
440,300

*Illinois's 440,300 eating-and-drinking-place jobs represent the majority of the state’s total restaurant and foodservice workforce of 537,000 jobs, with the remainder being non-restaurant foodservice positions.

For more information
Restaurant.orgillinoisrestaurants.org

Source: National Restaurant Association, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics & U.S. Census Bureau, 2015