2020 was not a great year for the restaurant industry. Unfortunately, a lot of eateries had to shut down operations leading to many furloughs and layoffs. But 2021 gave us hope. Restaurants are (mostly) back to full capacity and people are dining out again. Which means the job market is pretty bonkers right now. So if you’ve ever wanted to work as a server, hostess, cook, or other position, there’s a good chance a job is waiting for you. Check out our roundup of the top Chicago restaurant groups looking for awesome people like you!
This innovative, modern organization owns and operates award-winning restaurants such as Alinea, Aviary, Next, and Roister. Top positions they’re hiring for include a Sous Chef, Bar Director, Bartender, Server, and a Commis. Alinea Group offers a competitive benefits package including a 401K + 4% match as well as paid time off, daily staff meals, and health insurance.
If you’re looking to join a team of talented, driven individuals, you’ll want to apply at Boka. Restaurants include GT Fish & Oyster, Alla Vita, Girl & The Goat, Swift and Sons, plus more. Open positions range from a Pastry Cook, Restaurant Manager, Beverage Manager, Line Manager, Sous Chef, and more. Benefits and perks include dental and vision insurance, 401K, paid sick leave, and health benefits.
This iconic restaurant group is known for their massive cuts of meat and strong cocktails. But they also own and operate LUXBAR, Quartino Ristorante, ChiSox Bar & Grill, Cafe by the River, and more. Right now they’re looking for a Cocktail Server, Pastry Chef, Porter, Executive Chef, Servers, and more. According to Glassdoor, staff can enjoy complimentary meals before or after shifts and paid sick days.
There’s a good chance you know at least one of their restaurants: Beatrix, Bub City, Joe’s Seafood, RJ Grunt’s, Ramen-San, shall we continue? LEYE is hiring for a boatload of positions including a Cook, Barista, Pastry Chef, Busser, Bartender, Host, and many more. They have generous employee benefits which include holiday pay, employee assistance programs, 401K, BCBS medical/dental insurance and a bunch of other great things.
They’re the genesis behind Roots Pizza, VU Ultra Lounge, Utopian Tailgate, and other great eateries. And spoiler: they’re hiring! Maybe you’re looking for a role like Assistant General Manager, Line Cook, Server, Sous Chef, FOH Manager, or something else. And check out these dope benefits: restaurant discounts and employee meals, paid maternal and parental leave, holiday parties, advancement and career opportunities!