ROC Chicago

Educate – Agitate – Organize!

Who We Are

ROC-Chicago is a member-driven local restaurant workers’ organization founded in 2009. We build power and voice for restaurant workers through workplace and policy organizing. With manufacturing jobs disappearing from Chicago, the service sector is becoming increasingly significant, and within it the restaurant industry, as the anchor of the City’s tourism and entertainment industry, is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the Chicago economy. 

There are 250,000 restaurant jobs in the Chicagoland area and while this high-profile industry grows rapidly in Chicago and provides some living-wage jobs, particularly in fine-dining restaurants, the largely immigrant and people of color workforce is generally not able to access those jobs, due to discrimination and occupational segregation. 

We focus our organizing efforts on the Chicago restaurant industry, and provide opportunity for workers to move up career ladders and transform bad jobs into good jobs throughout the industry.


A list of resources for families in the Chicago area who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Training courses to enter higher paid positions in the food service industry.