ROC Chicago

As of now, restaurant staff are slated to be vaccinated in group 1-c, tentatively scheduled to begin March 29th. That leaves months before we will be protected, and we ask that the city re-prioritize this if we are essential enough for indoor dining to be a necessity.

About Us

ROC-Chicago is a member-driven local restaurant worker organization founded in 2009. We build power and voice for restaurant workers through policy and workplace organizing. With the disappearance of manufacturing jobs in Chicago, the service sector is becoming increasingly important, 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 Chicago’s economy. 

There are 250,000 restaurant jobs in the Chicago area and while this high-profile industry is growing rapidly in Chicago and provides some decent-paying jobs, particularly in fine dining restaurants, the largely immigrant and migrant workforce color, you generally cannot access them. jobs, due to discrimination and occupational segregation. 

We focus our organizing efforts on the Chicago restaurant industry and provide opportunities for workers to advance their careers and transform bad jobs into good jobs across 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 paying positions in the foodservice industry.

350 N Orleans 9th Floor
Suite 9803
Chicago, IL 60654
Text ROC to 40817
Restaurant Opportunities Center of Chicago is a chapter of the ROC United non-profit organization.