• Chicago Restaurants Are Already Bracing for Upcoming Wage Hikes

    March 2024 ·   · 

    On July 1, Chicago will begin eliminating its tip credit, raising the minimum wage for tipped restaurant employees from $9.48 to $15.80 per hour (smaller businesses with less than 20 employees are currently subject to a $15 per hour regular minimum wage). Similar to the aftermath in the District of Columbia, hundreds of restaurants immediately expressed concerns that the wage hikes would negatively impact them and their…
  • Survey Finds Tip Credit Elimination Harms Chicago’s Restaurants and Employees

    September 2023 ·   · 

    Chicago’s tipped minimum wage has been on the rise for years, leaving declining restaurant employment growth in its aftermath. Yet in the last city council meeting, Chicago aldermen proposed legislation to scrap the Windy City’s tip credit completely. A similar move is already playing out poorly in the District of Columbia, where diners are confused about how, if at all, to tip their local servers. Across the…