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The State of Local Restaurants 2019

ILLINOIS


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2018 calendar year at 42,223 small, local restaurants across the United States, including Illinois. The result is a comprehensive look at when local restaurants do the most business, when they seat the most guests, and when customers tend to spend a little extra when eating out.

What we learned about local restaurant sales in Illinois

Illinois is the 24th-ranked state for average restaurant revenues in the United States, pulling in 8% less in daily revenue than the national average on a given day.

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How much do restaurants in Illinois make on an average day?

On a given day, restaurants in Illinois brought in $1,176 in revenue. The average restaurant also processed about 41 transactions each day while seeing customers spend an average of $28.89 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$1,176 41 $28.91
National Rank: 24 National Rank: 25 National Rank: 18

 

How much do local restaurants in Illinois make each week?

Weekends are big for restaurants across the country, and things were no different in the Prairie State, with 56% of all revenue coming in between Friday and Sunday.

Saturday was the biggest day of the week, accounting for 21% of all local restaurant revenue. Monday was the lowest performing day of the week, accounting for 9% of all revenue.

 

Saturday was also the busiest day of the week in terms of foot traffic, with Illinois restaurants processing an average of 50 transactions per day.

Illinoisans open their pocketbooks the most on Saturdays as well, spending $32.96 per ticket on average. Which is 14% more than the average ticket throughout the week.

 

 

How much does the average restaurant in Illinois make in a year?

Restaurants in Illinois experience their biggest months during the summer, as opposed to most restaurants across the country where revenue stays mostly consistent throughout the year.

 

Top 5 days for Illinois restaurants

Spring was huge for restaurants in Illinois as Mother's Day weekend saw the two biggest days of the year, followed by Cinco de Mayo and St. Patrick's Day.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

5/13/18

Mother's Day

5/12/18

Day before Mother's Day

5/5/18

Cinco de Mayo

3/17/18

St. Patrick's Day

4/28/18

Sunday Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday

 

Illinois restaurants on prominent days

Restaurants look to events and holidays to generate big sales for their business. Here’s how prominent days rank compared to the average day.

  Day rank based on total sales How much did restaurants that were open make?
Day Day Rank Total rev vs avg % of restaurants open Avg rev Rev vs avg Avg txns Txns vs avg Avg ticket Ticket vs avg
New Year's Day 349 -45% 50% $1,146 -3% 35 -16% $33.22 15%
Super Bowl Sunday 220 -16% 78% $1,121 -5% 36 -12% $31.28 8%
Valentine's Day 146 6% 88% $1,263 7% 41 1% $30.57 6%
President's Day 335 -39% 77% $819 -31% 31 -23% $26.04 -10%
St. Patrick's Day 4 65% 92% $1,874 59% 57 40% $32.83 14%
Saturday before Easter 39 44% 93% $1,625 38% 49 21% $32.85 14%
Easter Sunday 176 -7% 66% $1,475 25% 37 -9% $39.54 37%
Cinco de Mayo 3 70% 96% $1,846 56% 56 37% $33.05 14%
Day before Mother's Day 2 72% 97% $1,860 57% 52 27% $35.76 24%
Mother's Day 1 82% 88% $2,162 83% 51 24% $42.76 48%
Memorial Day 269 -26% 64% $1,215 3% 39 -5% $31.47 9%
Day before Father's Day 20 50% 98% $1,595 35% 48 18% $33.12 15%
Father's Day 13 52% 89% $1,790 52% 47 16% $37.76 31%
4th of July 317 -35% 59% $1,140 -3% 37 -9% $30.68 6%
Labor Day 259 -23% 62% $1,302 10% 43 4% $30.51 6%
Halloween 211 -15% 90% $997 -16% 38 -7% $26.20 -9%
Veteran's Day 135 17% 82% $1,492 26% 46 12% $32.55 13%
Thanksgiving 363 -56% 41% $1,119 -5% 30 -27% $37.73 30%
Black Friday 169 -3% 77% $1,310 11% 38 -6% $34.03 18%
Saturday before Christmas 43 42% 86% $1,721 46% 48 17% $35.90 24%
Christmas Eve 245 -20% 65% $1,271 8% 31 -24% $41.01 42%
Christmas Day 365 -70% 25% $1,261 7% 30 -26% $41.81 45%
New Year's Eve 155 0% 75% $1,398 18% 39 -4% $35.73 24%

Methodology

Womply analyzed daily revenue for 42,223 restaurants in all 50 states, including Illinois, as well as the District of Columbia for all 365 days of the 2018 calendar year. Restaurants were only qualified for the analysis if they qualified as small businesses, Womply had a full year of transaction history, and the business recorded multiple transactions per day, on average.

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