The State of Local Restaurants 2020

CHICAGO, IL


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at 36,000 local restaurants across the United States, including Chicago. The result is a comprehensive look at when local restaurants make the most money, when they seat the most guests, and when customers tend to spend a little extra when eating out.

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

On a given day, restaurants in Chicago brought in $1,313 in revenue. The average restaurant processed about 44 transactions each day while seeing customers spend an average of $29.79 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$1,313 44 $29.79
     

 

What days of the week are restaurants in Chicago busiest?

Fridays and Saturdays are busy at restaurants across the country, and things were no different for Chicago restaurants

 

 

 

 

 

 

What time of year do restaurants in Chicago make the most money?

Chicago locals clearly love to dine out regardless of the season, but what does the average year look like from week to week at restaurants in Chicago? Let's take a look.

 

Top 5 days for Chicago restaurants

Mother's Day and Father's Day weekends were both huge for Chicago restaurants, with both holidays accounting for the top four days of the year overall.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

5/12/19

Mother's Day

5/11/19

Mother's Day Weekend

6/15/19

Father's Day Weekend

6/16/19

Father's Day

6/1/19

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Chicago 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 250 -24% 60% $1,456 11% 41 -7% $35.67 20%
Super Bowl Sunday 147 5% 80% $1,521 16% 45 2% $33.78 13%
Valentine's Day 135 15% 89% $1,503 14% 47 7% $31.95 7%
St. Patrick's Day 80 34% 84% $1,846 41% 54 23% $34.16 15%
Friday before Easter 60 39% 93% $1,726 31% 55 24% $31.49 6%
Saturday before Easter 29 50% 93% $1,858 41% 56 26% $33.47 12%
Easter Sunday 149 4% 70% $1,724 31% 41 -6% $41.66 40%
Cinco de Mayo 40 46% 90% $1,889 44% 55 25% $34.39 15%
Friday before Mother's Day 47 45% 96% $1,747 33% 55 25% $31.65 6%
Saturday before Mother's Day 2 70% 96% $2,057 57% 57 29% $36.16 21%
Mother's Day 1 91% 87% $2,525 92% 56 27% $45.08 51%
Friday before Memorial Day 42 46% 99% $1,698 29% 55 24% $31.06 4%
Saturday before Memorial Day 34 49% 98% $1,761 34% 53 20% $33.28 12%
Memorial Day 235 -21% 66% $1,398 6% 44 -1% $32.12 8%
Friday before Father's Day 38 47% 100% $1,699 29% 55 25% $30.83 3%
Saturday before Father's Day 3 66% 99% $1,942 48% 57 30% $33.93 14%
Father's Day 4 66% 90% $2,121 62% 53 20% $39.96 34%
4th of July 296 -32% 58% $1,356 3% 42 -4% $31.96 7%
Friday before Labor Day 71 35% 97% $1,620 23% 54 22% $30.14 1%
Saturday before Labor Day 32 49% 96% $1,804 37% 55 24% $33.08 11%
Labor Day 226 -18% 64% $1,478 13% 48 8% $31.04 4%
Halloween 220 -17% 87% $1,097 -16% 38 -14% $28.83 -3%
Thanksgiving Eve 145 7% 86% $1,438 9% 46 5% $30.97 4%
Thanksgiving 359 -50% 43% $1,344 2% 33 -24% $40.17 35%
Christmas Eve 281 -28% 59% $1,415 8% 35 -20% $40.33 35%
Christmas Day 364 -62% 26% $1,690 29% 38 -14% $44.65 50%
New Year's Eve 174 -6% 67% $1,611 23% 42 -4% $38.19 28%

Methodology

Womply analyzed daily revenue for over 36,000 restaurants in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, for all 365 days of the 2019 calendar year. Restaurants were only included in 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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