CHICAGO, IL — The latest round of layoffs in Illinois means thousands of lost jobs in restaurants, hotels and other hospitality businesses.
According to WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) notices issued Oct. 31, an additional 3,468 jobs are being cut, including more than 80 additional layoffs at companies previously hit by job cuts. Most of the cuts involve Chicago-area restaurants.
Wildfire, a steak and seafood chain, is cutting jobs at multiple locations, with permanent layoffs at its locations in Chicago (29 jobs cut), Oak Brook (35 jobs cut) and Lincolnshire (33 jobs cut). Big Bowl also announced 26 permanent layoffs at its Chicago location and 44 at its Schaumburg location.
Bon Appetit Management Co. of Chicago — an on-site restaurant company offering food service management to corporations, universities, museums and other specialty venues — announced 167 permanent layoffs.
Other restaurant job cuts:
L. Wood’s Tap & Pine Lodge in Lincolnwood: 37 permanent layoffs
Joe’s Prime Steak, Seafood and Stone Crab in Chicago: 64 permanent layoffs
Shaw’s Crab House in Chicago: 69 permanent layoffs
Shaw’s Crab House and Tokio Asian Fusion in Schaumburg: 27 permanent layoffs
Hub 51 in Chicago: 34 permanent layoffs
Summer House Santa Monica and Stella Barra Pizzeria in Chicago: 31 permanent layoffs
RPM Steak in Chicago: 25 permanent layoffs
RPM Seafood, RPM Events and Pizzeria Portofino in Chicago: 80 permanent layoffs
Beatrix in Chicago: 40 permanent layoffs
Saranello’s in Wheeling: 31 permanent layoffs
Osteria Via Stato in Chicago: 25 permanent layoffs
Petterino’s and Do-Rite Donuts in Chicago: 80 permanent layoffs
RPM Italian in Chicago: 36 permanent layoffs
Bub City and Joe’s Live in Rosemont: 66 permanent layoffs
Bub City in Chicago: 40 permanent layoffs
MEI in Chicago: 25 permanent layoffs
Ema in Chicago: 38 permanent layoffs
Ramen-San, Dance Studio and Il Porcellino in Chicago: 47 permanent layoffs
Hornblower Cruises & Events LLC, which operates Odyssey and Seadog cruises at Navy Pier, announced 296 permanent layoffs. Hornblower purchased Entertainment Cruises, previously owned by Gov. J.B. Pritzker's venture capital firm, in 2019.
Aramark at Morton Arboretum announced 92 temporary layoffs, while Aramark at Rosemont Convention Center announced 93.
Ace Hotel in Chicago is also announcing 64 temporary layoffs, and the Whitehall Hotel of Chicago is announcing 54 permanent layoffs.
Meanwhile, Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA in Bannockburn is cutting 400 jobs due to relocation and restructuring.
Another company announcing 400 permanent layoffs is Transform SR Holding Management LLC of Hoffman Estates. The company owns and operates department stores including Sears, which has just over 80 stores remaining nationwide, and Kmart, which only has 34 remaining locations nationwide and none in Illinois.
Retailer Le Tote Inc. also announced 29 permanent layoffs at its Northbrook store and 30 at its Schaumburg location.