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Job Opportunities

The following is a listing of industry job opportunities in the area.


Chef By Request - Lisle 
Elements - Naperville


Prep Cook/Pantry Cook:  Days needed part time, mostly Wednesday through Saturday.  Pay is $13 to $15/hr. depending on skill set.

Kitchen porter/dish room:  Days and nights needed at either location.  Pay is $13 to $14/hr.

Catering Event Chefs:  $18 to $22 an hour depending on past work experience.  Weekends only, normally only 1 or 2 shifts are available a week.

For further information, please contact Chef David Miller at  or call General Manager Al Shelton at 630-493-4300.


Grand Hotel - Mackinac Island, Michigan


Food Prep/Cook and Servers - Permanent/long-term jobs or summer jobs through September for college students or others who want to work, gain skills, and explore Mackinac Island, which sits in Lake Huron between Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas. Busy full time jobs for high-energy employees. Overtime available. Free housing, free meals, and no transportation costs (live on the property) = full paycheck is the employee's to save or spend.  On-the-job training. Age 18 or older may apply online and upload a resume: If candidates have trouble uploading a resume, they may email it to


Kilwins - Wheaton


Production Cook/Candy Cook - Works under direction of the Store Manager.  Prepare handmade candies, waffle cones and bowls, perform customer service duities, clean and restock store. Previous sales experience helpful but not necessary. Applications are available at their website or you may call direct at 630-668-2353 or visit their store at 100 N. Hale in Downtown Wheaton.

Glen Oak Country Club


Pool Concessions Line Cook/Prep Cook -  The Concession cook is responsible for preparing the concession menu items utilizing cooking equipment in a fast-paced environment.  The Concession cook must be detail oriented and keep safety and sanitation at the forefront.  

  • Responsible for cooking and packaging food product which is prepared to order or kept warm until sold.
  • Responsible for cleaning, stocking, and restocking workstations.
  • Responsible for maintaining quality and production standards on all menu items.
  • Maintains sanitation, health and safety standards in all work areas.
  • Must take verbal orders as well as printed orders, as well as be able to maintain a fast-working pace throughout service.

No experience necessary, just the willingness to learn and work hard!  Please submit resumes to Will Herman, Clubhouse Manager at 

Miller's Ale House - Multiple Locations


Seeking servers, hosts, bartenders, cooks, bussers, prep/dishwashers and expo. Our success depends on the success of those who work at our House. Come work in a place where you’ll feel connected, valued, challenged and have the opportunity for personal and professional growth. We offer a 40% dining privilege, a fast-paced, fun environment and opportunity for advancement.  To apply, text MillersJobs to 97211.

Hampton Inn & Suites - Burr Ridge


The Hampton Inn & Suites Burr Ridge has the following positions available:

  • Guest Service Representative
  • Overnight Front Desk Representative
  • Housekeeping Room Attendant
  • Breakfast/Laundry Attendant
  • Engineering Manager

Please email your resume to Mark Stangle, General Manager: or call
(630) 655-1000 x4905 for more information.

Honey Butter Fried Chicken - Chicago


Want to work with some great people and serve up delicious food? Join our AWESOME Team! We are a kind and generous kitchen, we practice our craft with respect and dignity for food, and one another. We work together as a team to get the job done. 

Loving, understanding, including, and valuing people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, religions, disabilities, and sexual orientations, as well as varying personalities, skill sets, experiences, and knowledge bases is a core value at Honey Butter Fried Chicken. All qualified applicants will receive consideration.

Seeking applicants in Culinary and Service areas as well as a Catering & Events manager.  To get more information or apply, please visit the HBFC hiring page.

Blackberry Market - La Grange & Glen Ellyn Locations


Looking to expand your experience and skills?  Want to work in a fun and friendly environment?  Blackberry Market is a great place to work and grow in your culinary journey! They are looking for full and part time cooks, bakers and front of the house staff to join their crews in La Grange and Glen Ellyn.  Send your resume to

Arlington International Racecourse - Arlington Heights


NOW HIRING Cook - We are the face and name of Levy, providing the most premium food and beverage experiences that Levy has to offer, and demonstrating Levy’s value as a restauranteur and distributor in the sports and entertainment industry.

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Follows recipe guidelines
  • Knows menu items specific to position
  • Adheres to location appearance guidelines
  • Acts with a sense of urgency and provide friendly, efficient service to teammates and guests

If interested please contact Executive Chef Charles Humphreys

Butterball Turkey Talk Line - Naperville


Seeking highly energetic, food passionate individuals to join our Butterball Turkey Talk-Line team for the upcoming holiday season. This seasonal, independent contractor position is responsible for
responding to questions from consumers via phone, email, chat, text and social media.  Talk Line offices are located in Naperville but remote work from home options are also available!  Season runs from October through December.  Interested parties should hold a degree in nutrition, food related or culinary arts.  Please send your current resume to

Manna Kitchen - Lisle


Manna Kitchen was established in 2019 and is the first plant-based restaurant in the Western Suburbs of Chicago. Dishes from our globally inspired menu are made to order for patrons in our two dining rooms seated on the patio or for take-out orders.

Open Positions:

Head chef - Responsibilities include demand planning and ingredient ordering for our standard recipes, help create dishes and weekly specials, hands on preparation of dishes, providing new diners and returning patrons with a consistent, high quality meals. You should be able to delegate tasks to kitchen staff to ensure meals are prepared in a timely manner. Also, you should be familiar with sanitation regulations. If you enjoy a fast-paced kitchen environment, get along well with others, have experience with advanced cooking techniques and non-traditional ingredients, we’d like to meet you.

Line cook - Prepare food to recipes and to set up and operate stations (grill, stove, finishing table). Full time or part time can be accommodated.

Dishwasher -  No prior experience necessary – we’ll train the right person. Full- or part time positions available. We are a small team of dedicated chefs, cooks and front staff and recognize that each task in the restaurant is equally important to ensure the best possible experience for our dining patrons – that includes well cleaned dishes, utensils, surfaces etc.

Email your application and resume:, or call 630-536-8328 to set up an interview. Ask for Shanti or Markus Schramm (Owners).

Mid-America Club - Chicago


Line Cook - Responsible for ensuring the highest quality of culinary services for our Members and guests. Support a la carte and private event food production while maintaining consistent food preparation and plate presentation for a la carte venues and catered events. The Cook also helps to ensure the safety of fellow Employee Partners. Responsibilities:

  • Maintains clean and safe work environment
  • Assists the Executive Chef and Sous Chef with any task requested

Job Qualifications:

  • Prior experience as a Cook required
  • Working knowledge of broiler, pantry and saute stations
  • Diplomatic team player able to foster relationships with Members, Employee Partners and Guests
  • Possesses a passion for exceeding Member expectations and a commitment to excellence, providing the highest quality Member and guest experience 

To apply, see the job posting on myjobhelper.

Inn at Water's Edge - COD - Glen Ellyn Campus


Operate the front desk and support housekeeping department at the Inn at Water's Edge in the Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC). This includes guest check-in and checkout, reservations, providing guests with services as requested, operation of the property management system for all guest services. Responsible for end of shift close-out of accounts. Work within the housekeeping department to clean guest rooms and public areas. Work within housekeeping department on special projects and other related tasks. Interact with other departments in the CHC such as fine dining, catering, events and amphitheater performances as well as other departments at the College such as Arts Center, Police Department and Facilities. For further information or to apply, please visit the job posting site.

LifeCafe - Burr Ridge


The LifeCafe Staff will be responsible for executing menu items according to recipe and speed of service standards.  They will need to deliver exceptional customer service and maintain a clean and sanitized environment.                                                                                              

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Executes food, shakes and beverage orders in a fast and efficient manner
  • Responds to members questions and makes suggestions regarding food and service
  • Ensures cleanliness in a fast paced customer focused environment
  • Executes espresso drink orders in a fast and efficient manner                 

To get further information or apply please visit their careers page.

Hyatt Regency O'Hare - Rosemont


Operations Supervisor CHI010815  - The Operations Supervisor works closely with colleagues from all operational areas that may include, but are not limited to Front Office, Guest Services, Housekeeping/Laundry, Food & Beverage/Events. This highly visible role gives opportunity for casual conversation and has a direct impact on creating the guest experience. This position requires knowledge of hotel services, local events and venues, and transportation options. The candidate must also have open availability and a flexible work schedule including nights, weekends and overnights.  Visit their careers site to apply.

The Argonaut Oyster Bar Catering - Naperville


Seeking Boiler/Line Cook and Host/Runner in the suburbs and city. Events will be held primarily on weekends.

They are looking for someone who loves working in a fast-paced environment and is interested in learning more about the world of luxury catering. The Argonaut Co. offers a unique experience to its guests through premium hospitality practices and the freshest seafood found in the Chicagoland area. We want to guide the future of hospitality and create an atmosphere of success for all.

Salary: $12-$15/hour (based on experience)
Send your resume to Francesca Robbs at

Wyndham Garden - Schaumburg


The Wyndham Garden in Schaumburg is looking for Front Desk Agents for 24-40 hours a week. We will happily work around their school schedule and it is a position that could offer tremendous growth within our company. It pays $12-$14 per hour.  Please contact for more information.

Compass Group - Nationwide


TouchPoint Support Services, a sector of Compass Group, provides integrated food, nutrition, environmental, and support services to acute care hospitals and senior living communities across the country.  Multiple positions available:  housekeepers, culinary ambassadors, food service workers, food service utility cooks, cashiers, baristas, supervisors & more.  For more information or to apply online, visit

The Forge - Lemont Quarries


We are currently looking to fill kitchen positions for dining on the quarry shelf. This is a seasonal position and
hours vary widely, but we have both AM and PM part time positions, mostly Thursdays through Sundays. This is a complex role because the kitchen is in downtown Lemont and we deliver, grill and serve food at the park, so it is more of a hybrid between gaining catering and restaurant experience. We are seeking grill/prep cooks. In addition to that role, candidates can also anticipate contributing to occasional dishwashing, food running, deep cleaning, assisting in transportation of food from kitchen to the quarry shelf, set up and break down. Candidates that get selected will learn the day to day operations of a catering and restaurant operation, work with seasonal and on trend menus, proper sanitation techniques, confidence with working as a team and real life experience.  Wages start at $11.00 per hour.  If interested, please contact Executive Chef Jeanine Perla -

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises - Beatrix - Oak Brook 


Looking for: Servers, Bartenders, Hosts, Line cooks, Prep cooks and Dishwashers.  They have flexible scheduling and would discuss pay based on experience and position. Please view their career page for more information.

My Chef Catering - Naperville


My Chef is one of the Western Suburbs’ largest and most respected upscale caterers. Their reputation was built on excellent food, beautiful presentation and friendly, professional service and have been in operation for 30 years. 

We are hiring and preparing to train plate-up service staff, servers, server assistants and bartenders, as team members to provide impeccable service at various types of events, including weddings, showers, parties, corporate and charity events, etc. Location of events are typically within a 20-mile radius of Naperville and do require your own transportation to event sites. Part-time / As-needed, primarily weekends.Hours vary weekly and seasonally. Pay is hourly, plus gratuity. Contact Kerry at, or call @ (630) 717-1167.

Friendship Village - Schaumburg


Seeking a cook to work their full service restaurant, prepping from scratch, plating and garnishing plus other duties as needed.  Hours are 11am-7pm with pay based on experience.  Please contact Executive Chef Adam Shimer at, or call 847-884-5707.  To view position details, visit their recruiting page.




Contact Information

Laura Lerdal, Culinary Market and Lab Coordinator, (630) 942-2359

Anna Gay, Program Support Specialist, (630) 942-2502

Jim Mulyk, Chair, Hospitality, (630) 942-6429

David Kramer, Chair, Associate Professor, Culinary, Baking and Pastry Arts, (630) 942-2868

Tim Meyers, Chair, Professor, Culinary, Baking and Pastry Arts, (630) 942-3223

Arts, Communication, and Hospitality Division
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 219, (630) 942-2048