In this time of overwhelming struggle and uncertainty, few industries will be hit as hard as the hospitality sector. In light of the government-enforced closure of all restaurants and bars in the state of Illinois, chefs and owners are forced to adapt in any way they can. This means by offering takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery options, as well as slinging gift cards and swag. And so local companies Stock Mfg. and Leisure Activities came up with an idea of how to help and have teamed up for a good cause.
The two have launched Chicago Hospitality United, a line of uniquely designed T-shirts to raise money for the local food and beverage community, with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to all those hourly employees who have been drastically affected by the closures.
Shirts cost $25 each, and customers can “leave a tip” if they’re able to provide any extra help. Sales from the shirts will then be divvied evenly among participating restaurants’ employees. The current lineup of eateries includes All Together Now, Elske, Ludlow Liquors, Mini Mott, Mott St, Scofflaw, Young American, Pacific Standard Time, Hopewell Brewing, Passerotto, and Birrieria Zaragoza.
Order here. Any little bit helps during this time.