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About Us

We are the Illinois Restaurant Association,
and we are dedicated to restaurants.

The foodservice industry in Illinois is the largest private sector employer in the state, with projected employment in 2013 of 517,900 people and over $21.7 billion in annual sales. To serve the needs of this important industry and support its future, the Illinois Restaurant Association works to provide restaurant operators and suppliers in Illinois with valuable business services, networking opportunities, cost saving programs, and vital advocacy.


Founded in 1914, the Illinois Restaurant Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting, educating and improving the restaurant industry in Illinois.

IRA Headquarters

33 W. Monroe, Suite 250
Chicago, IL 60603

800-572-1086 (toll free phone)
312-787-4000 (phone)
312-787-4792 (fax)

General inquiries may be directed to

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