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Become a food delivery driver in Chicago, IL

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Searching for courier jobs in Chicago?

Instead, try delivering with Uber, which offers more flexibility than traditional courier jobs. Here are some of the benefits to being your own boss with Uber Eats.

Your wheels

Grab your car, bike, or scooter to be a delivery driver—or get around on foot.

Your time

Deliver whenever you want—for an hour, on the weekend, or throughout the week.

Your earnings

Before you accept any order, you’ll see how much you’ll get paid to deliver it.

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Learn about becoming a top-rated delivery person with Uber and how to earn more throughout the day.

Delivery driver

Chicago, IL

Part-time, flexible hours

An alternative to traditional delivery driving jobs in Chicago.

If you’re looking for delivery jobs in Chicago, give Uber a try instead. Get paid to drive or deliver when you want, on the platform with the largest network of active riders.

Delivering with Uber Eats in Chicago offers a flexible earning opportunity. It’s a great alternative to full-time delivery jobs, part-time delivery jobs, or other part-time gigs, temp jobs, or seasonal employment. Or maybe you’re already a rideshare driver and want to supplement your income by becoming a food delivery driver using the Uber Eats platform. Drivers using Uber come from all backgrounds and industries, setting their own schedule to make work fit into their lives, not the other way around.

Uber offers part-time delivery job alternatives in all major cities in the US, including Austin, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle—plus hundreds of other cities of all sizes across the country.

To be a delivery driver in Chicago, you must meet certain requirements. No matter how you deliver, you’ll need to submit your Social Security number for us to run a background screening. If you’re delivering by car, you must be at least 19 years old, have a 2-door or 4-door car, and have a valid driver’s license in your name. If delivering by scooter, you must be at least 19 years old, have a motorized scooter under 50cc, and have a valid driver’s license in your name (when signing up, be sure to choose Delivery by scooter under transportation method). If your deliveries will be completed by bicycle or on foot, you must be at least 18 years old and have a government-issued ID (when signing up, be sure to choose Delivery by bicycle—and in certain cities, Delivery by bicycle or foot—under transportation method).

Uber’s mission is to reimagine the way the world moves for the better. We started in 2010 to solve a simple problem: How do you get access to a ride at the touch of a button? More than 15 billion trips later, we’re building products to get people closer to where they want to be. By changing how people, food, and things move through cities, Uber is a platform that opens up the world to new possibilities.

Delivery drivers using Uber are independent contractors who work on their own schedule with flexible hours. Uber is available in more than 10,000 cities worldwide. Signing up is easy for most people. We welcome drivers from other parts of the driving industry, such as bus, truck, taxi, limo, catering, and commercial drivers. We also welcome rideshare drivers and drivers who have been active on other driving apps and services, such as Bridj, Curb, Lyft, Via, and Wingz. Driving with Uber is a good way to earn additional money. And you might also be eligible to deliver with Uber Eats. It’s easy to get started.

Frequently asked questions

  • Delivery driver jobs in Chicago offer different opportunities. Uber Eats has a broad range of merchants on the app, including Pasta, Salad, and Ethiopean spots. Not all delivery opportunities offer such a wide range of choices for customers.

  • Some delivery jobs have strict hours and rigid schedules. With Uber in Chicago, you can set your own schedule. It all depends on whether you want a traditional full-time or part-time delivery job, or you want the freedom to work whenever you choose.

  • If you’re only doing deliveries and are driving a car, it can have either 2 doors or 4 doors. You can see other delivery driver requirements and transportation options above on this page. The choices near you might include car, scooter, bike, and/or walking.

  • Your customers have the option to tip right from the Uber Eats app after every delivery. On Uber Eats, customers can add tips up to 7 days after a delivery is completed. You’re able to track your tips, which are all yours to keep, in the Earnings section of the Driver app.

  • As a delivery driver using Uber, you’ll get an earnings statement every week. But in the US, you can cash out before then by using Instant Pay—up to 5 times every day. Any remaining earnings, including whatever you earn from referral rewards and promotions, will be transferred to your bank account by the end of the week. You can learn more about Instant Pay at uber.com/drive/driver-app/instant-pay.

  • The Uber Eats app is available in more than 6,000 cities worldwide. In Chicago, there are about 6,100 restaurants, cafes, and shops offering delivery on Uber Eats. Some of the more popular ones include Health & Happyness : The Juicery, Blue Food Company, and The Pizza Corner.

  • There are a few factors, including how you’ll be delivering (by car, bike, scooter, or walking). The app will prompt you about the documents you’ll need for delivering in Chicago, and you must also pass a background screening.

  • After you’ve made a delivery in Chicago, you’ll see a monetary amount at the top of your screen. That shows your earnings. Look for more resources in the app to help you see your real-time totals and other details about how much money you’re making as a delivery driver.

  • You're likely to get more delivery requests in locations with more Uber Eats restaurants, often in downtown areas. In general in Chicago, 5pm-8pm has typically been the busiest time for deliveries.

  • Yes, you can drive and receive delivery requests in Chicago. In the Driver app, choose to deliver food with Uber Eats, then review and accept the delivery terms, and you’ll be ready to deliver. You can turn delivery requests on and off as you wish.

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