Make every visit to your neighborhood more delicious.

More people than ever are looking for unique local experiences in Chicago, especially when it comes to where they eat. We make local restaurants more visible to potential customers by doing the one thing no other local restaurant guide does: put food first.

The Opportunity

Big restaurant chains know that great visual marketing drives behavior, and they’ve got the budget to do it. Locally-owned, independent restaurants haven't been able to do the same thing with limited budgets. Until now.


The Impact

With hankr, it's easy for restaurants to powerfully and visually market their food at a price any small business can afford. How easy? A 90-minute photoshoot could add $3,600 in revenue to a restaurant's bottom line.


Food first.

hankr uses the power of visual search to connect restaurants with customers like never before. 

Since 2017, we've helped 80,000 local eaters find the perfect meal at 500 restaurants through and our free mobile app. 

How It Works 

  • For restaurants: Get professional photos of your food to use in all your marketing, a free six-month subscription on the hankr app and website, and a monthly subscription rate of just $8 after that. A 15-dish photoshoot is only $350. And there's no listings to manage --- the hankr team does it all.
  • For chambers: Deliver a great, easy program to your restaurants and receive access to a suite of hankr's visual marketing resources at no cost to promote restaurant members more effectively on your websites, social media, and email newsletters.

Case Study: Visit Eau Claire


To build on their destination's "Midwest Indie" brand, Visit Eau Claire and their restaurant partners wanted to show visitors their local food options are as good as the music scene. By working with hankr, the Taste of Eau Claire microsite gave them an inspiring, immersive guide to help visitors see and discover the perfect meal.

Local TV stations picked up the news and shared it with viewers, and the site generated over 3,000 sessions in the first 30 days.

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Hi, I'm John.

My idea for hankr started with giving travelers a more visual way to find food they love at local restaurants, and came from my experience as a director for and as a hobbyist food photographer.

I'm passionate about supporting local businesses, and have found that a great way to do that is to help the organizations that share that mission!

Today, hankr helps diners in eight cities explore nearly 5,000 dishes from more than 500 restaurants through the incredible power of visual search.