But not everyone in Chicago that would be affected by the hike supports the idea.
When several city alderman pushed for $15 in four years, the mayor appointed a Minimum Wage Working Group, which held held several public hearings and then met behind closed doors Monday afternoon, voting 13-3 to approve raising the city's minimum wage to $13.
The Chicago Retail Merchants Association voted against the plan.
"First, we want to thank Mayor Emanuel for including CRMA in these discussions and ensuring the opinions of our members were heard. That said, CRMA opposes any increase in the minimum wage," said Rob Karr, president of CRMA.
"Increasing the largest expense on a retailer's balance sheet by 57.5% over four years is not sustainable or affordable," he said. "Further, given the many borders Chicago shares with other communities, Chicago employers will not be able to simply increase prices or they will wind up closing down as their customers seek lower prices a few short blocks away.
"Chicago employers will have to cut costs, and that likely means fewer hours or no hours for the most vulnerable employees - those without the education or skills necessary to advance in the modern workplace?"
The council members recommended that the Chicago council vote be delayed until after the state legislature considers raising the minimum wage hike after the November 2014 election.