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Chick-fil-A follows biscuit success with spicy nuggets

Cox News Service | Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A says diners reserved nearly 1 million free spicy breakfast biscuits on, starting on Dec. 27. Some stores ended the promotion on Jan. 1, while others continued it until Jan. 8.

The biscuit went on sale on Monday. Get the full story »

Elston Ave. Chick-fil-A on plan commission docket

Crain’s Chicago Business | The Chicago Plan Commission is scheduled Thursday to consider plans for a 4,600-square-foot Chick-fil-A restaurant in the parking lot of the Home Depot on Elston Avenue.

Chick-fil-A fans flock to Wheaton opening

Tent city outside the new Wheaton Chick-fil-A. (WGN-TV)

The third and latest edition of the chicken restaurant opened at 6 a.m. in Wheaton with more than a hundred customers outside, many having spent the night and before that in sleeping bags and tents.

Some said they had been there since 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, taking advantage of the near record early November temperatures, in an effort to be one of the first hundred customers and receive a free weekly meal for a year.

Some who camped out since yesterday repeated their slumber parties when the chain opened two Chicagoland restaurants, most recently in Orland Park in October.

“This is Disneyland compared to Orland Park,” said Don Braaten, who stood in line with his older brother, Gary. Braaten was referring to the chain’s most recent opening, Oct 28.

“This is my third opening. I went to Aurora, Orland Park, and now here,” he said.

One man boasted of having hundreds of free certificates following the chain’s openings around the country.

Heidi Rewerts said she has probably eaten about 500 chicken sandwiches since the chain first opened in Atlanta 20 years ago.

“We’ve been waiting for 20 years for them to move here, and now we’re near two of them. I think it’s great,” she said. “I’ve been here since 4:30 yesterday morning.”

The chain says it has plans to open more restaurants in Chicago next year.

– Pat Curry

First Chicago-area Chick-fil-A opens

The parking lot at the new Chick-fil-A restaurant in Aurora briefly turned into a campground, with the chain offering the first one hundred people in line a one-year supply of 52 meals coupons on Thursday. (Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune)

Employees in crisp red shirts performed a variety of final tasks as the legendary chicken chain prepared to debut its first Chicago-area outlet at 6 a.m. Thursday at the Westfield Fox Valley Mall property on Aurora’s far east side.

An unofficial pre-opening on Wednesday drew dozens of Chick-fil-A fans from the Chicago area and beyond, lured by the prospect of free once-a-week meals for a year. The firm traditionally gives away coupons to the first 100 customers. Get the full story>>

Chicago-area Chick-fil-A opening Sept. 16

Chick-fil-A has planned grand opening activities Sept. 16 for its new restaurant opening in Aurora, its first store in the Chicago-area.

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A is moving ahead on three other restaurants in the suburbs. Next year, Chick-fil-A is planning to open its first restaurant in the city of Chicago, followed by one or two more by the end of 2011. Ultimately, the company hopes to have 25 restaurants here in five years. Get the full story »