Chick-fil-A Chicago Offering Free Chicken for the Year to 100 Lucky People.

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Chicago, Tuesday, June 14, 2011. Y'all come to downtown Chicago this week for a spicy Southern chicken sandwich from the celebrated fast-food chain Chick-fil-A. The iconic chain is opening their first City of Chicago location, as the rooster crows, at 6:00a.m. this Thursday, June 16 at Loyola Water Tower Campus at 30 E. Chicago Ave. The restaurant, the second largest chicken chain in the nation, is a cow's best friend with their famous "EAT MOR CHIKIN" billboards showing iconic cows acting in their own self-interest.

Free Chick-fil-A for a Year.
Chick-fil-A will award a supply of free Chick-fil-A® Meals (52
certificates) to each of the first 100 adults in line, age 18 and older
with identification. People are invited to start lining-up at 6:00p.m. Wednesday, June 15. If there are more than 100 people in
line at that point, the spaces will be determined by a drawing. The downtown 'Chicago First 100 Event' will feature  a 12-hour
celebration near the restaurant that will include music, contests,
games, entertainment and, of course, plenty of Chick-fil-A. 

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Menu.
For those who don't win the free Chick-fil-A for the year, in other words--the paying customer, the prices are reasonable and there is a wide variety of choices. In addition to the Chick-fil-A signature spicy chicken sandwich, developed and refined
over the years since the early 60's, other offerings include: a Chick-fil-A Chicken biscuit for $2.19; fresh fruit
cups, steel-cut rolled oatmeal with a variety of toppings, and fresh
ciabatta bread sandwiches served with either chicken or bacon. Chick-fil-A
offers a completely trans fat-free menu.  Plus at no extra charge, parents
may substitute a small fruit cup for Waffle Potato Fries® included in
Chick-fil-A Kid's Meals®.

The Chicago Connection.
The
restaurant's upscale interior gives a nod to its Chicago location with a bench made from timbers used
for the original bleacher seating at Soldier Field along with Chicago-themed
artwork incorporating Chick-fil-A's signature Cow mascot. It looks like Chick-fil-A is committed to the Chicago market with plans to open as many as14 Chicago locations in the next three to five years.

The Name--which came first, the chicken, the egg or the cow?
The name, which is mispronounced more than it is pronounced correctly, is a spin-off from the cow meat know as filet mignon.  Chick-fil-A uses chicken breasts--the filet of the chicken.  Thus the logic, the cow's filet mignon cut is the chicken's filet mignon which became the Chick-fil-A as in chicken filet. A stretch--maybe--but that's the story. 

About Chick-fil-A.
According to the Chick-fil-A people, in 1995, a renegade cow, paintbrush in mouth, painted the three words "EAT MOR CHIKIN" on a billboard. From that day forward, the burger-eating landscape would forever be changed. These fearless cows, acting in enlightened self-interest, realized that when people eat chicken, they don't eat them. Today, the cows' herds have increased and their message reaches millions - on television, radio, the internet, and the occasional water tower. Needless to say, Chick-fil-A fully endorses and appreciates the monumental efforts made by our most beloved bovine friends.

Though long associated with the southern United States, where it has been a cultural icon, the chain has expanded into more of the country. As of June 2011[update], the chain has 1,558 locations in 39 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and is expanding especially in southern California and the Midwest.

Hours.
Chick-fil-A
will be open for business Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10:30
p.m., serving a full breakfast menu until 10:30 a.m.

Other Chicago-area locations.
301 Danada Square East, Wheaton - (630) 668-8350.
4435 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora - (630) 820-1660.
15605 South LaGrange Road, Orland Park - (708) 460-4663.

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  • As a Chicagoan living in the south (Carrollton, GA), I can shed a little light on Chick-fil-A.

    1) The service there is much higher than any other fast food restaurant. They greet you with a smile, they carry the food out to you, they take your finished trays from you, and the managers are always on the floor schmoozing with customers and making sure that it is all running smoothly.

    2) Like all fast food places, there food comes from food factories. There is no "clean" chicken here, nothing free range. Their chicken live in boxes on shelves in factories, and never see sunlight. Therefore, it is not the most nutritious food, and is likely a contributor to health issues down the line.

    3) Unlike many fast food places, there chicken products are pure chicken. Their nuggets taste real, compared to McDonald's and others. Even before biting into them, they look like real chicken, not processed chicken stamped into nugget sized molds.

    4) All of their sauces and ketchup have high fructose corn syrup in them. This is not necessary, but the choice of their corporate headquarters. It would cost pennies more to provide their customers with healthier products.

    5) There breakfast sandwiches are a good alternative to other fast food places. They taste a bit more healthy, natural, and tasty, than the big boys of fast food.

    I wonder if the Southern charm that makes this place so popular down here is translatable to Chicago. According to the article they will be closed on Sundays in Chicago, as they are down here. This is because of their Christian faith.

  • Woo hoo!!! Go Chik-fil-A! Being a Chicago transplant living in the South I appreciate a good grilled chicken sandwich. They are good, but not as good as Mickey's in Worth, IL. Will definitely have to pass this great news on to my niece & her husband in Chicago - they became addicted to Chik-fil-A when they visited us here in Jacksonville, FL - I think they ate there around 3x during their last visit. Gotta appreciate a fast food place that closes on Sundays due to their Christian faith. :)

  • The article implies that Chick-fil-A has only been around since 1995, which is way off. It actually was founded as the Dwarf Grill in 1946 by S. Truett Cathy, who is still the Chairman. He introduced the first chicken sandwich in the early '60s, and the first Chick-fil-A restaurant opened in Atlanta in 1967 at Greenbriar Mall. Chick-fil-A (not McDonalds!) was the first restaurant to sell chicken nuggets nationally.

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