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Chik-fil-A Planned For Elston Avenue

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Dozens of people line up overnight to win free food for a year at Chik-Fil-A in the Denver area. Could similar sights soon be coming to Elston Avenue? (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – A plan to bring a Chik-fil-A restaurant to the Elston Avenue retail corridor in the Bucktown area goes before the Chicago Plan Commission Thursday.

Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily reports Chik-fil-A plans to open a 4,600 square-foot drive-through location in the parking lot of the Home Depot store, at 2579 N. Elston Ave.

The move will reduce the parking lot capacity to 380 spaces, according to the agenda for the 1 p.m. Plan Commission meeting.

Chik-fil-A came to the Chicago area earlier this year, opening restaurants in Aurora, Orland Park and Wheaton.

The chain was founded in Atlanta in 1967, and is known for being closed on Sundays, in what founder and devout Christian S. Truett Cathy called, “Our way of honoring God and directing our attention to things more important than our business.”

The Elston Avenue corridor between Logan Boulevard and Fullerton Avenue is lined with big-box retail. In addition to the Home Depot, a Target, PetSmart, Room Place furniture, CompUSA and Famsa furniture store all line the street, and traffic is often jammed with cars entering and exiting the parking lots.

On Wednesday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that a landowner on the street is considering having a full-size Wal-Mart store constructed on the current site of an industrial building, at 2501 N. Elston Ave.

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