Restaurants to Collectively Bring Approximately 400 New Jobs to the Area

CHICAGO (Jan. 11, 2021) – Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A® Inc. is excited to announce four new locations opening this month in the Chicago area. Chick-fil-A Bucktown in Chicago and

Chick-fil-A Joliet will open for business on Thursday, Jan. 14, while Chick-fil-A South Loop in Chicago and Chick-fil-A Elgin will open for business on Thursday, Jan. 21. These four openings will create employment opportunities for approximately 400 full- and part-time Team Members and bring the total number of Chick-fil-A locations in the Chicago area to 36, excluding licensed and delivery kitchen locations.

At Chick-fil-A, safe service is our first priority. New Chick-fil-A restaurants will take additional time to review operations and make sure appropriate precautions are in place before opening their dining rooms, to ensure the safety of Guests and Team Members. Currently, these four new restaurants will open for drive-thru service and mobile curbside pickup from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Third-party delivery will also be offered at each location shortly after the openings. Guests at each location can take advantage of the multi-lane drive-thru, contactless ordering and payment through the Chick-fil-A mobile app. To learn more about Chick-fil-A’s response to the coronavirus, please visit

In place of the traditional Chick-fil-A First ® Opening celebration, these four new restaurants have identified 100 local heroes making an impact in their communities to surprise with free Chick-fil-A for a year. Additionally, the Chick-fil-A Foundation has partnered with Feeding America to donate $25,000 to a local food bank for every new restaurant opening. To aid in the fight against hunger, this combined donation of $100,000 will go toward organizations in Chicagoland that are doing good work to care for others.

Locally Owned and Operated

Each Chick-fil-A restaurant is a locally owned and operated business. Chick-fil-A franchise owners live and work in the community in which their restaurants are located and are highly involved in the day-to-day operations at the restaurant.

Chick-fil-A Bucktown (Opening Thursday, Jan. 14)

Chick-fil-A, Inc. has selected Josh Faretta as the independent franchised Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A Bucktown, located near the intersections of West Fullerton, North Elston and North Damen avenues at 1910 W Fullerton Ave. Faretta is a native to the Chicago area who began his career with Chick-fil-A right out of college working as a Restaurant Team Member. Faretta is excited to grow his team and encourage them to take advantage of the career and leadership opportunities his local Chick-fil-A restaurant will offer.

Chick-fil-A Joliet (Opening Thursday, Jan. 14)

Chick-fil-A, Inc. has selected Kris Yoder as the independent franchised Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A Joliet, located at S. 2705 Plainfield Rd. in Joliet Commons. Yoder is a native of Illinois who was raised in the Chicago suburbs. He joined Chick-fil-A as a Restaurant Team Member just after college to make a positive impact in his community, and he is thrilled to bring his experience and passion for mentorship to Joliet. 

Chick-fil-A South Loop (Opening Thursday, Jan. 21)

Kareem Edwards has been selected as the independent franchised Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A South Loop, located at 1106 S Clinton St., just south of the Clinton subway station on the Blue Line and across from The Maxwell Shopping Mall. Born in Far Rockaway, N.Y., Edwards has lived in the South Loop neighborhood for the past 10 years. With a strong background in marketing and financial services, he looks forward to bringing that experience to best serve and make a positive impact on the South Loop community.

Chick-fil-A Elgin (Opening Thursday, Jan. 21)

Chick-fil-A, Inc. has selected Phil Tuttle as the independent franchised Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A Elgin, located at 1110 S Randall Road next to Sam’s Club and across from Willow Bay Park. Tuttle has been with Chick-fil-A for almost 10 years, having previously owned and operated Chick-fil-A Papillion in Papillion, Neb. He looks forward to using that experience to serve his Kane and Cook County neighbors.

About Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,600 restaurants in 47 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada.

A leader in customer service satisfaction, Chick-fil-A was named top fast food restaurant in Newsweek’s 2019 America’s Best Customer Service report and received several honors in QSR’s 2019 Reader’s Choice Awards, including “The Most Respected Quick-Service Brand” and “Best Brand for Overall Experience”. Additionally, Glassdoor named Chick-fil-A one of the top 100 best places to work in 2020. More information on Chick-fil-A is available at

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