That Chicago-area location for Jollibee, the Philippines' most-popular fast-food chain, is scheduled to open by "mid-year 2016," according to an update posted on the company's website. Officials announced the project back in February 2015 for a strip mall in suburban Skokie and Chicagoland's Filipino population, one of the biggest outside Asia, exploded with interest for the chain's first location in the Midwest.
The company has yet to respond to any media requests. The chain serves Filipino-style spaghetti and burgers at 32 locations in America, with 22 in California. Across the globe, they run more than 2,500 locations. The Skokie spot on the 3500 block of Touhy Avenue would be the first in Illinois.
There's also talk that Jollibee could head to Chicago proper as part of the Seafood City project slated for a former Kmart at 5033 N. Elston Ave. Again, the company has yet to respond to these rumors.