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Skokie Jollibee Opening Pushed Back In Suburban Chicago

Patience, Filipino food fans

A rendering of Jollibee Skokie
A rendering of Jollibee Skokie
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Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

Take a deep breath, folks. A Jollibee spokeswoman says the Skokie opening of the first Midwestern outpost of the Filipino fast-food restaurant has been delayed. She didn't provide an exact opening date, only saying that getting the restaurant open is taking a little more time than expected versus the July 21 grand opening target. It should happen later in the month, and the company should share a date next week.

The official word for the delay is Jollibee is testing systems to ensure everything runs smooth before the opening. This won't affect the upcoming Jollibee arriving in Chicago at 5033 N. Elston Ave. The company has only said that the city location will open later in 2016. For those unfamiliar with Jollibee's signature spaghetti, the Tribune's Joseph Hernandez shared insight from his Filipino heritage and described the noodles topped with hot dogs and a sweet sauce.

Jollibee is the Philippines most-popular fast-food chain, and they've opened restaurants in Los Angeles and Houston, generating large crowds wanting a taste of the homeland.