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Jollibee's Long-Awaited Unveiling Brings the Philippines to Chicagoland

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Folks are waiting hours on opening day

Lines with four to five hours waits were reported this morning at the Jollibee opening in Skokie.
Lines with four to five hours waits were reported this morning at the Jollibee opening in Skokie.
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Jollibee has arrived, Chicagoland. The restaurant officially swung open its doors at 7 a.m. today, introducing suburban Skokie to fried chicken, burgers and Filipino spaghetti. The first customer lined up at 9 p.m. the day before on Thursday, staying overnight to ensure they'd dine at the fast-food restaurant on opening day.

The interiors are typical of a fast-food restaurant. There's padded stools, high tables and flatscreen menus hang above the cashiers' counter. This Jollibee has outdoor seating in the front and rear, as well as a drive-thru. It's the first Jollibee in the Midwest and the 34th in America for the chain that ranks No. 1 in the Philippines and ninth-largest in the world.

The restaurant is injecting a bit of excitement this weekend in the middle of a bunch of suburban strip malls on Touhy. Opening weekend should be busy, as many Filipino-Americans want to be part of this cultural event. Check out the photos below.

Jollibee, 3534 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie, hours not posted yet.

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Jollibee

3534 W Touhy Ave, Skokie, IL 60076 Visit Website

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