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Inside Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers First Chicago Location Near Loyola

The location opens on Tuesday in Rogers Park

Raising Cane’s is almost here, Chicago.
Barry Brecheisen
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.

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers is opening the first of perhaps a bundle of Chicago locations on Tuesday in Rogers Park, just north of the CTA’s Red Line Loyola Station. Founder Todd Graves opened the first location 21 years ago in Baton Rouge, Louisiana near Louisiana State University. Graves found success near college campuses and continues that strategy as his new Chicago location will serve hungry Loyola University students until 3:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday at 6568 N. Sheridan Road.

This location is a newer urban design. There’s no need to make space for a drive-thru like at suburban locations. Raising Cane’s opens its first Chicago-area store last year and has five suburban restaurants. The Chicago spot has an open kitchen and plenty of Loyola University merchandise. There’s even a reference to comedian Bob Newhart, perhaps the most famous Loyola alum.

The 3,100-square-foot space has seating for about 80. There’s three disco balls on the ceiling. Apparently, Graves installed a disco ball at the first location to cover up a skylight and it has been a tradition since. There’s also nods to Grave’s career before Cane’s. There’s a salmon prop on the wall as Graves was a commercial fisherman in Alaska.

When the Naperville location opened last year, the longest customers waited was about an hour with lines that wrapped twice around the restaurant. The buzz will likely be bigger for Chicago, Raising Cane’s staff believes. Take a tour through the space below.

There’s no free Wifi, but Loyola students can latch on to the university’s network.
The restaurant definitely panders to locals.
Some decorations to the right of the counter.
A different painting of Elvis Presley is another hallmark at every location.
The chain’s been around for 21 years.
Senn High School is closest high school to the restaurant.
The Chicago location represents a newer open kitchen design for the chain.
Barry Brecheisen
Raising Cane’s typically finds success near college campuses.
The restaurant employs 55, plus managers.
Barry Brecheisen
“One Love” has become a motto for the chain.
Every Raising Cane’s location features disco balls going back to the first one that opened on LSU’s campus.