A Chick-fil-A with drive-thru lanes is coming to the South Loop
The city’s first Chick-fil-A with a drive-thru is coming to a new retail development at 1113 S. Jefferson Street in the South Loop, according to a real estate report. The chicken-focused fast-food giant will reportedly break ground on a 5,000-square-foot space with two drive-thru lanes in the spring and plans to open it by the end of 2019. There are currently three Chick-fil-A locations in the city of Chicago: on Chicago Avenue near the Mag Mile, on State and Lake streets, and at UIC.
McDonald’s Headquarters international restaurant underwent renovations
The global-menu restaurant at McDonald’s Headquarters on Randolph Row was closed for multiple days around Christmas to implement renovations that included much more counter space and a larger customer waiting area, the Sun-Times reports. The changes came just seven months after opening and it reopened on December 28.
Logan Square’s Son of a Butcher by Whisk is closed most of January
Son of a Butcher by WHISK is temporarily closed as the Logan Square space goes through renovations. Owner Rick Rodriguez wants to fix up the furniture and switch out soda equipment. The restaurant’s contract with Pepsi is finished and they’re going with Coke products. They served New Year’s Day brunch and now estimate to be closed for three weeks. They will continue to take carry out orders via GrubHub, Rodriguez added.
Wicker Park’s Links Taproom remains closed due to broken sewer line
Popular Wicker Park beer bar Links Taproom remains closed following a city shutdown after Christmas. CBS2 reports that the closure stems from a complaint from next door of a “foul smell” — the cause of a broken sewer line beneath the building — despite a Links spokesperson previously saying that the closure isn’t sewage related. There’s no word yet when it might reopen, but customers can visit sister bar Schoolyard Tavern in Lakeview.
Stabbing at South Side sports bar
A woman was stabbed and seriously injured last weekend at South Side sports bar 50 Yard Line, according to news reports. She was released from the hospital. The 27-year-old bar at 69 E. 75th Street was the site of shots being fired, one death, and multiple injuries back in March 2016, but it remained open.
Rush Street favorite Le Colonial staying open through January before moving
And finally, as longtime Gold Coast fixture Le Colonial plans to move nearby, it will remain open throughout January after previously announcing the current location would close on New Year’s Eve. The new location, 57 E. Oak Street, is slated to open in “early winter 2019.”