The first Chick-fil-A in the Chicago area has made Aurora its new home. Fans from around the country spent 24 hours in the parking lot of Chick-fil-A just for a chance to be one of the one hundred people to get free Chick-fil-A for a year.
Angeline Koras, from Addison Illinois, was the first person in line and camped out for 26 hours. “If I had a last meal it would be a dozen Chick-fil-A sandwiches, a pound of waffle fries, and two gallons of lemonade,” said Koras.
The chicken fanatics braved the elements and nothing could keep them away from the chance of getting free chicken sandwiches, but for Kevin Feldkamp from Cincinnati Ohio, the camp out was more than just a competition.
“It’s just a lot of fun. The whole day is a party and it’s a great time,” said Feldkamp.
“As I like to say God made Chick-fil-A,” said Naperville camper, Phil Weckerle.
Aurora’s Chick-fil-A owner and operator, Doug Lockwood, knows that the camp out tradition is not the only thing that will stay the same as the popular franchise moves north.
“We will be closed on Sunday as long as I am an operator and beyond,” said Lockwood. “The reason for that is Truett Cathy the founder of Chick-fil-A thought it was important that our team members had a day of rest to go to church be with our family or however they wish to spend it and that tradition continues with 1,500 Chick-fil-A’s across the country.”
One thing that remains the same is the chicken sandwich.
“We still use the same recipe from 1967, and in our opinion it is the best,” said Lockwood.
Based on early enthusiasm, it seems Chick-fil-A will be the craving of the month as some fans like to agree with Lockwood.
“It’s delicious and it’s amazing, the best thing I’ve ever had,” said Chick-fil-A customer Tracy Gregorski.
The Aurora Chick-fil-A restaurant is one of the 78 new locations the chain plans on opening this year, with one in Wheaton opening up in November.
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