Chuck-E Cheese and his band of animatronic friends want to take their entertainment to a new venue in Naperville but needs the city’s approval first.
The restaurant’s parent company C.E.C. Entertainment brought a proposal before the planning and zoning commission that would allow them to occupy vacant property at Aurora Avenue and Route 59.
Formerly an interior decorating supply store, the building is zoned for a community shopping center. So the petitioner is asking that it be rezoned for an amusement establishment.
Should that be approved, it would also require 148 parking spaces according to the municipal code but there’s currently only 94 spaces so the company’s also requesting a parking lot variance.
“I’m going to support this but I have enormous concerns about the parking,” said Commissioner Robert Williams. “For one thing, I don’t want to lose Chuck-E Cheese. I think that Chuck-E Cheese has been an outstanding business in Naperville for decades.”
The commission voted on a positive recommendation to go before the city council, who ultimately has the final say.
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