Sonic In Chicago: Fast-Food Chain Has Eye On Uptown For First In-City Restaurant

The popular fast-food chain long known for their incessant television ads and lack of corresponding local stores appears to be nearing a deal for their first in-city restaurant.

According to the Uptown Update blog, previous reports that the city's Uptown neighborhood was among three picks for the chain's first Chicago store were accurate: The chain reportedly plans to open a restaurant near the Wilson CTA Red Line train station at a site that is currently a large parking lot at Kenmore and Wilson, according to the blog. The deal is "close" to being final.

The restaurant will open in August 2013 at the earliest if all goes according to plan, the company reportedly said in a recent meeting with community leaders.

Ald. James Cappleman last year told Chicagoist that he was "delighted" to welcome the chain into his ward. Two years ago, the area -- which has struggled with crime for some time -- saw the opening of a massive Target store and its long-dilapidated train station is scheduled for a massive reconstruction beginning next year.

Sonic first debuted in the Chicago area in 2008 with suburban stores in Country Club Hills and Aurora. It now has 10 Chicago-area stores.

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