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Chick-fil-A opening in the Loop on June 20

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May 16, 2013|By JoVona Taylor | RedEye

Chick-fil-A, the restaurant known for its chicken sandwiches and its president's stance on gay marriage, is opening a second location near State and Lake Street.

The official opening date for the new location is June 20.

While the chain restaurant usually offers its first 100 customers free giveaways on its opening day, Bernard Hendrix--a public relations coordinator for Chick-fil-A--said details on the First 100 event for the new location has not been confirmed.

“Because First 100 is such a popular event, people will usually camp out near the location a day or two in advance to avoid the rush,” he said. “It’s usually on our property, but the new location is shared.”

Hendrix said the urban setting of the State and Lake location may mean changes to the traditional opening day giveaway. He advises those interested in the First 100 event to stay updated through visiting the Chick-fil-A website.

The new Chick-fil-A is the second to open in Chicago, after the Loyola Water Tower location.

The company expressed interest in opening a second restaurant in Logan Square last year, but alderman of the ward--Proco “Joe” Moreno—did not want the restaurant in the area after Chick-fil-A President, Dan Cathy, made public comments against gay marriage.

Despite the controversy over the Logan Square location, Chick-fil-A has made its way to the Loop.

Hendrix said that Chick-fil-A is looking to hire 60 to 75 employees for the new location. Applications will be available at the restaurant closer to its opening date or requested by emailing cfastatelake@gmail.com.

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