Chick-fil-A is a fast-food chain that specializes in chicken sandwiches; these restaurants currently serve only United States, and their business plan focuses future efforts on the Midwest. In the past year or so, Chick-fil-A has opened several stores in the are.
Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A, says he and his company are "very much supportive of the family…the biblical definition of the family unit," which seems to mean he's at odds with those who advocate same-sex marriage.
In Chicago, Alderman Joe Moreno – whose district covers Logan Square -- is pushing to block a Chick-fil-A from his neighborhood due, in part, to allegedly anti-gay sentiments expressed by the chains religiously motivated owners. Mayors in Boston and Chicago have also said No to Chick-fil-A, though Mayor Emanuel has lately been pulling back on that position.
Oak Park's Lake Street area is home to a number of franchises, including the big hamburger chains but also the somewhat smaller Five Guys, Cold Stone Creamery, and soon, Felafill.
I have long bemoaned what's happening to Lake Street, the land of a thousand franchises. Still, I recognize that, alas, franchise operations are pretty much inevitable and having some tenants is better than having no tenants at all on this perennially troubled stretch of Oak Park.
Though we have several chicken franchises in Oak Park, none of them are on Lake Street, so it could be just a matter of time before Chick-fil-A makes a move for a space on our main drag.
Would a Chick-fil-A have a place in Oak Park – or should they be kept out?