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More Fast Food In The Polish Triangle: Checkers To Open July 16, Popeyes TBD

The fast food duo will open at the southeast corner of Division Street and Ashland Avenue.

Popeyes plans to open a new restaurant in Wicker Park at 1555 W. Division St.
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NOBLE SQUARE — Louisiana-style fried chicken Popeyes and burger joint Checkers are expected to open soon at the corner of Division Street and Ashland Avenue.

A spokesperson for Checkers told Eater Monday the restaurant will open July 16. It’s not yet known when Popeyes will open.

Representatives for Popeyes and Checkers have not responded to questions from Block Club.

Architect Hemal Purohit, who is designing both of the new adjacent restaurants at 1555 W. Division St., did not respond to a request for comment, either.

Checkers is known for its hamburgers, wings and “famously seasoned” French fries, while Popeyes offers Cajun-style fried chicken, fish and red beans and rice, among other offerings. 

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building permit issued last September for the former athletic store Villa — next to the temporarily shuttered evilOlive nightclub — revealed that the project calls for an interior tenant build-out of 3,321 square-foot storefront that will house two restaurants with common or shared restrooms.

Checkers & Rally’s Director of Franchise Development Bruce Kim told Eater the restaurants will not share a kitchen or public entrance, but they will be connected by an indoor hallway.

While the Checkers chain is mostly known in other parts of the country for its drive-through service, it does not appear that there would be anywhere for cars to pull in and out of at the already crowded intersection.

Other fast food options in the immediate area include a Burger King, which opened in 2015 on the opposite side of the Polish Triangle, at 1215 N. Milwaukee Ave., and a Wendy’s at 1623 W. Division St., just a half block west of the Division and Ashland intersection. 

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Credit: Alisa Hauser/Block Club Chicago
The former Villa apparel store at 1555 W. Division St. will become a Popeye’s and Checkers dual restaurant.