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Wicker Park Checkers Opening Delayed Again

The fast food restaurant is now six months behind its scheduled July 2019 opening.

Checkers fries and a hamburger, on the chain's Facebook page.
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Editor’s note: This story has been updated after further opening delays.

POLISH TRIANGLE — The highly-anticipated Wicker Park/West Town opening of Checkers has been delayed — again.

After months of delays, the fast food restaurant is now eyeing a late January opening, spokesperson Jennifer Hoch said on Monday.

In July of last year, Checkers initially announced a summertime at 1555 W. Division St. The restaurant would be attached to, and would share an address with, a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen.

While Popeyes eventually opened in the corner storefront facing the Division Street-Ashland Avenue intersection, the Ashland Avenue-facing Checkers remained closed throughout the fall and winter.

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

In December, Checkers announced a Dec. 27 opening. Then a Dec. 30 opening.

Hoch, the spokesperson for the company, did not have an explanation for why the late December timeline had been pushed into mid-January.

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She did tell Block Club last month that “various factors” were to blame for the five-month lapse between July and December.

“The opening has been delayed due to various factors and the group is now putting the final touches for the grand opening,” Hoch said.

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.

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

The pair of chain restaurants are on the southeast corner of Division Street and Ashland Avenues, across from the Polish Triangle, sandwiched between Wicker Park and West Town. 

While Checkers is known for its double drive-thrus, the Wicker Park location will be walk-in only. 

RELATED: Checkers And Popeye’s Coming Next Door To evilOlive In Polish Triangle

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. 

The pair of chains are next to the temporarily shuttered evilOlive nightclub.

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