Chick-fil-A Restaurant to Open Soon in Crystal Lake

The popular restaurant is targeted to open Aug. 9.


If you think you're seeing cow spots, you may be right.

Construction of the Chick-fil-A restaurant at 4812 Route 14 in Crystal Lake is nearly completed, and the company intends to open the fast-food restaurant sometime around Aug. 9, said Brenda Morrow, public relations coordinator for Chick-fil-A store openings. 

More information about the opening of the chain location should be forthcoming in the next two weeks, Morrow said.

The restaurant replaces the former Hooters restaurant, located in front of Menard's along Route 14. The Hooters buidling, originally a Hardee's restaurant, was leveled, and Chick-fil-A has built a brand new store in its place.

Chick-fil-A specializes in preparing a variety of chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets, salads, sandwich wraps, breakfast biscuits with eggs and bacon, milk shakes, and ice cream sundaes.

The restaurant's renown "cow campaign" features advertisements of cows, armed - or hoofed - with paint brushes, holding signs that read, "Eat more chicken." 

Lacie Driscol August 02, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I am a huge supporter of LGBT rights and I hate that CFA donates to so many anti-gay hate groups. However, I refuse to make my eating habits political. I just want some chicken nuggets!
John S August 02, 2012 at 06:01 PM
You espouse freedom of speech in one sentence and then condemn a group for wanting to organize a movement in the next. I'd tell you to look up irony in the dictionary, but why bother.
Matt Shedor August 02, 2012 at 06:32 PM
If i don't like some restaurant owner's politics, i'll eat somewhere else. Gays don't like a restaurant owner's politics, they want to deny him the right to do business. One redeeming factor; the only breeding gays take part in is the breeding of intolerance.
Matt Shedor August 02, 2012 at 06:33 PM
they also send a lot of kids to college...and it's got nothing to do with LGBT.
Matt Shedor August 02, 2012 at 06:34 PM
at least you recognize the fact that he is entitled to his opinion.
Matt Shedor August 02, 2012 at 06:36 PM
it's typical of liberals. a conservative doesn't like a tv or radio show, they change the channel. if a liberal doesn't like a tv or radio show, they try to get it cancelled. same goes with this.
Matt Shedor August 02, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Chick Fil A made millions yesterday because of one stupid, loud mouth, Alderman in Chicago...and Rahm. can you say "backfired"?
L. Poindexter August 02, 2012 at 10:27 PM
a question was asked, he answered! Why is it when someone agrees with you, it's Freedom of Speech, but if the disagree it's hate or "playing God" Get over yourself! I go to a lot of places that disagree with my beliefs. And you call us narrow-minded?!
L. Poindexter August 02, 2012 at 10:33 PM
I go to a lot of places who give money to groups I don't agree with! I go because I like the product! "trying to take away people's constitutional right to free speech?" you sure you want to go there? After all, that's EXACTLY what you're doing!
L. Poindexter August 02, 2012 at 10:35 PM
COMMON SENSE! Thank you, Lacie! I may disagree with you, but that's okay!
L. Poindexter August 02, 2012 at 10:38 PM
I strongly disagree with homosexuality, but I love watching Ellen! And yet, I'm supposedly intolerant?!
Kate Wade August 03, 2012 at 02:31 PM
L. Poindexter: 1. I think you missed my point. Maybe try reading what I wrote a second time. 2. That is not exactly what I'm doing. In fact, far from it. Let me know if you'd like me to explain further.
Roger August 03, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Bob, you certainly couldn't tell from the outpouring of support that their views are "extreme." There is a difference between being a bigot (such as yourself) and someone who is willing to stand up for their principles (such as Don Cathy). In the end (at the judgement bar) I'm putting my trust that Mr Cathy will be justified and you, sir, will simply be judged.
Roger August 03, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Petra, It's interesting you use the phrase "I can't tolerate..." when talking about others' intolerance. Who's to say your interpretation of the Bible isn't radical. Judging by the majority of Christian sects, yours is the radical interpretation. And if you don't know that in your heart already, I sympathize for your loss of the light of Christ. May God have mercy on your poor soul.
Luka Brat Z August 03, 2012 at 05:12 PM
I totally disagree with the CEO! Bible thumpers need to stop trying to force their beliefs on everyone else,BUTTTTTTTT the guy has the right to think/feel what he wants to! In athe messed up way, I appreicate his honesty. He has to accept gay marriage, but they dont't have to accept his beliefs.... little bit of a hypocrisy? Mountain out of a mole hill and we all took the bait on this one.
Amykate Cammarata August 03, 2012 at 06:13 PM
So it's not opening on the 9th? If the article said around the 9th and they would give more info in two weeks even though it's supposed to open next week. Boo.
L. Poindexter August 03, 2012 at 10:01 PM
I'm sorry you feel the need for me to explain this to you. You have said that because Chick-fil-A doesn't believe the way you do, you won't eat there. What that says to a company is that the owner's belief better not be expressed, but if it is, it better agree with me or I won't go there! Thus, you ARE trying to stop him from expressing his opinion! Like I said, I go to places that don't agree with my beliefs. Here is just a short list of companies that support gay marriage that I do buy from: Amazon, Microsoft, Target (in fact, they made an ad with a same sex couple)...and there are many others. My wife and I actually enjoy watching Ellen. And yet you would probably call ME intolerant! What's even more sad is that if I were to protest or start a boycott or even publicly state that I refused to go to a store that supported Gay marriage, I'd be called a bigot or worse! Why is it that if a company's owner (NO it is not written in any company documents) doesn't agree with you, it's called hate, but if they do it's called free speech???? There's a word for that: hypocrite! And like I posted before, it was a question that was asked and he answered it. At least he didn't try to beat around the bush! And Chick-fil-A doesn't say homosexuals can't eat there or work there! So get off your high horse. You are no better than you claim people who disagree with you are.
McCloud August 04, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Chik-Fil_A should next name a sandwich after Rahm. Maybe something like the Tiny Dancer, a side dish with some fruit.
Kate Wade August 04, 2012 at 03:16 AM
L. Poindexter: I don't feel the need for you to explain yourself to me. I never asked you to because I already understood what you wrote. I don't agree with your line of reasoning, but I do understand where you're coming from. It's unfortunate that you don't seem to be trying to understand where I'm coming from. Furthermore, I find it kind of sad that you're trying to put words in my mouth, and that you're essentially calling me names in a roundabout kind of way. If you read what I wrote earlier, my issue is with some of the organizations Cathy and his family are giving money to, not with his individual opinion about gay marriage. Finally, based on your last comment to me and others you've made, you seem to be concerned that people may think you're a bigot or intolerant even though you like to watch "Ellen" and shop at Target. Instead of trying to incite arguments on message boards with people who don't agree with you, you might consider spending some time thinking about why that bothers you so much.
Rob August 04, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Hey Marco do own Tracks or something? Lol My nephew is openly gay and a very successful openly republican too! He is Christian, he loves Chick fil a and believes in the traditional definition of marriage, between a man and a women, for all of the legal reasons. He believes if same sex people want be together it should be called a union, not a marriage. Does that make him a gay hater? People have every right to boycott any place for any reason, but to call Cathy a hater is just ridiculous. Get a life and let's move on to something important, like jobs, our economy, shrinking this out of control gov spending and returning some civic pride in who and what America should be. A tolerant nation, working with and for each other for the betterment of our children and future generations. People Have become so bigoted and narrow-minded on both sides of EVERY issue. What happened to agreeing to disagree and going on with life? This is just ridiculous. Gays will be Gay, Christians will be Christians....a chicken sandwich isn't going to change that. Go do something that matters. ( that doesn't mean going to Tracks! Lol)
Rob August 04, 2012 at 01:35 PM
One last comment, do all of you Cathy haters survey business owners on their charitable contributions and religious beliefs before you patronize the business? I would bet there are a lot of Cub Scout and Boy Scout owners out there, probably a whole lot of Christians and I would a majority of older straight, gay hating owners, but they still accept you, serve you and welcome you into their establishments. Careful what you wish for, your shopping experiences could shrink dramatically!
Heather A August 04, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Chik-fil-a makes a good product. But not for gays. And unfortunately not for me because I'm probably on Cathy's list of unchristen-like people. I don't support corporate intolerance. Cathy may not have intended to speak for his corporation, but he expressed his personal view in a public forum. I feel for his gay employees that are afraid to be themselves for fear of persecution or loosing their jobs. What ever happened to the concept the Jesus loves us all?
L. Poindexter August 04, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Ummm Heather, in case you had your head stuck in the sand the past few days, I'll enlighten you! Several gay employees have spoken out in favor of the company they work for. And they did NOT do this because they were afraid of losing their jobs if they didn't. And since you won't eat there, then you better not shop at any place that gives money to the boy scouts either. Oh wait, then you wouldn't be able to get out of the house.
L. Poindexter August 04, 2012 at 11:05 PM
I'm not trying to incite arguments. I am merely pointing out how foolish it is to say you won't go to a business because of the organizations Mr. Cathy supports. Like I said, I shop at many places that contribute to organizations I don't agree with. I, and thinking people everywhere, frequent businesses based on the products they serve/sell not on the owner's religious or political beliefs. If we only went to places that contribute to organizations we agree with, our economy would be a lot worse than it is now. And before you accuse me of misunderstanding, I will quote you word for word :"As long as Dan Cathy and his family continue to give money made at Chick-fil-A to organizations fighting to keep gay marriage illegal, I will spend my money elsewhere"
L. Poindexter August 04, 2012 at 11:07 PM
I agree Matt, but the only difference is I eat at restaurants based on their menu, not on the owner's politics. But you're right, I do find it odd that when someone agrees with them, it's freedom of speech, when they don't it's hate. Sorry, can't have it both ways.
L. Poindexter August 04, 2012 at 11:09 PM
But I would like to take offense at your use of the word "hate," disagreeing with someone or their lifestyle is not hate. Other than that, I agree politics should have NOTHING to do with where you eat or where you shop.
L. Poindexter August 04, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Can someone please explain to me how typing a rebuttal to someone whose post you disagree with is "inciting an argument?" Isn't the purpose of the message board to express an opinion?
Greg S August 09, 2012 at 05:08 PM
You can boycott all you want. This chain restaurant will do just fine without you. And who will you really be hurting. Not Mr Cathy, but the franchisee and his or her employees who for all you know could have the same beliefs as you. Or could even be gay. Mr Cathy did nothing wrong. Question asked and question answered. Is there a big sign out front chick that says no gays allowed. NO!! Get over yourselves.
B. Smith August 09, 2012 at 07:45 PM
On way to Chick-fil-A to support free speech & my right and everyone's right to our 1st Amendment, even the right to rejoice one is still married to the same person and believes marriage is between 1 man and one woman.  I'm supporting everyone's right to openly discuss whether we should change the definition of marriage, would it create a healthy society, and if the government should be involved.   It is not about being homophobic, Christophobic, homophobia nor Christophobia.   A tasty day ahead! 
Sifodyas78 August 17, 2012 at 12:51 AM
It seems Christians are losing their rights in this country. Well guess what... Dan Cathy has a RIGHT to his beliefs, whether you think so or not. He also has a RIGHT to voice his beliefs and values. The same right that allows you to post your prejudice comments on this website allows Christians to express themselves also.


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