UPTOWN — It's been a long time coming.
Cold and wet weather thwarted Sonic Drive-In's plans to open its first Chicago location months ago — but Cherry Limeades and quarter-pound coney dogs will soon be within Uptowners' grasp with Sonic's announcement on Facebook Wednesday of a May 6 opening.
"Because you're our loyal fans...we want you to be the first to know," said the post announcing the date. "Sonic of Uptown will be opening up to the public at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6th!!!"
City red tape related to various permits had stalled plans for a summer opening.
And plans for a January opening were delayed by Chicago's recent harsh winter, which froze the ground at the Sonic construction site, 1016 W. Wilson Ave.
The office of Ald. James Cappleman (46th) said late in the winter that the ground needed about two weeks to thaw once the weather got above 50 degrees, and another three weeks of work before the Sonic could open.
On Wednesday, crews were at the site putting finishing touches, mostly landscaping, on the restaurant. The Sonic will feature a dining room with a fireplace, a patio and a double drive-through stalls for curbside service from Sonic's iconic skating carhops.
The Oklahoma-based chain, mostly located in rural and suburban areas, is known across the country for quarter-pound Coney dogs, Tater Tots and Cherry Limeades. It has said it would hire between 75-100 people at its Uptown location.
"We have some fun things in store for our Grand Opening...so stay tuned for details," the Facebook post stated.
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