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Joliet OKs signs for Chick-fil-A

The former Lone Star Steakhouse in Joliet is to be demolished to make room for a Chick-fil-A restaurant.
The former Lone Star Steakhouse in Joliet is to be demolished to make room for a Chick-fil-A restaurant.

Joliet zoning board OKs signs for Plainfield Road Chick-fil-A

The opening of Chick-fil-A in Joliet appears to be getting closer.

The Zoning Board of Appeals last week approved a variation for signage at the restaurant yet to be built at 2705 Plainfield Road.

“It’s a very exciting thing for you if you don’t have one already,” Tracey Diehl with Clayton Signs said of the future restaurant, while asking the zoning board for the variation.

It will be the first Chick-fil-A in Joliet. The project includes demolition of a building that formerly housed a Lone Star Steakhouse and construction of a 4,863-square-foot Chick-fil-A.

The company has not announced a timetable for construction. But Diehl, whose company works with Chick-fil-A on signs across the country, said she usually gets involved when the company is preparing to start construction.

The sign variation allows Chick-fil-A to post signs on all four walls of the building.

City rules usually allow one sign for each public street a business faces.

Diehl told the zoning board that multiple signs are needed so motorists can find Chick-fil-A from both directions while driving on Route 30 and when they are in the shopping area behind it.

“Being able to find their way in a cluttered environment is necessary for Chick-fil-A to be found,” she told the board.

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