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Chicago's first Sonic drive-in ready to roll

The first Sonic drive-in restaurant in Chicago will open May 6 in Uptown.

The drive-in at 1022 W. Wilson Ave. announced the opening date on its Facebook page.

Oklahoma-based Sonic Corp. plans to open 1,000 new drive-in restaurants nationwide over the next 10 years, expanding the chain by about 30 percent.

“It can be a matter of pride in a lot of small towns when you get your first Sonic, so we still have a lot of towns around the state to grow,” Sonic’s chief development and strategy officer John Budd said recently.

Sonic has about 3,500 drive-ins in 44 states, with hopes to expand into all 50 states. The chain has nine drive-ins in the Chicago area.


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