|A view of the proposed Sonic at Wilson & Kenmore looking NW
"My neighbor just got back from a meeting with Sonic Drive-In folks and they want to open one of the first Chicago Sonic's in Uptown! Alderman Cappleman is very intent on getting community input, especially from neighbors in the Truman Square area. They are looking at the vacant lot at Wilson and Kenmore that is just to the west of McDonald's. The renderings look very modern and more urban than any Sonic I've ever seen. They plan to have a 24 hour drive-thru, standard Sonic drive-in spaces served by carhops on the eastern side of the lot, and a small dine-in area that will be open in nice weather, but closed off in bad weather with pull-down windows. They even plan to have a fireplace and flat panel TVs and Wi-Fi inside. The main concern from neighbors seems to be safety and the people from Sonic Corporate said there would be a security guard on site and the security cameras could be tied into the Chicago Police camera system. They seem willing to adjust the layout to address any loitering or crime concerns. As with anything, there are neighbors who aren't thrilled with the location and wonder why this can't be put where the vacant Pollo Loco sits at Wilson and Sheridan. Apparently the owner of the lot has guaranteed rent from Pollo Loco's lease agreement for the next seven years and has no real incentive to let anything else open there. It sounds like Ald. Cappleman would rather have it on the Pollo Loco site but that all depends on what can be worked out with the lot's owner. Good news all around."
|A view of the proposed Sonic looking NE