Jollibee Opening in Skokie, Illinois Pushed Back

Jollibee, a household name in Filipino fastfood scene, is scheduled to open its Chicago-area branch by late-2016, instead of an earlier reported midyear opening.

A Jollibee spokeswoman says the Skokie opening of the first Midwestern outpost of the Filipino fast-food restaurant has been delayed. She didn’t provide an exact opening date, only saying that getting the restaurant open is taking a little more time than expected versus the July 21 grand opening target. It should happen later in the month, and the company should share a date next week.

The chain serves Filipino-style spaghetti and burgers at 32 locations in America, with 22 in California. Across the globe, they run more than 2,500 locations. The Skokie spot on the 3500 block of Touhy Avenue would be the first in Illinois.

Another speculation is that Jollibee could move closer to downtown Chicago as part of a Seafood City project at a former Kmart at 5033 N. Elston Ave. The company has yet to respond to these rumors.