Long Lines at Midwest’s First Jollibee Branch

The scene looks familiar across newly-opened branches of Jollibee, the popular Filipino fastfood outlet.

Long lines of eager patrons have not subsided in Skokie, the American Midwest’s first Jollibee location. To accommodate a long line of customers, the shop has set up tents while the drive-thru lane is periodically shut down to deal with overwhelming demand.

Some customers patiently wait for more than an hour for buckets of fried chicken, burgers or spaghetti.

And while Chicago and its suburbs have plenty of options for fried chicken, Jollibee, amidst all of its competition, is a huge draw among the locals and even from further away. One customer reportedly drove seven hours from Minnesota only to wait further in line.

The current experience is bad news to Jollibee fans who stayed away from the expected crowd in its opening weekend as the found out that crowd of eager Jollibee customers has not subsided.