Lake County’s first Raising Cane’s to open in Gurnee Oct. 25

Lake County residents and fast-food chicken lovers can start counting down to the opening of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers at the strip mall at Grand Avenue, just south from Gurnee Mills.

Ellen Dean, the village’s economic developer, stated that Raising Cane’s had scheduled a ribbon cutting ceremony for Monday Oct. 25.

Dean stated that the construction work on the property has been completed and Raising Cane’s management team will soon begin training employees.

The village board approved in November the restaurant chain’s plans to buy and demolish the Boston Market restaurant near Menard’s Grand Avenue entrance and build a new 3,340-square feet building at 6415 Grand Ave., with two drive-through lanes. The plan stipulates that the second lane will only be used during peak hours and would serve as a bailout lane in the event of an emergency. Village documents state that employees will use iPads to assist customers with their orders in the drive-through area.

Raising Cane’s national fast-food chain serves chicken fingers, crinklecut fries, coleslaw, Texas toast, and other delicious items. The chain was established in Baton Rouge (Lawrence) in 1996. It has more than 500 locations nationwide.

Gurnee will be the first location in Lake County and the 19th in Chicago for the chain. This year, two new suburban locations were opened: one in Bloomingdale (April 27) and one in Arlington Heights (October 5).


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