Fried Chicken to Take Over Chicago (Hopefully)


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Will either place be able to touch the fried chicken hem of Big Jones? [Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Just in case you've been hiding in the shadows for the past week trying to avoid the scorching 100 degree heat, there were some serious developments on the fried chicken front. Two of Chicago's most prominent chefs, Stephanie Izard and Jared Van Camp, both announced separate plans for fried chicken joints. And if you didn't know, we happen to love the stuff.

As reported in the Chicago Tribune, Izard plans to open a "fast-food chicken concept" in River North next spring. This shouldn't be confused with the Little Goat, her diner concept currently in construction in the West Loop.

Van Camp's own poultry concept is called Leghorn, which is being pitched as a "socially conscious chicken shop." This one seems to be more of a riff on Chick-Fil-A, since it will only serve chicken sandwiches. It's planning to open in the fall either in Bucktown or the Ukrainian Village. If you want a few more details, Grub Street Chicago has a great interview with Van Camp and business partner Chris Dexter.

It should be noted that friendly competition isn't new for the two, as they battled each other recently in a Beatles vs. Rolling Stones night. Also, considering Pecking Order just opened, it looks like we have a trend on our hands.

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