Chick-fil-A Madness: Crowds Already Gathering For Aurora Opening

09/15/2010 02:25 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

When we heard about it on an episode of "This American Life," we couldn't quite believe it: hundreds of diehard Chick-fil-A fans camping out--sometimes for days--for free fast food? Well, now the Chick-fil-A madness has come to the Chicagoland area, and we can see it for ourselves.

Tomorrow, the first Chick-fil-A in the area will open in west suburban Aurora--and people plan on spending Wednesday night in the parking lot hoping to win free chicken for a year.

As Gapers Block reports, Chick-fil-A celebrates each grand opening with music, food and a big sandwich giveaway--the first hundred people in line as of 6 a.m. Thursday will win 52 vouchers, each worth a free chicken sandwich.

The Aurora Chick-fil-A, at 4435 Fox Valley Center Dr., is just the beginning of the chain's Chicagoland presence. On October 28, a store will open in Orland Park and in Wheaton on November 11, the Sun-Times reports. Two Chicago outlets are slated for 2011.

WGN's Marcus Leschock went to check out the Aurora crowd Wednesday. As of 11 a.m., he tweeted, there were only four spots left for the free sandwich vouchers.

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