Jollibee will officially open its first cloud kitchen in metro Chicago on Thursday, June 18. Situated in Chicago's bustling River North neighborhood, Jollibee Chicago River North Cloud Kitchen is a fully equipped kitchen focused exclusively on fulfilling delivery and pick-up orders. The innovative new format allows the brand to reach consumers in high-density metro areas quickly and efficiently. The cloud kitchen is at the heart of Jollibee's new delivery capability in metro Chicago, enabling the brand to deliver its world-famous Chickenjoy straight to the homes of metro Chicagoans staying safe at home.
Jollibee first announced the launch of its nationwide delivery service via DoorDash in April of this year. The new centrally-located store adds to the brand's existing Chicago-area locations in Skokie and on Elston Avenue and expands accessibility to major metro Chicago neighborhoods, including River North, Lincoln Park, The Loop and Chinatown, giving metro-area residents an easy, convenient and safe way to get their Jollibee fix.
"We are very excited for the milestone launch of Jollibee's first-ever cloud kitchen in a prime Chicago location," says Maribeth Dela Cruz, President of Jollibee Foods Corporation North America, Philippine Brands. "Thanks to the unique cloud kitchen format of this new location, we are able to adapt to the current difficult environment of the pandemic while still growing our delivery capability and our off-premise business in a key market. Now, metro Chicagoans will be able to experience the joy of our signature offerings from the comfort and safety of their own homes."
Jollibee fan-favorites include Chickenjoy – the brand's world-famous fried chicken, delicately hand-breaded to be crispylicious on the outside with a secret marinade that makes it juicylicious on the inside. Also widely loved is the brand's Jolly Spaghetti with its signature sweet-style sauce loaded with chunky slices of savory ham and hotdog, as well as Peach Mango Pie, craved for its delicious filling made with real Philippine mangoes enclosed in a light, crispy crust. Also available is the U.S.-exclusive Chicken Sandwich, made with a 100% hand-breaded chicken breast fillet, a brioche bun, garlic aioli sauce, lettuce and tomatoes.
To celebrate the opening of Jollibee's first cloud kitchen and first location in River North, Jollibee will be offering $0 delivery fee for orders of $15 and above and a free Jollibee collectible for orders of $30 or more during the store's first month of operation. The brand will additionally award 50 free Family Meals to Chicagoans during the store's first week of operation through a social giveaway asking fans to share a time when they enjoyed Jollibee at home. For more information on how to enter the giveaway and other opening promotions, fans can head to Jollibee USA's Facebook and Instagram pages.
The brand will also be extending its "Notes of Joy" initiative to a string of local hospitals to coincide with the opening. Fans can write words of encouragement and thanks, or "Notes of Joy," for healthcare heroes who have been fighting on the frontlines of COVID-19 on Jollibee USA's Facebook or Instagram page. Jollibee will then deliver the personalized notes along with free meals to the metro-Chicago-based hospitals in July.
Jollibee Chicago River North Cloud Kitchen will operate out of the Kitchen United outpost in River North, located at 831 N Sedgwick St., Chicago, IL, 60610. Kitchen United is a leading innovator in the cloud kitchen space in cities throughout the U.S. providing space designed to help restaurant partners like Jollibee create the best possible experiences for their off-premise customers.
Hours of operation for takeout and delivery are 8 AM to 10 PM, daily.