The chicken sandwich that clogged Madison Street

November 12th, 2019 12:00 AM

Customers walk out with food as cars wait in the drive-thru line on Nov. 8, at the Popeyes on Madison Street in Oak Park, Ill. | ALEX ROGALS/Staff Photographer

By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

Popeyes created a frenzy last August when it released its highly-talked-about chicken sandwich. The sandwich, both the classic and spicy variety, was so popular, it sold out just two weeks after being put on the menu.

As of Nov. 3, the sandwich is back at Popeyes, including the location at 610 Madison St. Demand for the surpassingly crispy delicacy clogged Madison faster than the arteries of people who consume it. 

Since its re-release, lines of cars queuing up for the Popeyes drive-thru have been spilling out onto Madison, which recently went from two lanes of traffic to one. 

The day the sandwich came back, police directed traffic outside the fast food joint, as cars waited in line to order for sometimes over half an hour. An officer directed traffic again on Nov. 7.

Stacey Sheridan

  • Love the Journal?

    Become our partner in independent community journalism

    Thanks for turning to Wednesday Journal and We love our thousands of digital-only readers. Now though we're asking you to partner up in paying for our reporters and photographers who report this news. It had to happen, right?

    On the plus side, we're giving you a simple way, and a better reason, to join in. We're now a non-profit -- Growing Community Media -- so your donation is tax deductible. And signing up for a monthly donation, or making a one-time donation, is fast and easy.

    No threats from us. The news will be here. No paywalls or article countdowns. We're counting on an exquisite mix of civic enlightenment and mild shaming. Sort of like public radio.

    Claim your bragging rights. Become a digital member.

    Donate Now