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updated: 2/18/2013 5:06 PM

Chick-fil-A opens Thursday in Mount Prospect

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Chick-fil-A will open its new Mount Prospect location Thursday with the chance for 100 adults to win free meals for a year as the chain marks the 10th anniversary of its signature grand opening celebration.

The restaurant at 950 North Elmhurst Road opens at 6 a.m. Feb. 21, but patrons can begin lining up outside up to 24 hours earlier for the chance to win one Chick-fil-A meal a week for the next 52 weeks.

If more than 100 customers are lined up by 6 a.m. Wednesday, a raffle will be held to determine the winners. To claim the coupons, customers must wait in line until Thursday morning's opening.

The 149-seat restaurant, one of 102 Chick-fil-A plans to open nationwide this year, is expected bring nearly 70 new jobs to Mount Prospect.

Chick-fil-A's "First 100" event, which began in 2003 as a way to celebrate the first stand-alone Chick-fil-A in Arizona, immediately became the cornerstone of every Chick-fil-A grand opening when the first person arrived more than 18 hours the day before, wondering where to get in line. Others soon followed and by the time the restaurant opened for business the next day, more than 100 were waiting.

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