Chick-fil-A location is set to open Thursday, but you'll see people lining up early Wednesday for a shot at free food for a year.
The restaurant chain's newest location will open in a new building at 245 N. Weber Rd., in front of the at the intersection of Weber and Boughton Road.
As part of the restaurant chain's "First 100" program, the first 100 patrons who line up starting at 6 a.m. Wednesday will receive gift certificates good for 52 combination meals. The coupons can be used at any Chick-fil-A restaurant within the next year.
If more than 100 people arrive, the "First 100" will be chosen by lottery.
If you win, you receive a ticket to camp out in the Chick-fil-A parking lot for 24 hours and enjoy free meals, snacks and entertainment provided by the restaurant chain. Those with tickets are permitted to have up to five guests.
Then, on Thursday, campers will awake early and line up, single file, behind Chick-fil-A's mascots, the cows. The cows will lead the First 100, age 18 and older, into the restaurant at 6 a.m. where each will receive gift certificates good for 52 combination meals.
The value of the coupons exceeds $350, said Tiffany Greenway, a spokesperson from Chick-fil-A's corporate office in Atlanta, Ga., who was at the .
"We're giving away $26,000 worth of food," Greenway said.
About 200 people were waiting by 6 a.m. the day before the Crystal Lake opening, . Those who camped out included folks from Missouri, Indiana, Wisconsin and the Chicago area.
All 200 were invited to throw their names into a lottery drawing, from which 100 were picked to participate in the grand opening. Counting the ticket holders' guests, there were 178 people camped in the Crystal Lake restaurant parking lot.
In light of recent remarks the fast food chain's president made against same sex marriage, a protest was planned outside the new Oswego location, which opened Aug. 24.
There has been no word yet on protests planned outside the Bolingbrook location.