Big Chicken Makes Its Entrance in Chicago’s Wintrust Arena
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Big Chicken Makes Its Entrance in Chicago’s Wintrust Arena

June 11, 2024 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO - Big Chicken announced today the opening of its newest venue location at Wintrust Arena located on the McCormick Place campus.

The location officially launched with a grand opening on June 8, just before the Chicago Sky took on the Atlanta Dream with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Big Chicken’s concession location near section 116.

Big Chicken is continuing its expansion through its partnership with Oak View Group (OVG). The group recently opened Big Chicken’s first international location at OVG’s newest world-class venue, Co-op Live, in Manchester, United Kingdom. Now, Big Chicken in Wintrust Arena will be joining several other OVG properties, including Chicagoland’s SeatGeek Stadium, ASU’s Mullett Arena, Arizona’s Footprint Center, New York’s UBS Arena, Moody Center in Austin, Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena and Palm Spring’s Acrisure Arena.

“There’s no doubt that Big Chicken will be a game changer for fans with BIG appetites at Wintrust Arena,” said Josh Halpern, CEO of Big Chicken. “Thanks to our incredible partnership with Oak View Group, we’ve been able to captivate crowds of fans in Chicagoland at SeatGeek Stadium, and now Wintrust Arena as well. We partnered with Chicago’s doughnut shop to create a one-of-a-kind sandwich for our debut in the city almost a year ago in Rosemont.”

Big Chicken’s newest location in Wintrust Arena joins the existing Chicagoland locations in Rosemont and SeatGeek Stadium. Offerings at the arena location include The Original Big Chicken (Big Chicken Sauce, chicken breast and B&B Pickles), Uncle Jerome’s Nashville Hot (Nashville hot chicken, mayo and pickles), tenders and more concession items. In addition to DePaul University Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Wintrust Arena also serves as the home court for the Chicago Sky, 2021 WNBA Champions. The arena also serves as a dynamic, multi-purpose arena that frequently hosts tens of thousands of visitors for general sessions, business meetings, concerts and other special events.

"Adding Big Chicken at Wintrust Arena is a slam dunk and promises to further enhance the game day experience for Chicago Sky and WNBA fans,” added Ken Gaber, President of OVG Hospitality, the food and beverage division of Oak View Group. “The restaurant brings a taste of Shaq’s larger-than-life personality to the arena, providing fans with an outstanding dining option that complements the thrilling basketball action.”

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