'Clark Griswold' lights up Chicago area Raising Cane's restaurant for Christmas season

A Christmas icon is making an appearance in the suburbs, as Chevy Chase once again became Clark Griswold at a Raising Cane's restaurant.

We’ve all seen the movie, and some of us may be able to recite it scene by scene — the 1989 cult classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation has become a tradition for many.

On Tuesday, fans once again got to see Clark Griswold as he helped light 13,000 imported Italian twinkle lights on a Morton Grove Raising Cane’s location.

Todd Graves, the founder of the chicken finger restaurant, and Chevy Chase have become good friends since partnering up last year.


"I'm just such a big fan of that movie and I watch it every year with my family and I love the movie," said Graves. "For me, this was a privilege. I got to actually riff, you know? Do a bit with Chevy Chase. Us driving across the country to come to the Raising Canes in Chicago."

The partnership is also raising money for local animal shelters when customers buy plush puppies that now come in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation characters. One of them is Aunt Bethany, and there’s also a Cousin Eddie and Clark Griswold puppy.

Raising Cane’s is hoping to raise $400,000 this holiday season. PAWS Chicago is one of the beneficiaries of the money raised in the area.

"Helps us save more lives. We do everything from free to low cost spay and neuter. We foster thousands of animals through thousands of adoptions every year and it really helps us continue our life-saving work," said Carrie Cihasky, PAWS Chicago.