'Jack in the Box' returning to Chicago area after nearly 5 decades

After nearly five decades, the West Coast fast-food chain Jack in the Box is making a comeback in the Chicago area.

The restaurant, known for its burgers and mini tacos, will open eight new locations next year, primarily in the suburbs.

The new locations will include Naperville, Lake in the Hills, Tinley Park, and one near Midway Airport. This expansion marks the beginning of a larger plan, as the company’s CEO aims to open up to 125 stores in the area in the near future.

The exact opening dates for the new locations have not yet been announced, and the company says some of the openings may not occur until 2026.

"This strategic expansion into Chicago allows us to not only satisfy long-standing customer demand for our brand, but also to become a key member in the region’s thriving restaurant scene," Darin Harris, CEO of Jack in the Box, said in a statement. "We’re excited to bring our unique menu where customers can order any item at any time – day or night and we’re confident Jack in the Box will quickly become a favorite local destination."