CHICAGO – A first-of-its-kind Chick-fil-A restaurant will debut June 16 when the company’s first downtown Chicago restaurant opens on Loyola University's Water Tower campus. The new In-Line Chick-fil-A restaurant on Chicago Avenue is well-suited for business and residential customers in the heart of Chicago, the company relays.

"We're excited about this new design, which enables us to better meet our customers' needs in areas where property is limited," said Dan Cathy, president and COO. "Chicago is an ideal market to introduce this concept nationally based on area demographics and our strong desire to continue to expand in the region."

Designed to serve urban consumers on-the-go, the Chicago restaurant features an indoor queue line and hostess station to facilitate service at the registers, resulting in quicker service for consumers, particularly during peak meal times.

The Chick-fil-A chain includes more than 1,556 locations in 39 states and Washington, DC. In December 2009, it reached $3 billion in sales for the first time – marking its 42nd consecutive year of sales growth.