Chicago's Iconic Harold’s Chicken On 87th Street Closes Permanently
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Chicago's Iconic Harold’s Chicken On 87th Street Closes Permanently

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Parker Diakite
Parker Diakite Aug 17, 2020

Harold’s Chicken #55, one of the chain’s most popular locations, is gone.

Its owner Percy Billings confirmed that the storefront at 100 W. 87th St. closed on Aug. 3.

A staple in the community and an iconic place for visitors to dine, Billings moved Harold’s into the storefront inside Chatham Ridge Shopping Center in 1992. It was one of the first businesses to move into the outdoor mall.

Billings said he wanted to stay there, but he was forced to shut down because of a dispute with the shopping center’s management company.

“The pandemic is still affecting my business,” Billings told Block Club Chicago. “I didn’t want to go, but with everything going on right now it made sense to close.”

He added that management company kept going up on his rent.

“They wanted me to pay $10,000 plus a percentage and sign a five-year lease,” he said. “The rent was $7,000 per month. We tried to work with them, but they didn’t give me no notice so I moved out.”

Fans can still get an order of three-piece wings fried hard (with mild sauce, of course) at Billing’s Harold’s Chicken Express location on the other side of the Dan Ryan, 8653 S. State St, near the Shell gas station.

Even more iconic than the chicken itself is the controversial debate of which Harold’s Chicken is the best Harold’s Chicken

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No matter how you ranked the Harold’s Chicken, it’s truly a loss felt in the community.

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