Fencing surrounds the pending construction site of a new Dunkin' restaurant at 3560 S. Archer Ave., Chicago.

New Dunkin' Drive-Through Coming to Archer and Leavitt

Published January 7, 2021

A new Dunkin' drive-through restaurant is being prepped for construction at 3560 S. Archer Ave., Chicago, in the parking lot site across from the 35th/Archer Orange Line El and bus station following City of Chicago approval of a building permit on January 4, 2021.

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The location is set to house a new, one-story Dunkin' restaurant with drive-through car service and a masonry trash enclosure. Approval for the construction was received through a self certification process for listed property owner Sanjeev Khatau, who also developed in 2018 the McKinley Park neighborhood's other Dunkin' restaurant at 3256 S. Ashland Ave. 

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Khatau is the principal of the Diya group of companies and Diza Hospitality, according to his Linkedin profile, and owner and developer of restaurants in Chicago and Michigan, including franchises for Dunkin' Brands, Taco Bell, Burger King Corporation and Subway.


The new Dunkin' drive-through, adjacent to a neighborhood public transportation hub, sits within one of the most-highlighted locations for potential mixed-use transit-oriented development (TOD) in discussions and materials generated for the McKinley Park neighborhood plan, a project of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) won by the McKinley Park Development Council.

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The McKinley Park neighborhood plan, which has had its final release delayed by over a year, has so far generated goals and preliminary documents detailing likely locations for neighborhood TOD development, especially near public transit.

As reported here in the McKinley Park News, the City of Chicago has also recently enacted its equitable transit-oriented development (ETOD) ordinance, which further incentivises this style of development near public transportation. Most of the McKinley Park neighborhood now falls within designated ETOD areas.

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