POLL: Golden Arches Proposed on Gross Point Road

McDonald's developer needs green light from Evanston to move in to 27,000 square foot commercial space, which currently houses a beauty salon and other businesses, 'Evanston Now' reports.

McDonald's golden arches could someday grace Gross Point Road, if the developer behind the proposal receives approval from the City of Evanston, Evanston Now reports.

The 27,000 square foot property at 2500 Gross Point Road currently houses a beauty salon, aquarium maintenance shop and other businesses, according to Evanston Now. 

A number of hurdles exist before the project can move forward, including a review by Evanston's Site Plan and Appearance Review Committee, as well as approvals from the Zoning Board of Appeals and City Council, according to Evanston Now

John Yaworsky July 30, 2012 at 04:34 PM
E. July 30, 2012 at 05:08 PM
This would be hideous. A terrible eyesore that would also cause a lot of traffic day and night. And the McD's customers (especially lots of teenagers) wouldn't be likely to support nearby businesses. Not to mention the rough element that these places can bring in -- someone was shot at the McDonald's on Dempster just this past year.
Sally July 30, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Oh, please. I think the "element" you'd have to worry about in that location is senior citizens refusing to give up their tables and unruly toddlers. Does anyone remember all of the protests about a Starbucks coming to Central and Crawford, just east of there? It took two tries before it was approved.
E. July 30, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Sally, I don't think it was a senior or a toddler who shot someone at the McDonalds on Dempster. And there will be a LOT of in and out traffic, especially with the drive-through, from all around Evanston and the adjacent areas that haven't allowed McDonald's to set up shop (one might think about why that is). It is not in the same league with Starbucks, which adds appeal to the neighborhood, is popular with the adjacent community, and the customers include people who will also spend money at other local shops. McDonald's is an eyesore that tends to lower neighborhood appeal, serves unhealthy junk food and generates a lot of traffic.
Andy July 31, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Just Perfect. Location Location Location! How convenient....right across from a CEMETERY! Maybe they can make it even more convenient and build a walkway across the street to the final resting place....
BG July 31, 2012 at 02:09 AM
E- So there are two liquor stores across the street (one, yes, a landmark) and McDonalds is going to ruin the neighborhood? Hamburgler. Yikes! Your "tends to a lower neighborhood appeal" comes across as really arrogant and elitist. I'm not pro Micky D's, but c'mon.
Sally July 31, 2012 at 02:25 AM
E, I don't think the high school kids are going to high tail it up to the northwest side after school so your risk of being shot is pretty low. You sound EXACTLY like those in the 'adjacent community' who protested the Starbucks almost 10 years ago ... drive thru traffic, a "chain" store, blah, blah, blah. And now you are saying they like it afterall? It is amusing that you think the Starbucks customers are spending money at the "local" shops (um, the drycleaner, Subway, CVS, liquor stores?) but the McDonalds customers will not? Like BG I'm not a McDonalds fan but you sound absolutely ridiculous. McDonalds is no better or worse that what is already in that area and will surely not destroy the neighborhood.
annie July 31, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Gross Point & Old Orchard Road is a terrible intersection all ready. There are accidents there constantly. I would like to have a McDonalds in North Evanston, but not right there. Tear down Sarki's, then put it at where the empty gas station is, at the corner of Crawford / Gross Point Rd, with a great big drive thru lane! OR put it in Skokie, where UBAA's was. Plenty of room right there.
Andy July 31, 2012 at 03:01 AM
I'd rather eat at the UBAA any day if they were still open. PS, BG: Wine is good for you. Plus, I don't know of any winery, distillery, or brewery that has decimated significant portions of the Brazilian rain forest in the name of "nutrition." Not lovin' it.
Andy July 31, 2012 at 03:13 AM
annie you are nuts. completely nuts. how is the ubaa intersection any safer? Tear down Sarkis? Please....you'd have a riot on your hands. You might as well tear down the Smithsonian. What the hell are you McSmoking????
Marci July 31, 2012 at 02:48 PM
My daughter has food allergies, so we have to often eat at chain restaurants that are consistent with ingredients and menus. We often stop at the Subway at Central and Crawford, and that location is very busy with a lunch crowd. You very often can't find a parking spot in the tiny lot. I think a McDonalds in that area would serve a lot of people working in the area who want a fast lunch. It would serve us because I know what is safe for my daughter to eat without having to navigate a new menu. McDonalds isn't the healthiest option, but when the sandwiches at FoodStuffs are like $9, it would an a convenient and affordable many option for people grabbing a quick lunch in that area. The other two locations of McDonalds are not that close (Howard, Dodge/Dempster). I didn't even realize that far intersection was still in Evanston until I read this! Personally I would rather see a Wendy's there, but that is just my preference in fast food.
Andy July 31, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Marci, I believe that McDonalds would be a step in the wrong direction for your daughter and thousands of other people who have any concern whatsoever for what they put in their bodies.
annie August 02, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Andy....? relax....! I threw it out there for a reaction. I live close to UBAA's and there aren't that many accidents at Crawford/Old Orchard., but there are a lot of accidents at Gross Point/Old Orchard now. As far as UBAA's goes, it was a neighborhood ICON, and its gone now.The land UBAAs is on, is a much bigger lot than the one at GP/Old Orchard. I know that Sarkis is an institution and business is brisk. I think if a McDonalds was put in at Old Orchard/Gross Point, Sarkis, Hot Dog Island, Subway, and Starbucks would probably lose some business, but not enough to put them "out" of business. It would be nice to have a fast food restaurant over here somewhere, thats fast, and somewhat inexpensive, with decent parking. As far as teenagers go, I have never seen teenagers hanging out at a McDonalds, and they do eventually become adults that spend money!
jkerr August 02, 2012 at 01:42 PM
How do the existing businesses in that location feel about it? A McDonalds's would be better (and provide more jobs and tax revenue) than another nail salon, real estate office, mobile phone store, or bank. The fact that it would be the "third" such restaurant in Evanston is irrelevant.
lucas August 02, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Create jobs, bring in more tax revenue Great location.
Andy August 02, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Every post I've seen in favor of McDonalds mentions either the potential revenue and jobs as benefits to the city, or the convenience factor of cheap fast food on the run. I understand the importance of strengthening our tax base and providing jobs, but don't people care about their health, and the health of their children? Nutrition-wise, McDonalds is a terrible choice, and sets the wrong precedent. If you insist on clogging your childrens' and your own arteries with crap, then find somewhere else to ruin your body. And the fact that McDonald's is the official restaurant of the Olympics is the main reason I'm not watching the Olympics. I doubt any serious world class athlete would eat there.
Marci August 02, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Andy, my family has a very healthy diet, but the occasional stop at McDonalds is our choice. I am well aware of the ingredients we choose to put in our bodies. As most families with food allergies, we have to read every label of every thing we eat. Do you do that? Did you have to do that at 5 years old? It is not your place to judge what I feed my child. Try finding "healthy" alternatives that are free of dairy, nuts, and sesame and clearly labeled and prepared in such a way without cross contamination. Thanks for your input on what my daughter should and shouldn't have. My post just shared that McDonalds is a nice option when we want to grab a Happy Meal instead of what we usually do which is pack our own lunch from home.
lucas August 02, 2012 at 06:07 PM
The city could buy the property and create a parking lot.
annie August 03, 2012 at 03:29 AM
I would like it if we had a McDonalds around here. Since I drive west to work, if I don't eat breakfast at home, I don't go to Starbucks, Subway or even Sarkis. I go to the McDonalds on Waukegan in Glenview.
mij August 04, 2012 at 07:47 PM
I like McChicken sandwich
Xandra October 16, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I'll always be a loyal Little Island customer, but I totally support having McDonald's breakfast just a block from my house. Even if it means having to encounter the "hoodlums" of Wilmette and NW Evanston. Everything in moderation.


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