Brown's Chicken to Become Bank

City council approves Chase Bank construction on 1993 massacre site

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    The site of the former Brown's Chicken restaurant.

    After more than 15 years, the former Brown’s Chicken and Pasta property in Palatine is about to be sold.

    On Monday, the Palatine city council approved a construction proposal for a Chase Bank building on the now-vacant lot.

    “This would allow us to move on from something horrific that took place in our past,” Palatine Councilman Aaron Del Mar told the Daily Herald.

    Brown’s Chicken and Pasta was sold shortly after the murders of seven people, for which Juan Luna is serving a life sentence and James Degorski will be sentenced soon.

    Shortly after the massacre, the building was occupied for less than a year by a dry-cleaning business, which closed in 1994. The building stayed vacant until 2001, when it was razed to leave space for a parking lot.

    The proposed bank building would include a drive-through and special signage at the northeast corner of Northwest Highway and Smith Street.