Chatham McDonald's a Community Hub - DNAinfo.com Chicago
When Derrick Taylor and his wife became franchise owners of a McDonald's in Chatham six years ago, they knew the restaurant would be a popular place to grab a quick bite to eat.
But they had no idea the restaurant at 7900 S. King Dr. would turn into a de facto community center and meeting space.
“It's the busiest place in Chatham," said Trina Burton, 44, a CTA bus driver for 11 years. "This place has relaxing music and not that rap stuff these kids listen to all day. It is clean, convenient, and the food is good, too."
Like other CTA drivers, Burton often just hangs out at the restaurant between shifts.
"I like it, and so do most of my co-workers,” she said.
Senior citizens who live in the area are also regulars.
Jerry Rodgers, 73, of Chatham, meets his friends “at least five days a week at McDonald’s.”
The retired mechanic has kept this routine up for the last five years.