The Process

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1. Prequalification and Application

Our application process helps us get to know you, so we can understand your business background, goals, financial capabilities, and management style. Once you complete this application, a representative will contact you to discuss all the pertinent details for becoming a Old Chicago Franchisee. We will also answer any initial questions you may have, to ensure we are a right fit for you!

2. FDD and Business Planning Process

The FDD, or Franchise Disclosure Document, is required by law to be delivered to prospective franchise owners. This important document details the precise working relationship between the Old Chicago brand and the franchise owner, while also providing you with all you need to know about our business model and company. With the FDD, we also provide business planning tools and information so you can do your due diligence.

3. Program Review

Once all documentation is received, Old Chicago will review your application as well as schedule a time with you to discuss the franchise program in more detail. This review will include information about the real estate and design process, what assistance we will provide, franchisee support, marketing programs (both local and national), and other crucial details that you need when opening your franchise.

4. Discovery Day Process

If you so desire, you can visit our flagship office to meet the team in person. This is an optional step, but may aid in future business relations.

5. Approval/Opening your New OC Restaurant

After all previous steps have been completed and our team reviews and approves your Old Chicago franchise application, we will draft your franchise agreements so you can begin the process in earnest. From there, all that’s left is to finish the real estate and building process, and open your new Old Chicago restaurant!