Photo caption: Tiffany Long and Austin Severson, a Michigan couple visiting Chicago for a “nice weekend,” said they were 34th in line, down from 180. (Media Teens photo by Darita Higareda)
By Darita Higareda
The sign above Wildberry Cafe reads “Pancakes and Cafe” in pink cursive font. On Saturday morning, crowds of people in winter coats stood in scattered groups outside the revolving door.
They were waiting for breakfast at one of the hottest brunch spots in Chicago. Wildberry Cafe attracts locals, tourists, and breakfast lovers alike. But the wait times can be prolonged.
Tiffany Long and Austin Severson, a Michigan couple visiting Chicago for a “nice weekend,” said they were 34th in line, down from 180, among the crowds waiting to enjoy pancakes and eggs benedict at Wildberry Cafe.
“We walked a little ways down the block and then came back,” Severson said. “It’s been like 30 minutes.”
Every five minutes or so, a waiter popped out of the doors and called the next party up. People exited the cafe in a steady stream, some with takeout bags.
Long said it was her first her time at Wildberry, but that Severson has been a few times. Severson and Long both work at Huntington Bank in Detroit, and they said they used this weekend, which they had off work, to visit Chicago.
Both Long and Severson said they do not enjoy working at Huntington. The bank’s clients are not always pleasant to work with, according to Severson.
“It’s the worst hours of my whole day,” Severson said. “The people that I have to deal with every day are the worst humans.”