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Wills Place carves out a space for adults with disabilities [Video]

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SKOKIE, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A restaurant in Skokie called Will’s Place is serving up more than pastries and lunch — and it’s the subject of this week’s Difference Maker.

Will’s Place employs about 25 people who don’t have an easy time finding work. Jeff Hallagan manages the nonprofit and is cousins with Will, who uses a tablet to communicate with customers.

“Our main goal is to create a safe place for both real work for adults with disabilities, as well as a safe place for people … who have disabilities [to] have lunch, spend time with their friends,” said Hallagan.

Jackie has been working there since the cafe opened in July 2023, serving favorites like the fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies and chicken caesar wrap.

“I love it,” he said “We have laughs, and we just enjoy each other’s company.”

The menu started with sandwiches, but head chef Michael Pfeiffer has been adapting it as employees learn.

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