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Shake Shack Chicago Opening November 4th + Plus a Giveaway!

Shake Shack, the beloved burger, hot dog, and frozen custard stand, is opening up its very first Chicago location in River North on Tuesday, November 4th!

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Originating in New York City as a hot dog cart, Shake Shack is a modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers, griddled-crisp flat-top dogs, fresh-made frozen custard, crinkle cut fries, craft beer and wine, and more. A fun, lively, fine-casual restaurant with widespread appeal, over the past decade Shake Shack has earned a cult-like following around the world.

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“Thirteen years ago, we created a humble hot dog cart in New York City, selling Chicago-style hot dogs to support the renovation of Madison Square Park. Three years later, that little hot dog cart birthed an accident we called Shake Shack. It’s only fitting that we finally made it to Chicago! We’re thrilled to finally be joining this incredible community,” said Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti. “River North is such a robust, thriving neighborhood with great restaurants and hotels, and our neighbors have already been so welcoming.”

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In addition to all the Shack favorites, the Chi-town Shack will serve a selection of location-specific frozen custard concretes featuring Chicago bakers and chocolatiers: Shack Attack (chocolate custard, fudge sauce, chocolate truffle cookie dough and Vosges black salt caramel chocolate, topped with chocolate sprinkles), Da S’mores (vanilla and chocolate custard with a slice of Bang Bang Pie s’mores pie), and Salted Carame‘L’ (vanilla custard, banana and Glazed & Infused salted caramel old fashioned doughnut).

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As part of its community outreach efforts and mission to Stand For Something Good®, the River North Shack is partnering with Greater Chicago Food Depository, which provides food for those in need across Cook County. Five percent of sales from the Salted Carame‘L’ concrete will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository, and Shake Shack team members will volunteer at events run by the charitable organization.

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Additionally, the interior walls of the Shack are clad in reclaimed local brown barn board. Like all Shacks, this location features energy-efficient kitchen equipment and lighting. Booths are made from lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and tabletops are made from reclaimed bowling alley lanes designed in Brooklyn, NY. On the Shack’s outdoor patio, which contains seating for 16, a series of planters crafted by SHIFT_Design are connected with reclaimed mountain climbing rope.

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Enter the giveaway, below, for your chance to win TWO free cups or cones of Shake Shack’s frozen custard ice cream. Five winners will be chosen on Friday! What will you be ordering at Shake Shack?


Shake Shack

66 East Ohio Street, Chicago, Illinois



All photographs courtesy of Shake Shack

  • yummm! i need to try to visit when im in town for thanksgiving!

    • Yes, great idea! The babe will be craving some frozen custard! 🙂

  • Sydney85

    When I lived in Austin I always meant to go and try the frozen custard but never did. Hopefully now that I live in Chicago I will try the frozen custard at Shake Shack

    • Happy that you now have another opportunity to go!

  • tek1231

    The Shack Stack Burger!

    • That burger looks intense – and delicious!

  • Love Shake Shack! It’s always our first stop in NYC so I’m so excited we are finally getting one in Chicago! Shackburger, fries, and custard of the day or PB shake is always my standard order.

    • Yum, that all sounds great! Now I am definitely excited about the opening!

  • LOVE The Shake Shack!! I went there when my sister and I were in NYC and oh my gosh, best shake EVER!! Dip the fries in it and it’s perfection!! 😀

  • starburst

    I’m very much looking forward to their burgers!!!