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Shake Shack Chicago Opens

November 04 2014 - 3:25 PM

I first learned about Shake Shack, a cult favorite restaurant featuring burgers, fries, and custard, about 3 years ago. It’s been 3 long years of looking at their menu, drooling over their photos, and crossing my fingers for a Chicago location.

I’ve also spent almost three years constantly tweeting at their Twitter account, begging them to open a Chicago location. And today, it finally happened. Shake Shack opened their very first Midwest (or as they call it, “Meat-west”) location in River North after well over a year of planning. I don’t want to say that I should be given credit for their decision to open in Chicago, but that might very well be the case.

I woke up extra early this morning as I planned to be the first person in line for the new restaurant. I was secretly hoping for free food (it didn ’t happen, booo), but I also just couldn’t wait a second longer. My friend joined me and we got downtown around 8:30 am. The restaurant opens at 11:00am, so you best believe we were indeed the first ones there.

So we waited.

A crowd began gathering around 10:00am, and various local news stations and journalists all approached me for an interview. I happily obliged, as I am always more than willing to talk about my love for food.

shake shack chicagoWhen the restaurant opened, I entered to the cheers of the employees and honestly felt like the Queen of Shake Shack. I ordered the Shack Burger – the standard cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, and ShackSauce. It held up well to my (very high) expectations, and I could tell that it was good quality meat.

Their burgers are cooked medium and feature 100% all-natural Angus beef, no hormones, and no antibiotics. Besides the Shack Burger, they have the ‘Shroom Burger (mushroom burger), a regular Hamburger, the Shack Stack (Cheeseburger + ‘Shroom Burger), and the Smoke Shack.

The Smoke Shack is a cheeseburger topped with bacon, chopped cherry pepper, and the ShackSauce. My friend ordered it and I had some serious burger envy going on. It was fiery hot and delicious. I’ll likely get that next time, and you should too!

Shake Shack also features various hot dog options, including a Shack-cago Dog, a regular hot dog, and a Publican Pork Sausage, which is topped with Shack cheddar and cheese sauce as well as crispy ShackMeister Ale-marinated shallots.

The highlight of the menu was most definitely the ice cream. Shake Shack has three different Chicago-themed frozen concretes: the Shack attack, which is a chocolate custard with fudge, chocolate truffle cookie dough, Vosges black salt caramel chocolate and sprinkles; Da S’mores, which consists of vanilla and chocolate custard and Bang Bang Pie s’mores pie; and the Salted Carame’L’; which is vanilla custard, a banana, and a Glazed & Infused salted caramel old fashioned doughnut.

I love that Shake Shack has taken desserts from local restaurants and incorporated it into their menu. I ordered Da S’mores, which was phenomenal, and my friend loved the Shack Attack as well. There is also an option to build your own concrete, as well as the typical shakes and floats.

For the adults, there are beer and wine selections. For the furry friends, there are various dog treats.

For everyone in Chicago, you’ve got to go to Shake Shack!

Shake Shack
66 E. Ohio St.
Chicago, IL 60611