Ten years ago Shake Shack opened in New York City at Madison Square Park. Since then it’s exploded, with both national and international locations. Now Chicago is getting one of its very own.
It’s appropriate for the popular spot to come to the Windy City. Owner Danny Meyer’s family is from Chicago and one of the first items on the menu was the “Shack-cago” dog. Not only does it have the requisite relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, sport peppers, celery salt and mustard, it also uses Vienna Beef hot dogs. The buns are potato roll and not poppy seed, but as they say, they “got the no-ketchup part right”.
They’ll also have their standards on the menu, including the ShackBurger, the ‘Shroom Burger (vegetarian), and the Shack Stack, a cheeseburger and ‘shroom burger piled one on top of the other.
Vienna Beef isn’t the only Chicago vendor they’re supporting. The new River North location will serve frozen custard concretes made with ingredients from local companies like Vosges, Bang Bang Pie, and Glazed & Infused. Order a Salted Carame‘L’ and 5% of your purchase will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
The Chicago Shake Shack opens on November 4th. Welcome home, Danny!
Featured photo is artwork created for Shake Shack Chicago by the local artists behind Slightly Insulting Chicago Posters. Drool-worthy burger photo by Nicole Woon.