Chicago Gets A Shake Shack

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If you like tasty juicy burgers, you’ve probably heard about Shake Shack.

Shake Shack in Chicago

Shake Shack in Chicago

 

In the early days of November 2014, the Chicago Shake Shack opened in River North to much hoopla. Lines around the corner despite the weather for a burger? Absolutely.

Shake Shack in Madison Square Park NYC

Shake Shack in Madison Square Park NYC

 

We have had the chance to try Shake Shack at several of its other locations, so we were quite familiar with its tasty burgers. We have dined in the park in Madison Square Park New York at the Shack Shack walk up counter on a beautiful sunny day.

And we’ve been to the Shake Shack in Dubai. We have always liked the burgers at Shake Shack so we saw no reason to believe that we wouldn’t like them in our home town Chicago.

Shake Shack be prepared to wait.

Shake Shack be prepared to wait.

 

We were fortunate enough to get a media invitation to taste the burgers without waiting in the line, which continues to stretch outside the front door (I know, how do we do it?).  They took our order and we sat and watched as the line outside got longer and longer and the staff churned every burger combination imaginable.

Shack Burger

Shack Burger

 

The classic Shack Burger is an 100% all-natural Angus beef patty with no hormones or antibiotics, topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce. Let’s not forget the super fresh, super soft Martin’s potato bun. It’s no secret that we are HUGE fans of Martin’s. This is one delicious burger. Is it fancy? No. Is it the best? Who cares. It’s good. Really good.

Smoke Shack

Smoke Shack a crowd favorite.

 

We also tried the SmokeShack, which is the Shake Shack cheeseburger topped with all-natural applewood smoked bacon, chopped cherry pepper and ShackSauce.

Crispy golden crinkle-fries.

Crispy golden crinkle-fries.

 

I know this will start a war but I’m a fan of crinkle-cut fries and Shake Shack’s are really good. And yes, you can get them topped with a blend of cheddar and American cheese sauce.

Shack-cago Dog at Shake Shack

Shack-cago Dog at Shake Shack

 

Since this is Chicago we had to try the Shack-cago Dog, as you would expect it features relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, sport pepper, celery salt and mustard. The hot dog is 100% beef – split and griddled crisp.  It’s a decent Chicago dog.

Concrete at Shake Shack

Concrete at Shake Shack

 

Shake Shack also does a great job bringing in Chicago local favorites and literally mixing them into their already popular regulars. One of their specialities is the “Concrete,” which is homemade frozen custard blended at high speeds with mix-ins. We tried the Salted Caramel “L,” which has vanilla custard, banana and Glazed & Infused salted caramel old fashioned doughnut. We love the use of a local favorite to make the Concrete special for Chicago.

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We love the food at Shake Shack. But more than that, we love that when they open a restaurant they want to become part of the community. In Chicago, they are working with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to help feed people in need throughout Chicagoland. and with some local suppliers to integrate local food and drink suppliers into their offerings.

Shake Shack, 66 East Ohio Street, Chicago IL. Open daily from 11am-11pm.

THE QUICK BITE: Shack Shake is in Chicago. If you love burgers, shakes and fries Shack Shack is one spot not to miss.

 

 

 

 

12 Responses to Chicago Gets A Shake Shack

  1. Charles McCool Reply

    February 26, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Ha, I have worked right above the DC Union Station Shake Shack for about a year now. It is so tempting. I will admit to going there more than a handful of times.

  2. Bailey K. Reply

    February 15, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    I’ve heard that Shake Shack is pretty famous for being so good. They need to get more options for vegans! 🙂

  3. nonstopdestination Reply

    February 15, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    I shouldn’t have read this post while hungry! I’d love to have a burger right now. I quickly looked it up, and they have a Shake Shack here in London! I’ll have to try it out one day.

  4. katefrankiebrennan Reply

    February 15, 2015 at 10:29 am

    I’ve never been to a Shake Shack but I definitely need to try one next time I’m in the USA. The Smoke Shack looks like my idea of burger heaven! I like it when a place is really relaxed and part of the community too. Sounds like a winner, thanks for sharing

  5. Aileen Reply

    February 15, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Those burgers look amazing! Haven’t been to the U.S. yet but I’m looking forward to a food trip of sorts when I do!

  6. Dave Briggs Reply

    February 15, 2015 at 10:11 am

    I’ve just read this waiting for my dinner to cook. Whilst I’m sure my veg soup will be nice, the Shack Burger sounds a whole lot better!

  7. Howard @ Backroad Planet Reply

    February 15, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Nothing like a good ole juicy burger and creamy shake! Never heard of Shake Shack, but will definitely check it out when we head Shack-cago way . . . .

  8. Michele TravelwithMrsT Reply

    February 15, 2015 at 3:09 am

    Winter Park, Florida, here I come! Enjoyed the hunger inducing photos, and then Googled to see if there was a Shake Shack I could visit easily! Great review!

  9. Jenna Reply

    February 15, 2015 at 1:47 am

    We had a Shake Shack close to where we lived in Florida–you got me craving it now!!

  10. Brooklyn Chick Travels Reply

    February 14, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Shake Shake is ridiculously good! Can’t believe it took Chicago so long to get one

  11. betsywuebker Reply

    February 14, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Oh, man! This had me salivating with homesickness. My husband says American cheese isn’t cheese, but I say there is nothing better on a burger. And that Concrete shake? Holy buckets.

  12. Carol Colborn Reply

    February 14, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Wow! Never heard of a Shake Shack. Tried to google if they had it here in Phoenix but failed. Only 11 states have one! Las Vegas is nearest to us. We gotta try it. Thanks!!!

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