Chicagoans have two days to start forming lines for Shake Shack on Michigan Avenue. The Windy City's second location of Danny Meyer's line-inducing chef-driven fast-casual burger chain opens on Thursday at 11 a.m., the chain announced this morning, on the ground floor of the renovated historic Chicago Athletic Association Hotel at 12 S. Michigan across from Millennium Park. The rest of the hotel opens tomorrow.
This shack attack will bring back the Publican sausage that debuted on Ohio Street in November (griddled sausage from Paul Kahan's restaurant with cheddar, American cheese sauce, and fried shallots marinated in house Shackmeister ale) and unveil three new concretes that utilize local Vosges chocolate, Intelligentsia coffee beans, Glazed and Infused old-fashioned doughnuts, and Bang Bang banana cream pie. PBR, Bell's Oberon, Goose Island 312, Revolution Anti-Hero, and Vienna Beef hot dogs add to its locally-themed menu.
The Loop location will have a sidewalk patio outside, while the Shake Shack announcement also says its interior will house a "vintage trophy case," "custom 1950's railway-style light fixtures and furniture," the building's original marble floors and oak paneling, wood banquettes, and "a custom-commissioned Midwest-inspired prairie wall mural." More to come.