North Shore residents can celebrate with Shackburgers and concretes as yesterday marked the opening of the third Shake Shack in the Chicago area. As reported earlier this year, it's located at Westfield Old Orchard Mall in Skokie (4999 Old Orchard Center) and is the chain's first spot outside of the city proper.
Danny Meyer's burger and shake empire has been a massive hit in Chicago so far, highlighted by long lines and large demand at its two downtown spots. The menu at the new Shake Shack remains largely unchanged, offering the same famous roadside burgers, griddled flat-top dogs and crinkle cut fries that have earned a cult-like following. Frozen custard concretes unique to the Old Orchard location include the "Cookie Dough County" (chocolate custard, chocolate truffle cookie dough, caramel sauce and sugar cone cookie) and the "Crunch-stellation" (vanilla custard, Valrhona chocolate crunchies, chocolate toffee and malt powder), a fan favorite from New York.
The beer list also features several Midwestern brewers such as Revolution Brewing, Goose Island, Founders and Atlas. In addition, five percent of sales from each "Bang Bang Oh My" custard concrete will be donated to local organization The Talking Farm, an educational and production farm providing local, fresh food.
Shake Shack Skokie, 4999 Old Orchard Center, Space L28, (847) 380-1240, open 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:45 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.