Hungry Chicagoans hankering for “butterburgers” and frozen custards finally get their wish today. Culver’s is now officially open at 3355 S. Martin Luther King Drive in Bronzeville, bringing a location of the Wisconsin-based cult-favorite fast-food chain to the city for the first time.
Culver’s first Chicago restaurant opened with plenty of pomp and circumstance, as a ribbon-cutting brought the chain’s co-founder together with the franchisee, the retail center’s developer, and the ward’s alderman. Then the “butterburgers,” cheese curds and frozen custards flowed into the public’s hands and mouths.
Following decades of Chicago-area Culver’s only existing in the suburbs, this South Side location was first reported in August 2016. A Portage Park spot, which raced with Bronzeville to be the city’s first, will open on January 29. A Wrigleyville location, which was reported in 2014 before the major development changes around Wrigley Field, is still in limbo and it’s fair to wonder if it’ll open at all. But city folk can now head to the South Side to scratch that “butterburger” itch.
Culver’s Bronzeville, 3355 S. Martin Luther King Drive, open 10:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily.