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Inside Michigan State Favorite Conrad’s Grill, Arriving in Chicago Next Week

Look around the restaurant where tater tot wraps are the house specialty

Conrad’s Grill will soon open its first Chicago location.
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Conrad’s Grill, a popular eatery for college kids that debuted 11 years ago near Michigan State University, is moving to the big city with a Wicker Park location. Conrad’s will next week debut its first Chicago location — and first outside the Mitten State — tapping into the city’s large Big Ten alumni base for a bit of nostalgia.

The fast-casual spot is best known for tater tot wraps. Fried potatoes inside a tortilla shell may not sound special, but legions of Spartan alums swear by the combo.

Ownership doesn’t call the signature item a burrito, though they share many of the same characteristics of the Mexican item. Instead, Conrad’s is “the original home of the Tot-Wrap.” They’re marketed as an all-day treat: Egg wraps are good for a quick breakfast, while cheesesteak or chicken tender wraps are capable of soaking up late-night alcohol.

Opening date is Wednesday, November 14 at 1422 W. Milwaukee Avenue. A local Chicago ownership group is determined to open three to five more Conrad’s locations in the city. Take a look around the first space below.

It’s a fast-casual spot with a familiar layout.
There are TVs for sportsball.
This mural shows customers that they’re in the big city and not on a college campus.
The menu screens will show off the many toppings customers can pick for their wraps.
The fire hydrants are Spartan green.

Conrad's Grill Wicker Park

1422 W. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago , IL Visit Website

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