— The city of Chicago will finally get its first Steak ‘n Shake next week. The popular regional fast-food chain, known for its “steakburgers,” will open to the public September 20 at 1322 S. Halsted Street near UIC, store owner Melvin Buckley says. It’ll serve alcohol, breakfast, and a truncated menu of burgers and hot dogs in a 1,500-square-foot space with a sidewalk patio but no drive-thru. Buckley had previously hoped to open it in late July.
— Ukrainian Village all-day favorite the Winchester has closed for renovations and reconcepting after five years in business, ownership revealed in a Facebook post that was first reported by Block Club. Owner Chris Pappas, who closed his other restaurant, Americano 2211, last July on North Avenue, has not responded to inquiries about details, but the Facebook announcement says the new concept will open “in the very near future.”
— Up to 12 new vendors are slated to open on the Chicago Riverwalk next summer as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to expand it to the east. The city hopes to increase diversity of vendors by adding more minority and women-owned businesses, the Tribune reports. A gaggle of business owners and potential applicants who toured the site last week included South Side cheesecake specialist KimmyCakes and burger icon Billy Goat Tavern.
— And finally, shoppers at Ikea Schaumburg — as well as at stores across the country — can now try the chain’s headline-inducing vegan veggie dogs at its bistro, a news release states. The dogs, which were previously available in Sweden, made waves when the chain announced they’d be available in the United States by 2019.