Shake Shack Chicago? Sounds Like It’s Happening

Get ready, Windy City.
Get ready, Windy City. Photo: Jed Egan

Union Square Hospitality Group’s ever-expanding hamburger and frozen custard chain Shake Shack is rumored to be opening its first Chicago location next year. A source familiar with Chicago’s restaurant real estate business says the chain is headed for a tourist-heavy stretch of East Ohio Street just off Michigan Avenue, possibly even replacing the Harley Davidson dealership gift shop at the corner of East Ohio and North Rush. We’ve reached out to Danny Meyer’s camp for comment and will report what when we hear something, ahem, concrete. If true, between the news of Shake Shack’s big Boston plans and the chain’s just-announced expansion to London, 2013 may indeed turn out to be the Year of the Shackburger. Update: Citing company policy, a representative reached via email has declined to comment on Shake Shack’s potential expansion to Chicago. [Earlier, Earlier]