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Culver's Plans First Chicago Location in Wrigleyville

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    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney visited a Culver's restaurant in 2012 in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin. The company plans to open its first Chicago location next year.

    Chicagoans could be eating "ButterBurgers" in Wrigleyville by Cubs Opening Day next year.

    Culver's, the Wisconsin-based chain known for its signature burgers and frozen custard, plans to open its first Chicago location at 3500 N. Clark St., two blocks from Wrigley Field.

    The franchise hopes to cater to the neighborhood's families, as well as baseball lovers and the late-night crowd.

    "We think it's a great opportunity to serve Culver's fans from all over the Chicago area coming to games at Wrigley Field," said Jack Rush, an operational partner opening the location with franchisee Justin Obriech.

    Obriech owns five other Culver's locations in the south suburbs and has lived in Chicago's Lakeview area for about seven years, Rush said.

    As the team applies for Chicago permits, Rush said they have received positive feedback from local residents and Ald. Tom Tunney.

    "We have been welcomed with very high praise of the Culver's brand, the [chain's] hospitality and the whole Culver's style," he said.

    Rush said they are "excited and hopeful" to be open by next spring.

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