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Shake Shack Opens First Chicago Location

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    Today was the long awaited opening for New York-based burger restaurant Shake Shack. Already joining a crowded field of casual and high end hamburger restaurants, the battle of the burgers shows no signs of slowing down. NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter reports. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014)

    New York-based Shake Shack, as famous for its lines and web cam as its burgers and shakes, has officially opened in Chicago.

    The fast-casual chain made its Second City debut at 11 a.m. at the corner of Ohio and Rush streets in the River North neighborhood, and the crowds were prepared. 

    A line stretched clear down the street ahead of the location's opening.

    This summer, the company announced another location to open next year on the ground floor of the new Chicago Athletic Association Hotel at Michigan and Madison.

    Shake Shack Opens To Long Chicago Lines

    Shake Shack Opens To Long Chicago Lines
    Chicago welcomed the city's first Shake Shack Tuesday with a line clear down the street. LeeAnn Trotter reports. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014)

    Both locations will serve the modern-day, “roadside” burger-stand staples Shake Shack is known for: burgers, flat-top dogs made with Chicago’s Vienna Beef, frozen custard, craft beer and wine.

    The original Shake Shack is so popular in New York that it has become known for long lines and a web camera that shows the real-time wait.

    Leading up to the opening, Shake Shack unveiled six life-size, interactive sliding puzzles on Ohio Street. The puzzles featured artwork by artist Noah MacMillan, known in the city for the Chicago Loop District’s iconic “Float” mural.

    "In the spirit of Chicago’s vibrant public art collection and in homage to Shake Shack’s roots as a hot dog cart art installation in New York City," organizers said, "the puzzles invite the neighboring community to engage with them."

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