It’s really happening: Portillo's is finally opening a second Chicago location.
City records showed the chain applied for a building permit at 520 W. Taylor in the city’s South Loop earlier this month, and the restaurant chained confirmed the good news.
The South Loop storefront aims to be open in early 2016, Portillo’s director of marking Nick Scarpino said in an email.
Scarpino said the decision came after “years” of fans asking the restaurant group for another location farther south than their staple River North store.
"We like this specific location because of the great mix of business, residential, and university populations," Scarpino said.
In April, the Oak Brook-based chain also applied for a permit in Gurnee, which is set to open in November.