Chicago's First Culver's Location to Open in 2017

Butter burgers originally bound for Wrigleyville have been overtaken by Bronzeville, as the soon-to-be first Chicago Culver’s location prepares for an early 2017 opening in the South Side neighborhood, a spokesman for the fast-food company said.

The Bronzeville burger shop, at 33rd Place and South Martin Luther King Drive, is on a faster track than the planned Wrigleyville location, at 3500 North Clark Street, which was originally slated to be the first in the city, due to construction delays, Paul Pitas spokesman for Culver’s said Monday.

“I just found about this yesterday myself,” Pitas said, adding that the Wrigleyville location won’t likely break ground until 2017.

Pitas said the company is aiming to have more than 40 new restaurants in 2016. He said Culver’s has 580 locations in 24 states with an eye for upper-Midwestern expansion, including Chicago and some of its suburbs.

The Wisconsin-based chain is known for its butter burgers, frozen custard and cheese curds.

Some other upcoming Culver’s locations include Oak Lawn, which Pitas said will open in mid-September, Hoffman Estates in mid-October, as well as Skokie and Chicago's Portage Park neighborhood should have locations sometime in 2017.

“There’s a lot going on in Chicago,” Pitas said.

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