Gordon Ramsay Chicago Restaurant in the Works

Gordon Ramsay's first restaurant in Chicago would take the place of a former Wahlburgers location.

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Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay plans to open his first Chicago restaurant in the city's River North neighborhood.

The new restaurant, titled Gordon Ramsay Burger, will open late this year or early next year at Ontario and State streets, in place of the old Wahlburgers location.

"I absolutely love Chicago and consider it one of the best food cities in the world," Ramsay said in a statement. "I'm so excited to introduce Gordon Ramsay Burger in the heart of River North. This restaurant will highlight our signature burger, which blends different cuts of beef, creating a really powerful flavor that our guests love." 

The burger spot, Ramsay's second in the United States and third in the world, will span 5,000 square feet and include a full bar and 120 seats.

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Ramsay said via email that he plans on being present at the opening, that Chicago can expect some exclusive menu items and that he chose Chicago because he knows its residents "love their beef."

As for whether he would consider opening additional restaurants in Chicago, Ramsay told the Tribune, "I hope this is just the start."

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