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Culver's is bringing butter burgers to Portage Park

Written by
Elizabeth Atkinson

Fans of butter burgers and fried cheese curds have been waiting for a Culver's restaurant within Chicago's city limits for years. On Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel approved the use of $2 million in TIF funds to assist with the redevelopment of three vacant buildings in Portage Park. One of those buildings, located at 4939 W Irving Park Road, will become a Culver's.

The project also includes renovations to the Bank of America Building at 4901 W Irving Park Road, which will house a Binny's Beverage Depot on the first floor, a Retro Fitness gym on the lower floor and a 300-seat theater on the second floor. An Elly's Pancake House will take up residence in a renovated building at 4925 W Irving Park Road.

Last year, a Culver's planned for 3500 N Clark Street was delayed until early 2016, according to the Chicago Tribune. The company has been cagey about the current status of the Wrigleyville location—Illinois' next Culver's location will open in Hoffman Estates in May, according to a Culver's representative.

If the Portage Park location opens before plans solidify in Wrigleyville, it could be the first Culver's restaurant to open its doors inside city limits. That means no more trekking out to the suburbs for your frozen custard fix.

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