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Shake Shack installs interactive public art at Ohio Street site

Zach Long
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Zach Long

Shake Shack will soon be opening its first Midwest location at the corner of Ohio St and Rush St in River North, offering up burgers and hot dogs in addition to the New York chain's signature milkshakes. The location's storefront is currently boarded up while work continues inside, but the plywood barrier has been decorated with six interactive murals created by St. Louis artist Noah MacMillan (who is also responsible for the "Float" mural on the Century Building). Each piece is broken up into sliding tiles, allowing visitors to rearrange the images, which depict scenes like a hot dog on the El, a burger reflected in the Bean and ice cream sitting atop the Chicago Theatre facade. Of course, it wouldn't be a promotional public art installation with out a groan-worthy hashtag for social media addicts. Expect to see plenty of Instagram photos of #Shackago fare when the fast food joint opens its doors later this fall.

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