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Shake Shack

Restaurants, Hamburgers River North
4 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
Shake Shack
Photograph: Zach Long Shake Shack

Time Out says

Chicago finally has a Shake Shack, which means that you don't have to leave town to sample the griddle-cooked burgers, crinkle cut fries and rich frozen custard that your friends in New York have always bragged about. Its prime location in River North makes the restaurant a tourist trap, but the s'mores concrete made with Bang Bang Pie is worth waiting in line for.



Address: 66 E Ohio St
Cross street: at Rush St
Transport: El stop: Red to Grand. Bus: 2, 3, 10, 26, 29, 65, 125, 143, 146, 147, 148, 151.
Opening hours: Daily 11am-11pm
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Users say (5)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.4 / 5

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Love Shake Shack for a quick bite to eat in the loop. They do have the BEST crinkle fry I have ever had. The burgers are average but the quick service and amazing fries make up for it. Not to mention great shakes!


Who doesn't love Shake Shack? They make a damn good burger, and their frozen custards are amazing. I love that the brand collaborates with local Chicago favorites like Bang Bang Pie. I also love their exclusive ShackMeister ale. 


I would like to give 3.5 stars.  Sometimes I have found Shake Shack's burgers to be sub par but other times, oh baby...burger me. Their chicken sandwich is actually pretty tasty.  My choice burger is the bacon white cheddar cheese sauce burger. Their fries are nothing out of the ordinary but a solid crinkle fry with salt. The custard is heavy but not something I would go out of my way to seek because I have a bit of dessert snobbery. One huge plus...even with long lines, the lines move super fast and the people who work there keep it efficient and pleasant.


If you're looking for a place to feed visiting guests after taking in the sights downtown (or just want to play tourist yourself) this is the spot to go! Located in the beautifully restored Chicago Athletic hotel, this place definitely has curb appeal. The wait time was lengthy but I had also just come from a free concert in the park and the hungry masses made the lines exceptionally long. I ordered the vegetarian Shroom burger which was hefty and had a tasty sauce, unfortunately the mushroom patty was pretty tough and chewy. I'm sure others will have better luck with an actual beef burger. The crinkle fries were excellent and the shakes are sugary sweet goodness!


I first had shake shack in New York a couple of years ago and fell in love. When I found out they were opening one in Chicago I could not have been more excited. Plus its in the ideal location, after having a couple drinks at the JParker or the Chicago Athletic club when you get the munchies you can run down to shake shack and grab a a delicious burger.