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Shake Shack Chicago Athletic Association

Restaurants, Hamburgers Loop
4 out of 5 stars
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The exclusive menu items at Shake Shack's Chicago location.
Photograph: Zach Long The exclusive menu items at Shake Shack's Chicago location.

Chicago's second location of Shake Shack opens May 28, which should—hopefully—relieve some of the long lines at the River North outpost. While we've found the burgers from the New York export to be a bit too greasy, the crinkle cut fries topped with mild cheese sauce are worth ordering, as are the rich frozen custards.


Venue name: Shake Shack Chicago Athletic Association
Address: 12 S Michigan Ave
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 11am-11pm, Fr-Sat 11am-midnight
Transport: El stop: Red to Monroe. Brown, Purple, Pink, Green, Orange to Adams-Wabash. Bus: 20, 56, 60, 66, 124, 157, J14.
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Shake Shack! It's so funny to see the diverse crowd in line for a burger and a concrete at this location below the beautiful bars that fill the Chicago Athletic Association. Everyone comes together for a good, quick meal--whether they're dressed up for a night out, a tourist coming over from the Bean, or someone stopping by after work in the Loop. 

Shake Shack is one of your best late night food options in the Loop, period. It's not fussy, the menu is simple and the service is quick, plus your meal will probably be better than most sit-down restaurants in the area.

Most exciting moment of my life? Yep. The time I got in late from a flight to Chicago, headed to the Chicago Athletic Association hotel worried that I may not be able to get dinner anywhere and then, like a mirage in a crazy-dry desert, there was a brand-spanking new Shake Shack there, just off the main entrance. And the burgers—a simple Shack burger please, I'll try the Shack-cago next time—are every bit as good as they are in New York.