New in Town: Shake Shack Old Orchard

Shake Shack has opened an outpost in Skokie, and all is right with the world.

This is the third Chicagoland location for über-restaurateur Danny Meyer’s little burger stand that could, and the only one with unlimited free parking. It’s time to head over to Westfield Old Orchard and get in line – believe me, there is a line – for its griddled all-natural, hormone- and antibiotic-free beef burgers (go for the Smoke Shack) and Vienna Beef hot dogs (I’m partial to the ShackMeister Dog with the beer-marinated shallots).

We’re loving the crispy retro crinkle-cut fries, but most of all the frozen custard shakes – it’s not called Shake Shack for nothing – in flavors like Caramel, Black & White or the Coffee Fair Shake. And those concretes! In each location, the Shack partners with a nonprofit and a local “tastemaker” (at Old Orchard, it’s The Talking Farm and Bang Bang Pie Shop) to create a special concrete. The irresistible Bang Bang Pie Oh My combines vanilla custard with a full slice of seasonal pie (hello, pumpkin!), and 5 percent of each special concrete sold will be donated to The Talking Farm. They also walk the walk, with local Shake Shack employees volunteering at charitable events with their nonprofit partner.

Shake Shack also has a firm commitment to eco-friendly construction, using recycled and sustainable materials in the construction of each outpost. One fun touch: the tables are made from reclaimed wood from old bowling alley lanes. All of the kitchen food is composted, and the kitchen fixtures and lighting are energy-efficient. So you can feel good about being a little naughty when you eat here.

Shake Shack Old Orchard
4999 Old Orchard Center

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