Wahlburgers Opens First Chicago Location Today

Donnie and Mark Wahlberg's burger restaurant Wahlburgers opens its first Chicago location today in River North. Here's all the info:

Wahlburgers restaurant is officially opening in the heart of Downtown Chicago’s River North today, April 24, marking its first location to open in Illinois. The popular casual dining burger concept founded by brothers Mark, Donnie and Chef Paul Wahlberg, and subject of A&E Network's Emmy-nominated reality show, will feature its diverse lineup of crave-worthy burgers, sandwiches, sides and specialty drinks from its scratch-made kitchen. The River North opening marks the 30th Wahlburgers restaurant in North America.

The new 5,000 square-foot restaurant and full-bar will be right at home in River North, once a manufacturing and warehouse area and now one of the most fashionable and trendsetting neighborhoods in Chicago. 

"Chicago is one of the great food cities in world, and we are so excited to bring a taste of Wahlburgers to River North,” said Chef Paul Wahlberg.

Created by Executive Chef Paul Wahlberg, the chef-inspired menu features an emphasis on made-to-order, high-quality, nourishing food that represent a selection ofhis family's favorite dishes they shared together. The brothers’ favorite burgers include:

Donnie's choice: BBQ Bacon Burger, available as a turkey or beef burger and described as a "spiced-up weekend barbecue on a bun," topped with white cheddar cheese, bacon, avocado, fresh jalapeños and barbecue sauce

Mark's choice: Thanksgiving Day, "like Thanksgiving leftovers on a bun," made with fresh ground seasoned turkey, stuffing, Paul's housemade orange-cranberry sauce, roasted butternut squash and mayo

Paul's choice: Wahlburger's signature Our Burgerwith lettuce, tomato, onion, government cheese, Paul’s housemade signature Wahl sauce and pickles “just like Dad used to grill in the backyard”

“As someone who lives and works in Chicago, we are beyond excited to bring this amazing restaurant to our city,” said franchise owner, Chris Patel.“Each Wahlburgers restaurant around the country makes giving back to its community a priority, and we are excited to follow that philanthropic lead in our city.”

Wahlburgers’ full-service bar is a perfect gathering spot offering an impressive selection of cocktails, wines and beers including the signature Wahlbrewski: A Boston-based Harpoon Brewery custom, unfiltered Pale Ale. In addition, Wahlburgers is well-known for its dessert selections, most notably its frappes, made with farm fresh milk and local ice cream, available in several delicious flavors.

Wahlburgers Chicago is located at 2 E Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611 and will be open Sunday - Thursday from 11am to11pm and Friday - Saturday from 11am to 12am.

Learn more online at Wahlburgers.com

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