WICKER PARK — A popular downstate breakfast restaurant celebrated for its late-night hours and breakfast sandwiches is now open in Wicker Park.
Located at 1359 N. Milwaukee Ave., Cracked: The Egg Came First opened Tuesday inside the former home of Le Duck Food & Sweet Café.
The concept for Cracked was born during Wilmette native Daniel Krause’s sophomore year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Krause told Block Club in August.
Before opening Cracked in Chicago, Krause opened Cracked on Green in Champaign.
On the right side of the restaurant, an entire wall has been devoted to a mural of the Chicago skyline — with breakfast items replacing buildings and landmarks.
Two identical stacks of pancakes represent the Marina Towers. On what is North Avenue Beach, tiny mushrooms represent beach umbrellas.
Krause designed the mural with his friend Samantha Mann, a special education teacher in Chicago.
Cracked’s hours of operation are 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Cracked is closed Mondays.
Katie Pyzyk’s reporting contributed to this story.
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