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Avondale Portillo’s Is Still Happening — It’s Just Taking Longer Than Expected

The restaurant, coming to 3357 W. Addison St., will have a Roaring '20s theme.

Portillo's, famous for its cake shakes, hot dogs and Italian beef, currently has two city locations.
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AVONDALE — Cake shake and hot dog fans, don’t fret: Your beloved Avondale Portillo’s is still coming to Addison Street — you just have to wait a bit longer.

Portillo’s got the green light several months ago to open at 3357 W. Addison St. The chain said it was expecting to open the restaurant, its third city location, by the end of 2019.

But it’s taken longer than expected to get the project off the ground.

“Portillo’s is very much looking forward to opening a restaurant in the Avondale neighborhood at the intersection of Addison and Kimball,” Randall S. Guse, vice president of Real Estate for Portillo’s, said in a written statement.

“It has taken longer than expected to start construction, but we look forward to putting a shovel in the ground in the next two months and opening later this year.”

The 9,000-square-foot Avondale restaurant, which is taking over an old taxi outlet, will have a Roaring ’20s theme. It’ll have room for more than 280 patrons, an outdoor patio and a double drive-thru.

The restaurant has been in the works since fall 2018.

The plan required a zoning change from Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) because the site sits in one of the city’s Planned Manufacturing Districts, which only allows for manufacturing and industrial use.

In announcing his support for the plan, Ramirez-Rosa said the restaurant will bring about 120 jobs to the neighborhood and will prevent the site from being used for a potentially environmentally hazardous activity like metal shredding, which was permitted under the Planned Manufacturing District.

Portillo’s was founded by Dick Portillo’s in 1963 in Villa Park with Portillo selling hot dogs out of a trailer. It now has 60 locations across the country, but only two other city locations: one in the South Loop and one in River North.

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