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Culver’s Could Be Coming To North Park After Getting Key City Approval

The city's zoning committee signed off on a Culver's proposed for 6001 N. Lincoln Ave. City Council is scheduled to vote on it Wednesday.

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NORTH PARK — One Culver’s planned for the North Side is still awaiting a firm opening date, while plans for another location are dead. But a new North Side outpost moved closer to reality after receiving support from city officials Tuesday.

The city’s zoning committee approved plans for a Culver’s location at 6001 N. Lincoln Ave. The property is a vacant lot at a busy commercial corner of Peterson and Lincoln avenues and near several fast food restaurants, including Chipotle, Potbelly Sandwich Shop and McDonald’s. 

Culver’s proposal includes a 4,137-square-foot, single-story restaurant, a 540-square-foot outdoor patio, a parking lot for 35 cars and a two-lane drive-thru, according to city records.

Ald. Debra Silverstein (50th) supported the project, which will go for City Council approval Wednesday. The city’s Zoning Board of Appeals must sign off on the drive-thru separately.

A spokesperson for Culver’s did not immediately respond to a request for comment about when the location will open. 

North Siders have long awaited the opening of the Wisconsin-based chain at 1819 W. Montrose in Ravenswood. The company announced its plans to launch at that location in July 2019 but then more than a year went by with no updates. In November, a company spokesperson said the target opening would be spring, but there’s been nothing specific announced.

Neighbors around Wrigleyville waited even longer for its proposed Culver’s, announced for Clark Street in 2014. Then, in January, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) confirmed that project was dead after the franchisee withdrew from the development plans.

Culver’s has locations in Bronzeville and Six Corners. Another location is planned for Pullman.

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