Five Guys in Oak Park to close

Local burger joint was the first in Illinois

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Five Guys restaurant, with its free peanuts and red-and-white checkered décor, has announced that it will close its Oak Park location – the first in Illinois – on Nov. 19.

The restaurant, located at 1115 Lake St., placed a sign on the window thanking "our guests and the town of Oak Park for a great ride."

Calls to Five Guys' corporate offices were not returned.

The sign on the door invites Five Guys fans to visit their locations in Berwyn and Melrose Park.

Five Guys' website identifies 25 locations in Chicago and some 500 locations in the U.S.

tim@oakpark.com

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Alex Garcia  

Posted: November 20th, 2018 3:40 PM

Another vacant storefront on Lake Street.

Mike Hanline  

Posted: November 13th, 2018 12:57 PM

Somewhat disappointing, but then I have to confess I haven't been back there much since Hamburger Mary's / Oak Park Brewing Company opened. Now THAT'S a burger...

Kathy Müller  

Posted: November 12th, 2018 3:53 PM

Nooooooo! So, no burgers in that part of downtown OP any more? No bagels. No burgers.

Judith Alexander from Oak Park  

Posted: November 12th, 2018 3:52 PM

Hey, Dan. I agree, Michael's on North/Oak Park Ave. has great dogs and fries. Their gyros is excellent as well. I loved Felony Franks dogs as well, but their fries were sometimes not crisp enough for my taste. I miss FF and the nice people who worked there. But now we have Surf's Up in the same location. Please check them out for great wings and seafood. I think you'll be impressed with the freshness of their food.

Dan Lauber  

Posted: November 12th, 2018 3:30 PM

No surprise here! The place always looks empty. We tried Five Guys a couple of times when it first opened and never returned. Once the novelty of its hot dogs wore off, why go there when there are so many places around here offering a much tastier dog? And Five Guys' insistence on cooking every burger well-done -- what hubris! When you've got Big Guys on Roosevelt Rd and Michael's Beef House on North Avenue, why settle for the extreme mediocrity and rigidity of Five Guys. Heck, even Felony Franks served tastier dogs and excellent fries.

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