By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Feb 16, 2017 at 11:50 AM

The South Side will soon have its very own taste of Chicago. A new 9,000-square foot Portillo’s, complete with a double drive-thru, is on the way to Greenfield.

The new location, which is slated to open in April at 8705 W. Sura Ln. in the 84 South commercial-residential development, will be the second Portillo’s location in Wisconsin, followed by the opening of the Brookfield store this summer.

"We are excited at the opportunity to bring a second Portillo's to our neighbors to the north," said Portillo's CEO Keith Kinsey in a press release about the new location. "It has been a pleasure working with the city of Greenfield to make this happen."

Like its sister location in Brookfield, the Greenfield Portillo’s will serve a variety of beloved items, including Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, burgers, salads and chocolate cake.

The restaurant itself is expected to seat at least 180, with a seasonal patio that will provide seating for additional 52 guests in the summer. And, like all Portillo’s locations, there will be a "Dick Loves Sharon" sign hidden among the decorative paraphernalia, a subtle homage to founder Dick Portillo and his wife Sharon.

And this isn't the last we'll see from Portillo's. The Chicago-based fast casual restaurant has set its sights on multiple locations in Wisconsin, including at least one in the Madison area.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.