March 20: The Wiener’s Circle debuts as a reality show on the truTV network. Somewhere, Norman Lear weeps.
May 25: Competitive Eater Takeru Kobayashi eats five Al’s Italian Beef sandwiches in one minute, 35 seconds.
May 30: You come face-to-face with it. Your white whale. A massive one-pound cheeseburger you’ve only seen in fever dreams... and on occasional jaunts through Texas.
Where you’ll find it: Fatty’s Burgers & More, now open in Lincoln Park and ready to fulfill your burger destiny.
This is the first Chicago location of the San Antonio–based chain. It’s a slip of a joint, barely big enough for you to squeeze in and sidle up to the counter for one of their 13 burgers—a dozen of which are half-pounders, like the MVP Burger (sliced avocado, bacon, cheddar), The Free Agent (topped with a fried egg and wasabi mayo) and the Batter-Up Bacon Burger.
To be clear: this isn’t a date spot. And it’s not open late, so it’s not going to be a Wiener’s Circle replacement when you need post-bar cheese fries. You’ll most likely come here for one reason only: The Lineman Burger—a full pound of grass-fed beef oozing with cheese and served on a soft pillow of a slightly sweet bun.
Feel free to nap on it afterward.