The sign was coming down this afternoon from the burger shop Five Guys at 816 Church St. in downtown Evanston.

The restaurant closed over the weekend, but it had been planning an exit from Evanston at least since last July, when we first noticed a for rent listing for the storefront.

Five Guys is the second burger chain to shutter in Evanston this year — and it lasted a lot longer than the six-month run of Red Robin, which closed its outlet at 1700 Maple Ave. in October.

Five Guys won approval for its carry-out restaurant special use in mid-2010. The chain still has at least three other outlets within five miles of Evanston.

The Fara Commercial Brokerage listing for the Five Guys space is still active today — so it’s not yet clear what will fill the space next.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

Join the Conversation


  1. Congratulations Edzos

    In the slow-motion death-match burger battle. 

    Edzos has won this round!

    And if you haven't had one of their burgers you gotta go! A superior product!

    1. Edzo’s

      Yep….he's won accolades from numerous magazines, etc.   OUTSTANDING food…just be patient about the lack of parking, and his crowds…but WELL worth it!

  2. One I wish we would get

    Dengeos would bring in a LOT of money.  Even those who seem to complain about every thing, go wild over Dengeos.  In that they have a place so close to Evanston, I suspect getting them to opendowntown is just a dream.

Leave a comment
The goal of our comment policy is to make the comments section a vibrant yet civil space. Treat each other with respect — even the people you disagree with. Whenever possible, provide links to credible documentary evidence to back up your factual claims.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *