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Introducing “Tortazo” by Rick Bayless

Chef Rick Bayless is bringing the flavors of Mexico to Willis Tower.

Tortazo is the celebrated chef’s new premium fast-casual restaurant located inside the iconic building at 233 S. Wacker Drive. It is slated to open in December.

“Tortazo is all about offering soul-satisfying food and drinks, and delivering them with generous-spirited hospitality our guests have come to expect,” Bayless said.

Tortazo will offera full menu of made-to-order Mexican food, including griddle-crisped tortas, comforting chilaquiles, hearty handcrafted bowls, seasonal salads and, yes, golden-crispy churros, from the open kitchen.

Complete with a full bar featuring handshaken margaritas, mezcal cocktails, craft beer and wine, Tortazo boasts 77 seats, plus a special lounge for to-go and mobile ordering pickup.

Tortazo will be the showcase restaurant inside Catalog, the new five-story retail, dining and entertainment space evolving at the base of Willis Tower as part of the building’s more than $500 million transformation. Other Catalog tenants include Brown Bag Seafood, Shake Shack, Sweetgreen and more.

“We make no small plans in Chicago, so launching our brand new restaurant, in one of the world’s most recognizable buildings, just seemed really appropriate,” Bayless said.

Tortazo is the newest addition to Bayless’ portfolio of award-winning, critically acclaimed restaurants including Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, XOCO, Bar Sótano, Leña Brava and Cruz Blanca, Frontera Cocina in Orlando and the ever-popular Tortas Frontera at O’Hare International Airport.

The Willis Tower location will be Tortazo’s flagship restaurant, with more locations slated in Chicago and beyond.

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