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Burgers Topped With Ribs Will Raise Money for The Gift Theatre

By Heather Cherone | July 7, 2014 5:25am | Updated on July 7, 2014 6:59am
 The burgers will raise money for The Gift Theatre, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary and 14th season.
The burgers will raise money for The Gift Theatre, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary and 14th season.
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Leadbelly

PORTAGE PARK — Burger lovers have a good excuse to try Leadbelly's newest craft burger creation — a classic burger topped with ribs and a haystack of fried onion straws on a bed of Sriracha-bleu cheese slaw.

With each massive burger sold in July, Leadbelly will donate $5 to Jefferson Park's The Gift Theatre, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, owner Nicole Masse O'Brien said.

"They have been flying out of the kitchen," Masse O'Brien said. "It is a great cause."

Heather Cherone details just how ... healthy ... these charitable burgers are:

That might have something to do with the fact that the burger features not just any ribs, but the world famously tender ribs from Jefferson Park's Gale Street Inn.

"It is really good," Masse O'Brien said. "The slaw gives it a nice kick."

And don't worry about fitting it all in your mouth, Masse O'Brien said.

"It smooshes," she said.

Lauded as the home of some of the best burgers in Chicago, Leadbelly said business has been good at its second location in Gladstone Park, 5691 W. Milwaukee Ave.

"Business has been very steady and strong," O'Brien said.

Leadbelly in Portage Park, 5739 W. Irving Park Road, has been open since April 2013.

Leadbelly's "crazy burgers" feature ingredients made from scratch, including beef ground on site and buns baked daily. Craft beers and handcrafted shakes are available to help diners wash down the huge burgers and baskets of fries topped with everything from garlic and parmesan cheese to chili cheese Fritos and Polish sausage.

The Gift Theatre is celebrating its 10th anniversary and 14th season. Its production of "Othello" begins July 17.

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