Few in Pullman can remember when the community last had a casual sit-down restaurant. But in the fall of 2020, thanks to a City of Chicago Opportunity Grant, 9th Ward Alderman Anthony A. Beale and CNI President David Doig were joined by Craig Culver and franchise owners Baron Waller and Ronald Wells to break ground for a new free-standing Culver’s restaurant.

Once completed in Spring of 2021, the Culver’s at the intersection of 111thStreet and Doty Avenue will be the first to grace the city’s Far South Side and the franchisees are committed to hiring locally and providing opportunities for growth.  It will be the fifth location opened by Chicago-entrepreneur Baron Waller who owns a Culver’s in Bronzeville and three locations in the suburbs.

Culver’s will join three other dining concepts, Lexington Betty Smokehouse, Majani Soulful Vegan Cuisine and AndySunflower Café at the One Eleven Food Hall, and a Potbelly’s. The dining options are all within the 111th Street Gateway Retail Center that are adjacent to the Pullman National Monument site which is expected to attract 300,000 visitors annually when it opens on Labor Day in 2021.   

The national chain was launched in 1984 when the Culver family opened its first location in the family’s hometown of Sauk City, WI.  By building their reputation on providing great cooked-to-order food with an emphasis on service, hospitality, and community involvement, they now have more than 775 restaurants in 25 states.


  • Project: Culver’s, 124 indoor seats, patio seating and drive-thru window  ​
  • Location: Corner of 111th and Doty Avenue, Pullman

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