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Chicago-Inspired Restaurant Will Bring Thin-Crust Pizza, Mid-Century Vibes to University Park

D.L. Mack’s is the newest place-inspired restaurant from Vandelay Hospitality

two thin-crust pizzas on stands on a table
Expect Chicago-style pizzas like those at sibling restaurant Drake’s, and more Windy City eats, when D.L. Mack’s opens later this year.

The minds behind one of the best burgers in Dallas are bringing a new postwar-inspired Chicago-style eatery to University Park.

D.L Mack’s, the newest restaurant from Vandelay Hospitality, will open at 6501 Hillcrest Avenue in September. Vandelay is known for its place-inspired restaurants, including Hudson House, known for its excellent burgers and ice cold martinis, Drake’s, inspired by swanky old Hollywood eateries, and the soon-to-open Brentwood, which will feature cuisine from the American Southwest.

According to a press release, D.L. Mack’s will pay homage to the iconic brownstones of Chicago’s Lincoln Park. Diners can expect Chicago-style thin-crust pizzas like those served at Drake’s, plus other eats inspired by the Windy City, as well as Vandelay’s signature martinis.

The restaurant’s decor will include elements reminiscent of midcentury Chicago, including an old train station clock in the dining room, green checkered tile, antique window panes, and benches inspired by those on the city’s elevated metro system.

D.L. Mack’s will be the sixth concept for Vandelay Group. In addition to Brentwood, which was announced in March and will open the fall, the Nashville-inspired Lucky’s Hot Chicken opened in April just a few blocks away from where D.L. Mack’s will be located. Last month, the group also announced its expansion to Houston, with a Hudson House slated to open there in November.