227 E Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60611
Nando’s PERi-PERi, the South African-Portuguese restaurant known worldwide for its spicy flame-grilled chicken, hatches its newest Chicago-area restaurant on Sunday August 7th in Streeterville. The new restaurant, at 227 E. Ontario Street, is just blocks from the Magnificent Mile. On opening day, Sunday Aug. 7th, Nando’s will donate 100 percent of sales to help renovate the popular Seneca Park and the Eli M. Schulman Playground in Streeterville.
“When a new Nando’s opens, we like to be good neighbors by partnering with local non-profits to help the community,” said Burton Heiss, CEO of Nando’s PERi-PERi USA. “We love the idea of helping to renovate Seneca Park and the Eli M. Schulman Playground, which has become such an important community gathering place.”
Since opening in Chicago in spring 2015, Nando’s has raised more than $100,000 for local non-profits.
“We are delighted to have a Nando’s in our neighborhood and we so appreciate their commitment to improving this important public space,” said Marc Schulman, who was the chairman of the campaign in 1990 to create the playground and rebuild Seneca Park in honor of his father, the late Eli M. Schulman, a well-known restaurateur who was active in promoting Chicago and helping youth.
Eight Chicago Restaurants….and Counting
Nando’s moved to Chicago last year and has quickly opened restaurants throughout the city and suburbs. On July 24, it unveiled a new location in the Roosevelt Collection. Nando’s eighth addition to the Windy City is located just off N. St. Clair Street at 227 E. Ontario in Streeterville.
Nando’s has built an intensely loyal following, from London to the Loop, by providing fresh food in a relaxed atmosphere with friendly service. Nando’s is known worldwide for its succulent PERi-PERi chicken, marinated for 24 hours, flame-grilled to perfection, and basted to the customer’s preferred flavor and spice.
Every Nando’s is painstakingly designed and completely unique, with earthy textures and bright colors that reflect its sunny African-Portuguese heritage. With thousands of pieces of original works of art that are a constant reminder of where the restaurant came from, Nando’s has become the largest collector of South African contemporary art in the world.
227 E. Ontario Street
In Streeterville, Nando’s has transformed a former U.S. Post Office into a colorful and inviting destination. An over-sized mural by South African painter John Murray adds vibrant pinks and reds to the main dining room wall. In the United States alone, there are more than 700 pieces of original African art in Nando’s restaurants.
About Seneca Park and the Eli M. Schulman Playground
Located just east of Chicago’s venerable pumping station, Seneca Park and the Eli M. Schulman Playground provide a quiet oasis from bustling Michigan Avenue and the Magnificent Mile. Located at 220 E. Chicago Avenue in Streeterville, the park features a lawn with shaded walkways and a whimsical playground beloved by Chicago families and visitors. For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/SenecaParkAndEliSchulmanPlayground/
WHAT: Grand Opening of the new Nando’s in Streeterville, with 100 percent of opening day sales (excluding alcohol) donated to Seneca Park and the Eli M. Schulman Playground
WHEN: Sunday, August 7, starting at 11am. Regular restaurant hours are 11am – 10pm, with weekend hours extending until 11pm
WHERE: Nando’s PERi-PERi, 227 E. Ontario Street, Chicago
About Nando’s PERi-PERi
The first Nando’s restaurant opened its doors in 1987 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since then, the Nando’s flame has spread to 23 countries on five continents. Nando’s is known worldwide for its succulent PERi-PERi chicken, marinated for 24 hours, flame-grilled to perfection, and basted to the customer’s preferred flavor and spice. It’s equally renowned for its spicy PERi-PERi, the Bird’s Eye chili pepper that indigenous Africans introduced to the Portuguese centuries ago.
Nando’s PERi-PERi made its U.S. debut in 2008 with the opening of its first location in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, DC. Nando’s PERi-PERi now operates more than 30 restaurants in and around Chicago, Baltimore and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit www.nandosperiperi.com, follow @NandosUSA on Twitter or Like Us at Nando’s PERi-PERi USA on Facebook.