531 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60654
For a fine dining seafood experience at an affordable price, get thee to the Michelin Bib Gourmand rated GT Fish & Oyster. One of the many reasons to choose this Near North Side hot spot is Chef Giuseppe Tentori’s ability to offer an interesting, and always changing, seafood menu that is paired with various sauces, whether for brunch, lunch or dinner. Since many of the dishes are small plates, it’s also a wonderful opportunity to try a whole slew of different flavors, which go with the local beer menu.
2233 W. Howard St.
Chicago, IL 60645
What this West Rogers Park family-run joint lacks in space — there isn’t any seating — it makes up for in flavor. Whether you have a hankering for shrimp, clam strips or fish and chips, it has you covered. Baked dinners and party trays of seafood platters are also available for those with extra-hearty appetites. Just looking for some seafood to bring home and make yourself? The Fish Key often has fresh seafood available too, like lobster tails, King crab legs and cocktail shrimp. In other words, build your own menu at Fish Keg, and that includes choosing from an array of sides and desserts — such as Sara Lee pies.
21 E. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60611
It’s all about the seafood at Shaw’s, whether you’re dining in the downtown Chicago location or its sister restaurant out in the suburbs. If you’re looking for a fine dining experience, get a table in the sophisticated part of the restaurant. For something a little bit more casual, and not as pricey, grab a stool in the oyster bar. Whichever option you choose, you’ll be presented with a feast. After all, Shaw’s doesn’t just serve fresh oysters, fish and shellfish; it also has a wonderful array of sashimi and sushi. For sporting events, keep up to date on its website, as it often serves all-you-can eat feasts.
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676 W. Diversey Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614
While this basement bar has a handful of beef and steak options on its menu, the Lakeview bar/restaurant is known for its delectable and hefty portions of seafood. If dining “underground” isn’t your thing, stop by in warmer weather and enjoy everything from jumbo shrimp to whole red snapper and dungeness crab outside on the wonderful patio. But do give the basement bar a chance; after all, no one here will care how you tear apart your lobster or how messy you get. Be sure to bring cash no matter where you dine at Half Shell, because it doesn’t take cards.
3341 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
While this Lakeview restaurant is still a relative newcomer to the seafood scene in Chicago, it never fails to impress between its seafood platters, either enjoyed in in the casual sitting area or taken out, or its seafood counter where you can grab the freshest catch of the day. The fried dishes are perfectly fried, the lobster roll wonderfully dressed and the swordfish a delectable treasure. While New England Seafood Company was previously BYOB, it now serves both beer and wine to pair with your food.
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