Our go-to spot for seafood, Shaw's Crab House is a Chicago classic. Choose from two seating experiences: the traditional white-tablecloth–equipped dining room or the lively oyster bar, where you'll find us sucking down bivalves, cracking open crab claws and dunking lobster tails in butter. The menu also includes a terrific lobster roll, bound up with the barest hint of mayo, and sushi and sashimi. Pair your seafood feast with a local beer or a classic martini, which goes perfectly with oysters.
Although Lake Michigan supplies Chicagoans with plenty of pleasures, a varied selection of seafood is not one of them. However, that slight disadvantage hasn’t stopped local restaurants and chefs from offering pristine shellfish and other aquatic treasures. There’s no need to hop on a plane to enjoy fresh catch—many of the products at the following spots are flown in from the coasts. A couple of places even smoke their own seafood on site. Money is no object? Then visit RPM Seafood or Bar Mar to splurge on caviar and Alaskan king crab legs. If you’d rather get your hands dirty, put on a bib and get to cracking at the Angry Crab or Lowcountry. You can also indulge in raw fish over rice with the best sushi in Chicago or have it fried in the best tacos in Chicago. No matter how you like it served, the city’s best seafood restaurants will reel you in.
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