Calumet Fisheries

Restaurants, Seafood South Deering
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Calumet Fisheries
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Calumet Fisheries

This smoke shack was born when the steel industry was thriving and the area was populated by hungry day laborers. Set at the base of the famous Blues Brothers bridge, this little white box brings in customers from all around for smoked shrimp, trout and sable, which are always on offer. You’ll see folks sitting in their cars eating their picks out of paper bags, a quintessential part of the experience.

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Venue name: Calumet Fisheries
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Address: 3259 E 95th St
Chicago
60617
Cross street: between Chicago and Ewing Aves
Opening hours: Sun-Wed 10am-9:45pm; Thurs 9am-9:30pm; Fri, Sat 9am-9:45pm
Transport: Bus: 26, 30, 71. Train: Elec S Chicago to 93rd St (South Chicago).
Price: Average main course: $13
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This place is worth the drive out of the city limits for one reason alone: smoked shrimp. The gently fried, not greasy, smoked shrimp with the spicy marinara sauce is worthy of your 30 minute drive, as you sit on the side of the road looking at the bridge made famous in the Blues Brothers movie, and enjoy the ships sailing through on the river down below. There's actually a grassy area next to the restaurant where you can bring a picnic blanket and lay out all your amazing smoked fish finds, and enjoy the amazing seafood to your hearts content. I personally make a stop here everytime I'm en route home from Indiana or Michigan and it's 100% worth the stop.