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The fish and chips at the Duke of Perth are all-you-can-eat on Wednesdays and Fridays.
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Where to Eat Fish and Chips in Chicago

The Lenten tradition even non-Catholics love to observe

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The fish and chips at the Duke of Perth are all-you-can-eat on Wednesdays and Fridays.
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Lent has begun, and that means fish fry season is in full swing in church basements and social halls all over town. But Chicago’s restaurant scene gets into it, too, tossing cod, whiting, perch, and the occasional haddock, walleye, and catfish into deep fryers with abandon, and then serving them up with tartar sauce, malt vinegar, and hot sauce. Here are some of the best places to fill up — including one that’s all-you-eat.

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1. L. Woods Tap & Pine Lodge

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7110 Lincoln Ave
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
(847) 677-3350
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Lettuce Entertain You’s lodge-themed supper club brings the Wisconsin fish fry experience to Lincolnwood. The Friday special features lake perch served with salt and vinegar fries and housemade tartar sauce. Order carryout and delivery here.

2. Lady Gregory's Irish Bar & Restaurant

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5260 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 271-5050
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Lady Gregory’s in Andersonville serves up a fine fish and chips. The haddock is a change from the usual perch, cod, and whiting, and a gluten-free variation is available. Order online here.

3. The Atlantic Bar & Grill

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5062 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 506-7090
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Fans of football (that is, what Americans call soccer) head to this Lincoln Square Irish pub to enjoy a pint and some fish and chips while catching a match. Call to order takeout.

4. Galvin's Public House

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5901 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60630
(773) 205-0570
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Over in Jefferson Park, Galvin’s is the place to visit for fried fish. The kitchen serves beer-battered Atlantic cod, and it’s the $14 house special on Fridays.

A plate of fried fish and fries.
Galvin’s opts for a classic fish fry.
Galvin’s Public House [Official Photo]

5. Hagen's Fish Market

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5635 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60634
(773) 283-1944
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Family owned since 1966, Hagen's sells deep-fried seafood by the pound (weighed pre-frying). Choose between lake perch and smelt for fish and fries and tater tots for the chips. The store is takeout-only, but there are tables and chairs outside in better weather.

6. The Globe Pub

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1934 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 871-3757
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The favorite pub of football fans serves a beer-battered cod that satisfies all comers. Online ordering is available here.

A plate of fried, battered fish with peas and sauces.
European sports bar the Globe boasts a solid fish fry.
The Globe Pub [Official Photo]

7. Basant Modern Indian Restaurant

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1939 W Byron St
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 770-3616
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Basant does fish and chips Indian style, covering its cod in a spice rub before frying and then serving it up with a side of spicy fries. Order online here.

8. Duke Of Perth

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2913 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 477-1741
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One of Chicago’s most popular fish fries is at Duke of Perth, especially on Wednesdays and Fridays when the beer-battered cod is all-you-can-eat (dine-in only). Call for takeout orders.

9. Parson's Chicken & Fish

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2952 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 384-3333
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Just check out that light batter at Parson’s Chicken & Fish, which now has locations in Logan Square, West Town, Lincoln Park, and Andersonville. It’s essentially a hipster version of the fried fish spots found on the South Side. But they’ve manage to make this fish less greasy, and the hot sauces are also unique.

10. BIG & little's

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860 N Orleans St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 943-0000
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At BIG & little's three fast-casual locations in River North, Lakeview, and Lincoln Park, diners can order a sizable piece of beer-battered cod. The batter-to-fish ratio is perfect and the simple seasoning is not too zesty. Carryout and delivery ordering is available here.

11. GT Fish & Oyster

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531 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 929-3501
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This established River North seafood haven is the place for high-end fish and chips. GT uses walleye and serves it with dill pickle remoulade and malt vinegar chips. Order via Tock or reservations on OpenTable.

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12. The Gage

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24 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 372-4243
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The paper cone presentation does not affect the taste of the Gage's fish and chips, but it's a fun homage to the British tradition of serving the dish in newspaper. The fish varies from day to day, but the kitchen always uses Irish super stout Guinness in the batter. Order online here.

Pieces of fried, battered fish wrapped in newspaper
The Gage goes classic when it comes to fish and chips.
The Gage [Official Photo]

13. Lawrence's Fish & Shrimp

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2120 S Canal St
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 225-2113
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Fried perch and other fish have been prepared the same way for decades at Lawrence's Fish & Shrimp (formerly Fisheries). Click here for pickup and delivery.

14. Pleasant House Pub

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2119 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608
(773) 523-7437
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Pleasant House continued its Friday-only fish fry after relocating to Pilsen in 2016. Staff use Lake Superior whitefish and beer in the batter. An underrated aspect of the restaurant is its sauces: the lemon-caper tartar sauce is a terrific complement to the fish. Carryout and delivery orders can be placed here.

15. Troha's Chicken & Shrimp House

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4151 W 26th St
Chicago, IL 60623
(773) 521-7847
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Open since 1917, this Little Village institution specializes in fried foods. The menu caters to different tastes by offering four types of fish: Cod, perch, and smelt, plus a Lenten special on whiting, two pounds for $23. Order here for carryout.

16. Honey 1 BBQ

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746 E 43rd St
Chicago, IL 60653
(773) 285-9455
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The folks at Honey 1 BBQ in Bronzeville put a Southern spin on fried fish by using cornbread batter and dousing it with hot sauce (if desired).

17. Surf's Up South Shore

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2236 E 71st St
Chicago, IL 60649
(773) 891-5544
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Surf’s Up has quietly expanded to Old Town and virtual kitchens elsewhere in the city. The specialty is fried lobster and Hennessy sauced chicken wings, but there’s plenty of fish variety: fried perch, catfish, and whiting, all with cornbread coating.

18. Kingfish Seafood

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413 E 71st St
Chicago, IL 60619
(413) 371-7878
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Let's show some love to the bottom-dwelling catfish, which Chicagoans and others in much of the landlocked Midwest have come to respect. Kingfish, in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood, offers a golden-brown version, along with perch, whitefish, and more.

19. Calumet Fisheries

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3259 E 95th St
Chicago, IL 60617
(773) 933-9855
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Though it’s best known for smoked seafood, this little South Side shack balances its menu with wonderfully fried fish and shrimp coated in a family recipe batter. The James Beard Foundation deemed the business an American Classic in 2010.

20. Horse Thief Hollow

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10426 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60643
(773) 779-2739
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Horse Thief Hollow is one of Chicago’s best brewpubs, and every Friday during Lent, it serves fried fish two ways: with parsnip puree and shaved fennel salad or the classic preparation with fries, both equally satisfying with the cold adult beverages. If only someone could find one here...

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1. L. Woods Tap & Pine Lodge

7110 Lincoln Ave, Lincolnwood, IL 60712

Lettuce Entertain You’s lodge-themed supper club brings the Wisconsin fish fry experience to Lincolnwood. The Friday special features lake perch served with salt and vinegar fries and housemade tartar sauce. Order carryout and delivery here.

7110 Lincoln Ave
Lincolnwood, IL 60712

2. Lady Gregory's Irish Bar & Restaurant

5260 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

Lady Gregory’s in Andersonville serves up a fine fish and chips. The haddock is a change from the usual perch, cod, and whiting, and a gluten-free variation is available. Order online here.

5260 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

3. The Atlantic Bar & Grill

5062 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Fans of football (that is, what Americans call soccer) head to this Lincoln Square Irish pub to enjoy a pint and some fish and chips while catching a match. Call to order takeout.

5062 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

4. Galvin's Public House

5901 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60630
A plate of fried fish and fries.
Galvin’s opts for a classic fish fry.
Galvin’s Public House [Official Photo]

Over in Jefferson Park, Galvin’s is the place to visit for fried fish. The kitchen serves beer-battered Atlantic cod, and it’s the $14 house special on Fridays.

5901 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60630

5. Hagen's Fish Market

5635 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60634

Family owned since 1966, Hagen's sells deep-fried seafood by the pound (weighed pre-frying). Choose between lake perch and smelt for fish and fries and tater tots for the chips. The store is takeout-only, but there are tables and chairs outside in better weather.

5635 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60634

6. The Globe Pub

1934 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613
A plate of fried, battered fish with peas and sauces.
European sports bar the Globe boasts a solid fish fry.
The Globe Pub [Official Photo]

The favorite pub of football fans serves a beer-battered cod that satisfies all comers. Online ordering is available here.

1934 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60613

7. Basant Modern Indian Restaurant

1939 W Byron St, Chicago, IL 60613

Basant does fish and chips Indian style, covering its cod in a spice rub before frying and then serving it up with a side of spicy fries. Order online here.

1939 W Byron St
Chicago, IL 60613

8. Duke Of Perth

2913 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

One of Chicago’s most popular fish fries is at Duke of Perth, especially on Wednesdays and Fridays when the beer-battered cod is all-you-can-eat (dine-in only). Call for takeout orders.

2913 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

9. Parson's Chicken & Fish

2952 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Just check out that light batter at Parson’s Chicken & Fish, which now has locations in Logan Square, West Town, Lincoln Park, and Andersonville. It’s essentially a hipster version of the fried fish spots found on the South Side. But they’ve manage to make this fish less greasy, and the hot sauces are also unique.

2952 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

10. BIG & little's

860 N Orleans St, Chicago, IL 60610

At BIG & little's three fast-casual locations in River North, Lakeview, and Lincoln Park, diners can order a sizable piece of beer-battered cod. The batter-to-fish ratio is perfect and the simple seasoning is not too zesty. Carryout and delivery ordering is available here.

860 N Orleans St
Chicago, IL 60610

11. GT Fish & Oyster

531 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654
Boka Restaurant Group [Official Photo]

This established River North seafood haven is the place for high-end fish and chips. GT uses walleye and serves it with dill pickle remoulade and malt vinegar chips. Order via Tock or reservations on OpenTable.

531 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654

12. The Gage

24 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
Pieces of fried, battered fish wrapped in newspaper
The Gage goes classic when it comes to fish and chips.
The Gage [Official Photo]

The paper cone presentation does not affect the taste of the Gage's fish and chips, but it's a fun homage to the British tradition of serving the dish in newspaper. The fish varies from day to day, but the kitchen always uses Irish super stout Guinness in the batter. Order online here.

24 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

13. Lawrence's Fish & Shrimp

2120 S Canal St, Chicago, IL 60616

Fried perch and other fish have been prepared the same way for decades at Lawrence's Fish & Shrimp (formerly Fisheries). Click here for pickup and delivery.

2120 S Canal St
Chicago, IL 60616

14. Pleasant House Pub

2119 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608

Pleasant House continued its Friday-only fish fry after relocating to Pilsen in 2016. Staff use Lake Superior whitefish and beer in the batter. An underrated aspect of the restaurant is its sauces: the lemon-caper tartar sauce is a terrific complement to the fish. Carryout and delivery orders can be placed here.

2119 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608

15. Troha's Chicken & Shrimp House

4151 W 26th St, Chicago, IL 60623

Open since 1917, this Little Village institution specializes in fried foods. The menu caters to different tastes by offering four types of fish: Cod, perch, and smelt, plus a Lenten special on whiting, two pounds for $23. Order here for carryout.

4151 W 26th St
Chicago, IL 60623

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16. Honey 1 BBQ

746 E 43rd St, Chicago, IL 60653

The folks at Honey 1 BBQ in Bronzeville put a Southern spin on fried fish by using cornbread batter and dousing it with hot sauce (if desired).

746 E 43rd St
Chicago, IL 60653

17. Surf's Up South Shore

2236 E 71st St, Chicago, IL 60649

Surf’s Up has quietly expanded to Old Town and virtual kitchens elsewhere in the city. The specialty is fried lobster and Hennessy sauced chicken wings, but there’s plenty of fish variety: fried perch, catfish, and whiting, all with cornbread coating.

2236 E 71st St
Chicago, IL 60649

18. Kingfish Seafood

413 E 71st St, Chicago, IL 60619

Let's show some love to the bottom-dwelling catfish, which Chicagoans and others in much of the landlocked Midwest have come to respect. Kingfish, in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood, offers a golden-brown version, along with perch, whitefish, and more.

413 E 71st St
Chicago, IL 60619

19. Calumet Fisheries

3259 E 95th St, Chicago, IL 60617

Though it’s best known for smoked seafood, this little South Side shack balances its menu with wonderfully fried fish and shrimp coated in a family recipe batter. The James Beard Foundation deemed the business an American Classic in 2010.

3259 E 95th St
Chicago, IL 60617

20. Horse Thief Hollow

10426 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643

Horse Thief Hollow is one of Chicago’s best brewpubs, and every Friday during Lent, it serves fried fish two ways: with parsnip puree and shaved fennel salad or the classic preparation with fries, both equally satisfying with the cold adult beverages. If only someone could find one here...

10426 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60643

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