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Galvin’s Public House is a go-to for a fish fry on the Northwest Side.
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Galvin’s Public House is a go-to for a fish fry on the Northwest Side.
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Midwesterners love their fried fish, and Chicagoans are no exception. Those looking to avoid red meat can find a bountiful variety of deep-fried delicacies ranging from British-inspired fish and chips to cornbread-coated catfish. Southern-style fillets are popular as well thanks to unique hot and mild sauces that act as a perfect complement. Of course, Chicago's neighbors to the north have also had an influence. Wisconsin-style fish fries on Friday nights are a part of Midwestern culture, and there are several restaurants that have brought a taste of America's Dairyland to the Second City.

Some prefer Atlantic cod while others favor perch. But there’s no denying that these crispy, salty, and sometimes beer-battered pieces of fish are simply irresistible. Especially when they’re dipped in hot sauce, malt vinegar, or tartar sauce. And don't forget the noble catfish either, because deep-frying can make anything taste wonderful. The latest additions to the map include the Duck Inn, Troha’s Chicken & Shrimp House, and L. Woods Tap & Pine Lodge.

As of February 16, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 40 percent maximum capacity per room, or 50 people — whichever is fewer. At the same time, despite winter weather, a number of Chicago restaurants continue to offer outdoor seating. Regardless, the state requires reservations for both indoor and outdoor dining. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as an endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. Boston Fish Market

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1225 Forest Ave
Des Plaines, IL 60018
(847) 803-2100
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Go up to northwest suburban Des Plaines to find a variety of deep-fried fish. Boston Fish Market’s Greek-influenced menu includes choices like cod, tilapia, perch, grouper, catfish, snapper, and walleye. Order here.

2. The Fish Keg

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2233 W Howard St
Chicago, IL 60645
(773) 262-6603
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There are several fried fish options at the Fish Keg, which is located close to suburban Evanston. Try both the light and spicy batters.

3. 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.

4. The Atlantic Bar & Grill

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5062 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 506-7090
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Football fans head to this Lincoln Square pub to enjoy a pint and some fish and chips while catching a match.

5. 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 a fish fry. The kitchen serves beer-battered Atlantic cod.

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Galvin’s opts for a classic fish fry.
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6. 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. The fish chips are made with pollock and the batter is a bit more crisp than others.

7. 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 footballers serves a beer-battered cod that satisfies all fans. 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.
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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.

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’s newest location in Lincoln Park. It’s essentially a hipster version of 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. Locations are planned for Andersonville and West Town.

10. Goose Island Shrimp House

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1011 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 642-3640
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The venerable shrimp house on Goose Island is a popular late night destination for greasy delights. Satiate the munchies with fish chips, fried catfish, or fried smelt, and don’t forget the housemade hot sauce. Cash only.

11. 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, diners can order a sizeable 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.

12. 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 open for to-go and on-premise dining. GT uses walleye for its fish and chips and serves it with dill pickle remoulade and malt vinegar chips. Order via Tock or reservations on OpenTable.

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13. 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 portability of the dish. The restaurant uses Irish super stout Guinness in the batter that covers the Icelandic cod.

Pieces of fried, battered fish wrapped in newspaper
The Gage goes classic when it comes to fish and chips.
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14. 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 (née Fisheries) Fish & Shrimp. Click here for pickup and delivery.

15. 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 batter the filet. An underrated aspect of the restaurant is its sauces, with the lemon-caper tartar sauce being a terrific complement to the fish. Carryout and delivery orders can be placed here.

16. The Duck Inn

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2701 S Eleanor St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 724-8811
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Bridgeport gastrotavern the Duck Inn is frying up fish and chips on Fridays for Lenten season. Inspired by the fantastic versions across the pond, chef Kevin Hickey developed his super crispy recipe during his time as chef of the Four Seasons in Dublin and London. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed on Tock.

17. 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, whitefish, perch, and catfish. Order here for carryout.

18. 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).

19. 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 with virtual kitchens elsewhere in the city. The specialty is fried lobster the Hennessy sauced chicken wings, but theres plenty of fish variety. The cornbread coating is featured on fried perch, catfish, and whiting.

20. 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 land-locked Midwest have come to respect. Kingfish, in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood, offers a golden-brown version, along with perch, whitefish, and more.

21. 5 Loaves Eatery

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405 E 75th St
Chicago, IL 60619
(773) 891-2889
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Situated a few blocks east of the Dan Ryan on 75th Street, Jean-Banchet-recognized 5 Loaves Eatery puts a lot of love into their food. Try the fried catfish filets or nuggets.

22. 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.

23. 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 they’ve established a Friday tradition during Lent. Through Easter Sunday, every Friday they serve fried lake perch paired with crunchy fries. It’s a classic preparation that’s satisfying with the cold adult beverages. If only someone could find one here. They’re open for dine in.

Lake Perch is back for Lent! Enjoy a platter tonight & every Friday till Easter, only at HTH. #hthbrewing #pinttoplate #lakeperch #brewedinBeverly #horsethiefhollow #Chicagobrewery #lentenspecial

Posted by Horse Thief Hollow Brewing Co. on Wednesday, February 17, 2021

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1. Boston Fish Market

1225 Forest Ave, Des Plaines, IL 60018

Go up to northwest suburban Des Plaines to find a variety of deep-fried fish. Boston Fish Market’s Greek-influenced menu includes choices like cod, tilapia, perch, grouper, catfish, snapper, and walleye. Order here.

1225 Forest Ave
Des Plaines, IL 60018

2. The Fish Keg

2233 W Howard St, Chicago, IL 60645

There are several fried fish options at the Fish Keg, which is located close to suburban Evanston. Try both the light and spicy batters.

2233 W Howard St
Chicago, IL 60645

3. 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

4. The Atlantic Bar & Grill

5062 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Football fans head to this Lincoln Square pub to enjoy a pint and some fish and chips while catching a match.

5062 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

5. 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 a fish fry. The kitchen serves beer-battered Atlantic cod.

5901 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60630

6. Hagen's Fish Market

5635 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60634

Family owned since 1966, Hagen's sells deep-fried seafood by the pound. The fish chips are made with pollock and the batter is a bit more crisp than others.

5635 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60634

7. 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 footballers serves a beer-battered cod that satisfies all fans. Online ordering is available here.

1934 W Irving Park Rd
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.

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’s newest location in Lincoln Park. It’s essentially a hipster version of 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. Locations are planned for Andersonville and West Town.

2952 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

10. Goose Island Shrimp House

1011 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60642

The venerable shrimp house on Goose Island is a popular late night destination for greasy delights. Satiate the munchies with fish chips, fried catfish, or fried smelt, and don’t forget the housemade hot sauce. Cash only.

1011 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60642

11. BIG & little's

860 N Orleans St, Chicago, IL 60610

At BIG & little's three fast-casual locations, diners can order a sizeable 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

12. GT Fish & Oyster

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

This established River North seafood haven is open for to-go and on-premise dining. GT uses walleye for its fish and chips 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

13. 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 portability of the dish. The restaurant uses Irish super stout Guinness in the batter that covers the Icelandic cod.

24 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

14. 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 (née Fisheries) Fish & Shrimp. Click here for pickup and delivery.

2120 S Canal St
Chicago, IL 60616

15. 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 batter the filet. An underrated aspect of the restaurant is its sauces, with the lemon-caper tartar sauce being a terrific complement to the fish. Carryout and delivery orders can be placed here.

2119 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608

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16. The Duck Inn

2701 S Eleanor St, Chicago, IL 60608

Bridgeport gastrotavern the Duck Inn is frying up fish and chips on Fridays for Lenten season. Inspired by the fantastic versions across the pond, chef Kevin Hickey developed his super crispy recipe during his time as chef of the Four Seasons in Dublin and London. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed on Tock.

2701 S Eleanor St
Chicago, IL 60608

17. 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, whitefish, perch, and catfish. Order here for carryout.

4151 W 26th St
Chicago, IL 60623

18. 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

19. Surf's Up South Shore

2236 E 71st St, Chicago, IL 60649

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

2236 E 71st St
Chicago, IL 60649

20. 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 land-locked 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

21. 5 Loaves Eatery

405 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619

Situated a few blocks east of the Dan Ryan on 75th Street, Jean-Banchet-recognized 5 Loaves Eatery puts a lot of love into their food. Try the fried catfish filets or nuggets.

405 E 75th St
Chicago, IL 60619

22. 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

23. Horse Thief Hollow

10426 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643

Horse Thief Hollow is one of Chicago’s best brewpubs, and they’ve established a Friday tradition during Lent. Through Easter Sunday, every Friday they serve fried lake perch paired with crunchy fries. It’s a classic preparation that’s satisfying with the cold adult beverages. If only someone could find one here. They’re open for dine in.

10426 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60643

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