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Oysters are a wonderful summertime bite.
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Where to Find Oyster Specials in Chicago

Slurp beautiful, briny bivalves all over town

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Oysters are a wonderful summertime bite.
| Uvae Kitchen & Wine Bar [Official Photo]

The pandemic changed a lot for Chicago’s bars and restaurants, and one of them was the silencing of bar food specials. Oysters costs have actually plummeted during the pandemic due to a lack of demand.

Despite the distance from both coast, in recent years oyster specials have become increasingly popular in Chicago. But now that restrictions are loosened, the raw bar is once again a popular place. And though vendor prices have dipped, other restaurant expenses have increased — including the price of labor — which means oyster specials aren’t as abundant as they once were.

Below, find an updated list of Chicago restaurants that offer $1 or $2 oysters. Most are happy hour specials, which tends to mean discounts on drinks, too. A number of previous oyster standbys haven’t (yet) brought back their bivalve deals after reopening, but new options may crop up in the coming months.

Do you know of any $1 or $2 oyster deals that we didn't mention? Let us know via the tipline.

As of June 11, Chicago restaurants have fully reopened and the city has lifted restrictions on capacity, masking, and social distancing. For updated information on coronavirus cases, 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 safety guidelines. The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is available here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Find a local vaccination site here.

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1. Uvae Kitchen and Wine Bar

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5553 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 654-1432
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This mellow Andersonville wine bar includes $1 oysters during its happy hour, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. There’s also $1 shrimp cocktail and $4 draft bubbles.

A round tray filled with ice and raw oysters on the half shell. Uvae Kitchen and Wine Bar [Official Photo]

2. Chop Shop

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2033 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 537-4440
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Score $1 oysters from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays this meat-centric spot in Wicker Park. There’s also half-price bottles of wine available all day.

3. Queen Mary

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2125 W Division
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 697-3522
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Heisler's British sailor-inspired cocktail bar in Wicker Park serves $1 oysters Sundays (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and Mondays (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) while supplies last. The briny bites pair well with $6 martinis.

4. Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar

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2700 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 661-9577
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Drop by chic Eastern European-inspired Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar for $1 oysters from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily in Humboldt Park. Staff give a playful nod to Chicago with giardiniera mignonette.

5. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

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60 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 379-5637
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A joint operation between Lettuce Entertain You and Miam’s Joe’s Stone Crab this Streeterville steakhouse is famous for surf and turf. Fortunately for Chicago, that approach includes a happy hour special featuring a half-dozen oysters for $6 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the lounge.

6. Bar Sótano

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In the alley behind Frontera Grill, 443 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 391-5857
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Celebrity chef Rick Bayless and daughter Lanie’s popular Mexican-inspired cocktail den features $1 Kumiai oysters (usually from Baja) all day on Wednesdays and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays.

7. Hubbard Inn

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110 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 222-1331
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This clubby River North bar and lounge adds $1 oysters to the mix during happy hour, which runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

8. The Smith

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400 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 312-5100
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New York import the Smith doesn’t skimp on happy hour offerings, but its bivalves are slightly pricier than other specials in town: find $2 oysters from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

9. Tortoise Supper Club

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350 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 755-1700
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Throwback River North spot Tortoise Supper Club showcases $1 oysters (plus $1 shrimp and half-price cocktails) from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the lounge and patio spaces.

10. Cold Storage

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1000 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 773-9420
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The casual seafood companion to Boka's Swift & Sons steakhouse serves $1.25 oysters from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

11. Fisk & Co.

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225 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 236-9300
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Kimpton Hotel’s mussel and beer bar touts a “$2 Buck Shuck” oyster special from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday with a curious maximum of two-dozen oysters per person. There’s also $6 glasses of select red, white, and rosé wines.

12. The Publican

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837 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-9555
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One Off Hospitality’s pork palace the Publican has also kicked up the happy hour oyster price to $2. The salty treats are available from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday alongside drink specials, potted rillettes, and charcuterie plates.

13. Prime & Provisions

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222 N LaSalle St
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 726-7777
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Loop steakhouse Prime & Provisions typically charges $18 for a half dozen oysters and $34 for a dozen oysters, but Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., they’re $1 a pop. The selection can change daily and all come with lemon ginger mignonette and cocktail sauce.

14. Venteux Brasserie, Cafe & Oyster Bar

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224 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 777-9003
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Venteux, the new French restaurant inside the Pendry Hotel (which is resides in the historic Carbide & Carbon building off the Mag Mile), offers an oyster of the day for $1 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. during happy hour.

15. The Signature Lounge at the 96th

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875 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60610

The Hancock Center, the 100-story landmark on Michigan Avenue, may be a tourist trap, but take a protip and head to the lounge on the 96th Floor for an appetizer and drink rather than a full meal at the restaurant. One special of note is from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, walk-ins can grab $2 oysters, along with drink and wine specials.

1. Uvae Kitchen and Wine Bar

5553 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
A round tray filled with ice and raw oysters on the half shell. Uvae Kitchen and Wine Bar [Official Photo]

This mellow Andersonville wine bar includes $1 oysters during its happy hour, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. There’s also $1 shrimp cocktail and $4 draft bubbles.

5553 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

2. Chop Shop

2033 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Score $1 oysters from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays this meat-centric spot in Wicker Park. There’s also half-price bottles of wine available all day.

2033 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

3. Queen Mary

2125 W Division, Chicago, IL 60622

Heisler's British sailor-inspired cocktail bar in Wicker Park serves $1 oysters Sundays (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and Mondays (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) while supplies last. The briny bites pair well with $6 martinis.

2125 W Division
Chicago, IL 60622

4. Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar

2700 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Drop by chic Eastern European-inspired Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar for $1 oysters from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily in Humboldt Park. Staff give a playful nod to Chicago with giardiniera mignonette.

2700 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

5. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

60 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

A joint operation between Lettuce Entertain You and Miam’s Joe’s Stone Crab this Streeterville steakhouse is famous for surf and turf. Fortunately for Chicago, that approach includes a happy hour special featuring a half-dozen oysters for $6 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the lounge.

60 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

6. Bar Sótano

In the alley behind Frontera Grill, 443 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

Celebrity chef Rick Bayless and daughter Lanie’s popular Mexican-inspired cocktail den features $1 Kumiai oysters (usually from Baja) all day on Wednesdays and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays.

In the alley behind Frontera Grill, 443 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

7. Hubbard Inn

110 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

This clubby River North bar and lounge adds $1 oysters to the mix during happy hour, which runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

110 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654

8. The Smith

400 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

New York import the Smith doesn’t skimp on happy hour offerings, but its bivalves are slightly pricier than other specials in town: find $2 oysters from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

400 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

9. Tortoise Supper Club

350 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654

Throwback River North spot Tortoise Supper Club showcases $1 oysters (plus $1 shrimp and half-price cocktails) from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the lounge and patio spaces.

350 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654

10. Cold Storage

1000 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

The casual seafood companion to Boka's Swift & Sons steakhouse serves $1.25 oysters from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

1000 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

11. Fisk & Co.

225 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601

Kimpton Hotel’s mussel and beer bar touts a “$2 Buck Shuck” oyster special from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday with a curious maximum of two-dozen oysters per person. There’s also $6 glasses of select red, white, and rosé wines.

225 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60601

12. The Publican

837 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

One Off Hospitality’s pork palace the Publican has also kicked up the happy hour oyster price to $2. The salty treats are available from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday alongside drink specials, potted rillettes, and charcuterie plates.

837 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

13. Prime & Provisions

222 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60601

Loop steakhouse Prime & Provisions typically charges $18 for a half dozen oysters and $34 for a dozen oysters, but Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., they’re $1 a pop. The selection can change daily and all come with lemon ginger mignonette and cocktail sauce.

222 N LaSalle St
Chicago, IL 60601

14. Venteux Brasserie, Cafe & Oyster Bar

224 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601

Venteux, the new French restaurant inside the Pendry Hotel (which is resides in the historic Carbide & Carbon building off the Mag Mile), offers an oyster of the day for $1 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. during happy hour.

224 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60601

15. The Signature Lounge at the 96th

875 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60610

The Hancock Center, the 100-story landmark on Michigan Avenue, may be a tourist trap, but take a protip and head to the lounge on the 96th Floor for an appetizer and drink rather than a full meal at the restaurant. One special of note is from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, walk-ins can grab $2 oysters, along with drink and wine specials.

875 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60610

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