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Where To Get $1 Oysters

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There are quite a few great places to get oysters in Chicago, but if you're looking to indulge on a budget, search no further. Here's a list of the city's $1 (or almost $1) oyster deals. Start collecting those quarters.

— Marguerite Preston


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1. Devon Seafood Grill

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39 E Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 440-8660
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Their selection of East Coast oysters are all $1 during happy hours. Go between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday through Friday, or between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sundays. Or try the late night happy hour, from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday.

2. La Sardine

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111 N Carpenter St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 421-2800
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Go on a Friday for $1 oysters at La Sardine. But take note: oysters are only available at the bar, and only during dinner service.

3. The Bluebird

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1749 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 486-2473
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The Bluebird offers a rotating selection of East and West Coast oysters for $1 during their happy hour, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day.

4. Tavernita

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151 W. Erie St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 274-1111
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Here they call it "Buck a Shuck": oysters are $1 every day from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., but only at the bar.

5. Fish Bar

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2956 N Sheffield
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 687-8177
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It's not quite dollar oysters, but if you're willing to spend a couple extra quarters, Fish Bar offers oysters for $1.50 on Sundays. Or, for the uninitiated, they'll let you "try one" for $1 any day of the week (otherwise you have to order them by the half dozen for $15 an order).

6. Frontier

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1072 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 772-4322
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Though you can't order them by the piece, on Thursdays oysters are less that $1: get a dozen of the Chef's choice for $10. If you're not up for a dozen, go on "$2 Tuesdays", when you can get oysters (as well as tacos, half pints, and whiskey shots) for $2 each.

7. Shaw's Crab House

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21 E Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 527-2722
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You can't quite get $1 oysters, but from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day oysters are half off. That's a little less that $7 for a half dozen--not bad for some of Chicago's favorite oysters.

8. Davis Street Fishmarket

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501 Davis St
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 869-3474
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Save yourself a nickel: on Thursdays oysters (and shrimp) are just $.95 each. But be sure to note, you can only get this deal at the bar, and there's a minimum of 6 oysters per order.

9. Benny’s Chop House

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444 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 626-2444
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But then again, why get $1 oysters when you can get them for a quarter instead? On Wednesdays at Benny's Chop House, oysters are $.25 each.

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1. Devon Seafood Grill

39 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Their selection of East Coast oysters are all $1 during happy hours. Go between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday through Friday, or between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sundays. Or try the late night happy hour, from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday.
39 E Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

2. La Sardine

111 N Carpenter St, Chicago, IL 60607
Go on a Friday for $1 oysters at La Sardine. But take note: oysters are only available at the bar, and only during dinner service.
111 N Carpenter St
Chicago, IL 60607

3. The Bluebird

1749 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
The Bluebird offers a rotating selection of East and West Coast oysters for $1 during their happy hour, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day.
1749 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

4. Tavernita

151 W. Erie St., Chicago, IL 60654
Here they call it "Buck a Shuck": oysters are $1 every day from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., but only at the bar.
151 W. Erie St.
Chicago, IL 60654

5. Fish Bar

2956 N Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60657
It's not quite dollar oysters, but if you're willing to spend a couple extra quarters, Fish Bar offers oysters for $1.50 on Sundays. Or, for the uninitiated, they'll let you "try one" for $1 any day of the week (otherwise you have to order them by the half dozen for $15 an order).
2956 N Sheffield
Chicago, IL 60657

6. Frontier

1072 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642
Though you can't order them by the piece, on Thursdays oysters are less that $1: get a dozen of the Chef's choice for $10. If you're not up for a dozen, go on "$2 Tuesdays", when you can get oysters (as well as tacos, half pints, and whiskey shots) for $2 each.
1072 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642

7. Shaw's Crab House

21 E Hubbard St., Chicago, IL 60611
You can't quite get $1 oysters, but from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day oysters are half off. That's a little less that $7 for a half dozen--not bad for some of Chicago's favorite oysters.
21 E Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60611

8. Davis Street Fishmarket

501 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201
Save yourself a nickel: on Thursdays oysters (and shrimp) are just $.95 each. But be sure to note, you can only get this deal at the bar, and there's a minimum of 6 oysters per order.
501 Davis St
Evanston, IL 60201

9. Benny’s Chop House

444 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
But then again, why get $1 oysters when you can get them for a quarter instead? On Wednesdays at Benny's Chop House, oysters are $.25 each.
444 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

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