August 5 is National Oyster Day, and Chicago’s breaking out the bivalves. Here are a few pearls of places with specials so you can slurp and shuck your way through the city.
National Oyster Day Specials in Chicago
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From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Lakeshore East lounge will offer $1 oysters, and an oyster shucking demonstration will take place at 5:30 p.m. Attendees may pair their oysters with Gratien & Meyer Cremant de Loire Sparkling Rose for $5 a glass (regularly $10) or Dry Creek Vineyards Chenin Blanc for $5 a glass (regularly $11 and winner of the Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition). 180 N Field Blvd, 312-938-4303
Frontier is hosting an Oyster and Rosé Patio Soiree all weekend long. On Friday, August 4 from 4-7pm, and Saturday, August 5, and Sunday, August 6 from 3-5pm, attendees can enjoy $1 Oysters, $2 Chargrilled Oysters, $12 Bacon-Wrapped Oysters, $5 Glasses of Rosé, $5 Frosé, and more. 1072 N Milwaukee Ave, 773.772.4322
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From 9 am-3 pm for brunch, enjoy a special one-day-only oyster benedict that includes fried oysters served over a fluffy English muffin with rich, creamy hollandaise sauce made with Crystal Louisiana-style hot sauce for an added kick for $16.
For dinner, from 4pm-1am, guests can enjoy the restaurant’s much lauded Hearth Grilled Oysters for $1 each. The oysters are served in the half shell with parmesan, garlic and butter, perfect for ordering alongside a crisp glass of bubbles from the bar. 5311 S Lake Park Ave W, 312.801.2100
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Hugo’s Frog Bar
You don’t have to wait for National Oyster Day to get $1 oysters at Hugo’s Frog Bar. They offer this deal seven days a week between 3 and 6pm. If you go in Sunday through Thursday you can pair it with half-priced white wine or a Vesper martini. 1024 N Rush St, 312.640.9999
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Dig into fried oysters, oysters po’boy & grilled oysters on both Friday, August 4th & Saturday, August 5th. In addition we will be doing a BONUS happy hour from 9PM-11PM on Friday and Saturday. 1962 N Halsted, 773-248-3000
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RM Champagne Salon
Enjoy a dozen fresh oysters, traditionally prepared, and a bottle of JCB No. 21 Cremant de Bourgogne for $75, a perfect compliment to these briny delicacies. 116 N Green St, 312.243.119