4 Buttery Reasons to Attend Oyster Fest by Shaw’s Crab House

Whether you like mild, briny, or buttery, you can get your oyster fix and more at the Oyster Fest by Shaw's Crab House.

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Whether you prefer mild, briny, buttery, small, medium, or large, you can get your oyster fix while enjoying other bites, brews, and blues at the Oyster Fest by Shaw’s Crab House.

From summer into fall, Chicago is full of street festivals but few are held in River North. Oyster Fest by Shaw’s Crab House is one festival visitors and locals will surely walk by and be surprised by the aroma and sounds coming from the corner of Hubbard Street and Rush Street. Here are four reasons you don’t want to miss this festival.



Shaw’s Crab House will offer six different oysters on the half shell—three East Coast and three West Coast oysters. Beausoleil, Island Creek, Pemaquid, Hama Hama, Shigoku, and Hog Island Sweetwater are the oysters that will be offered at the festival. New this year is the Oyster Roast from Shaw’s Crab House’s sister restaurant Oyster Bah. The Oyster Roast, held from 3 p.m.–6 p.m., will serve up six steamed oysters with Bad Seed hot sauce, poached butter, and cocktail sauce for $20 a plate.


If you’re not an oyster fan don’t worry because Oyster Fest has other delectable dishes to enjoy. Make sure you’re hungry so you can try Alaskan king crab bites, Shrimp cocktail, smoked trout dip, tuna poke, New England lobster roll, New Orleans-style po’ boy, New England clam chowder, jambalaya, grilled swordfish tacos, and much more.

Happy Hour

Another new element to the festival this year is a happy hour from 3 p.m.–5 p.m. where you can enjoy Founder’s Brewing Co. beers and Budweiser products for $3. That is reason enough to sneak out of work on Friday. The festival will also feature bourbon and tequila cocktails along with four different wines.


With a belly fool of oysters and alcohol dance along to blues and funk groups like Bumpus, The Friends Band, Big Dog Mercer, and Breezy Rodio.

Oyster Fest by Shaw’s Crab House takes place Sept. 30 from 3 p.m.–10 p.m. at the corner of Hubbard Street and Rush Street. Tickets start at $20. For more information visit oysterfestchicago.com.

Written By Joel Mora

Joel Mora is editor at Concierge Preferred. Born and raised in Miami, Fl., Joel has slowly ate, drank, and explored his way up north refining all his senses to prepare for the stampede of delicious dining, notorious nightlife, stellar shopping, and captivating culture that calls Chicago home. In the wild he’ll be the red-bearded Cuban with a Lagunitas IPA in his hand.

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