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Chicago's 19 Best Oyster Bars

Anjali Pinto

The difference between the pretty okay-est Chicago oyster bars and the BEST Chicago oyster bars? One has oysters, and one has cheap oysters. These are those latter ones, 19 spots shucking deliciously wallet-friendly bivalves.
 

Shaw's Crab House

River North
Score half-priced oysters daily between 4-6pm at this Lettuce Entertain You seafood haven. Offerings usually include a variety of both East and West Coast bivalves and are best washed down with... more oysters, specifically the aquavit-based Oyster Shooter cocktail.
 

Paramount Room

West Loop
Devour as many fresh $1 mollusks as you can handle every day from 3-6pm at this Michelin Bib-Gourmand recipient.
 

Frontier

West Town
If pre-gaming a whole animal feast with $1 oysters on Mondays at Frontier is wrong, you don’t want to be right.
 

Trellis

Lincoln Park
Every Tuesday through Saturday, this casual wine bar offers a $1.50-per-oyster happy hour deal between 5-6:30pm.

Sink | Swim

Logan Square
Enjoy a seafaring nightcap courtesy of the Scofflaw team’s new nautical resto: $1 oysters every Sunday through Thursday from 10pm to midnight.
 

Calumet Fisheries

Calumet Heights
Head South for ultra-affordable oysters every day of the week at this fabled family-owned seafood institution. A half-order will run you a cool $6.60, or $12.35 for a full.
 

Pops for Champagne

River North
If you can’t decide which you prefer -- poppin’ bottles or poppin’ $1 oysters -- why not decide on BOTH at this happy hour favorite? Hit them up on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-7pm.

The Bedford

Wicker Park
Who can say no to exclusively priced aphrodisiacs served in a bank-vault-turned-lounge? No one can, that's who. Every Thursday, The Bedford offers $1 oysters and half-off bubbly.
 

RM Champagne Salon

West Loop
This sexy spot is prime for alfresco Champagne sipping and $1 East and West Coast oyster consumption on Tuesdays from 5-8pm.
 

Roka Akor

River North
Order $1 oysters in the bar/lounge area only on Tuesdays at this upscale Japanese steakhouse.

Chop Shop

Wicker Park
On Wednesdays, Chop Shop does $1 oysters from 5-7pm. Also on Wednesdays: $5 wine flows all day long.
 

Webster Wine Bar

Logan Square
Hit this neighborhood-y bar on Sundays anytime between 3-10pm for dollar oysters and plenty of wine.
 

Devon Seafood Grill

River North
Take advantage of a double-dose of buck-a-shuck East Coast oysters during Devon’s two (!) oyster happy hours: 4-7pm and 9-10pm Monday through Friday, and 4-10pm on Sundays.

Dusek's

Pilsen
Pretend it’s still the weekend (at least between the hours of 5-7pm every Monday) at this neighborhood gem’s weekly $1 oyster happy hour.
 

Hubbard Inn

River North
Indulge in $1 oysters on the half, $2 king crab legs, $2 scallop crudo, and more, Tuesdays through Fridays during Hubbard Inn’s $2 raw bar happy hour, which runs from 4-7pm.

Vera

West Loop
Slurp a case of the Mondays away with Vera’s six-for-$6 Mondays-only oyster deal and a dry Fino Sherry aperitif. Because you deserve it.
 

La Sardine

Greektown
This date-night approved French bistro is just the place to take a special someone out for wine and $1 oysters. The catch? They’re only available on Fridays at the bar.
 

Union Sushi + Barbecue Bar

River North
Join this popular sushi stop for $1 oysters offered between 5-6:30pm every day of the week. Still hungry? The happy-hour-only $2.50 beef filet skewers and $4 shrimp tempura rolls are killer deals, too.

Tortoise Club

River North
Buck-a-shuck oysters and $1 shrimp abound at this State St establishment every weekday between 4:30-6:30pm. And if you’re lucky, you’ll even catch live jazz playing in the lounge.

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Kailley Lindman is a contributing writer for Thrillist Chicago, as well as a food blogger, bacon enthusiast, and devout user of the Oxford comma. Follow her at @KailleysKitchen.