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Half Shell

#482 of 7,673 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Lincoln Park
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676 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614
+1 773-549-1773
11:30 - 00:00
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Sun 12:00 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 23:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:30
Sat 11:30 - 00:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

I have been coming here for about 27 years. This little casual "joint" is consistently amazing! It has colored lights up you're around the freshest seafood you can buy at alarmingly reasonable prices. The shrimp is colossal as are the crab legs and perfectly fresh, The menu is a huge assortment of very inexpensively priced very very high quality seafood.... More 

Thank Jeanette S
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134 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

I have been here twice and the food is always good. The jumbo fried shrimp is tasty and you get a load of food. Be awarw, cash only. Guys, remove your hats before entering.

Thank mauiwaves
Hillsboro, Illinois
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99 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

This is one of those small basement cafe/bars you might walk past but you really need to try. They have a limited seafood menu but everything is fresh and tasty. Try the bluepoint oysters and/or the crab leg plate along with a cold Heiniken on tap. Excellent!!

Thank Golfer010_11
Morristown, Tennessee
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61 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Visited this quaint restaurant which was established in 1969. Very small bar with local appeal. We had oysters on the half shell and the fried perch. All was good.

Thank Kyojin42
Colfax Wi
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114 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

A friend ssid this was his favorite restaurant! Visiting Chicago for my birthday, it was right on our walking route to the zoo. Had to check it out. A little confused, we had to walk downstairs to get to it. Remember if you go, "gentlemen remove their hats"... My guess it's for the secuity cams as THEY ONLY ACCEPT CASH!... More 

Thank John G
Chicago, Illinois
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I've been going to the Half Shell for many years. It's always great food and a fun atmosphere. The ice cold Heineken on tap goes so well with crab legs, fries and lollipop. Although you may have reservations about going downstairs into a basement to eat, it's really a treat - that's why there's always a wait. Try the sashimi... More 

Thank mitzalina
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Although the ambiance is hard to find, the crab is not! Felt like we were in hideaway bar during prohibition, in the basement, dark, cash only. But you won't regret the king crab legs!! They were huge (approx. 1 pound per serving) served with a garlic butter & thin fries.

Thank 1BagTravel
Chicago, Illinois
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100 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

A Chicago institution. Great crab legs at a reasonable price in a quaint space. Service is simple and efficient. Good bar selection. Come casual, ask for the specials and don't forget cash. They do not accept credit cards.

Thank jim590
Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

On a quest to find the top 20 most Beloved Chicago Institutions - This is in the top 10 ! - Seafood served in an authentic Chicago's 1968 version of a coastal town local hangout. This basement dive bar is packed beyond capacity with people who wait a long time to get in for the King Crab lets and pitchers... More 

Thank travel_Kate1000
Chicago, Illinois
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100 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

What a great place. Total dive bar and you would never expect the delicious seafood they serve up. Been going here for years and it's always been great. The only downfall is the butter. It's decent but it's not your typical clarified butter. Don't get me wrong though, the crab legs are so good they don't need butter. Also try... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
American, Seafood, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 676 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Lincoln Park
  • Neighbourhood: Lincoln Park
  • Phone Number: +1 773-549-1773

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Staying in Lincoln Park

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Lincoln Park
Head to the North Side of Chicago for a stroll through one of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. Lincoln Park boasts over 1200 acres of green space complete with a free zoo open to visitors year-round. This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is lined with parks, row homes, boutiques, taverns, and nature. Lincoln Park itself borders the lakefront area offering peaceful views of the water and the Chicago skyline. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is one of the most popular attractions in the area, with the Chicago History Museum a close second. Armitage Avenue is where you’ll find great shopping from high-end retailers and small boutiques, whereas Clark Street houses cafes and restaurants. For more highbrow entertainment, walk along Lincoln Avenue to find some of Chicago’s finer museums and theaters.
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