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Harold's Chicken Shacks

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2111 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60616-1710
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Dining options: Takeout

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Great Fried Chicken

Although the outside of this establishment isn't much to look at the food is quite good. You order at the counter and each item is cooked to order. There are plenty of options and there is a steady stream of customers. I eat fried chicken anytime I get the chance and this place surprised me. It... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 10, 2015
New Canaan, Connecticut
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Vineland, New Jersey
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

So much more than I expected! Amazing fried chicken, freshly prepared and not greasy at all! This was a great spot for a quick and affordable lunch. My companions also enjoyed the catfish nuggets and the catfish sandwich.

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New Canaan, Connecticut
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83 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Although the outside of this establishment isn't much to look at the food is quite good. You order at the counter and each item is cooked to order. There are plenty of options and there is a steady stream of customers. I eat fried chicken anytime I get the chance and this place surprised me. It may not be the... More 

Thank Univax
Flint, Michigan
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Short wait for some of the best, if not the best chicken I have ever had! GREAT GREAT GREAT! Location was nice and clean, as well as safe and relatively close to downtown. Lots of shopping and colleges, universities nearby. Awesome! Love their mild sauce, as well as hot!

Thank amrag44
Maui, Hawaii
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My doctor, of all people, recommended I try this place. Hardened arteries be darned, this place serves up some delicious fried chicken.

Thank Bububear
Saint Louis
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

I go to Chicago a number of times a year and usually make it to Harold's for fried chicken. Fried chicken is one of my favorite foods and Harold's is good enough to go back repeatedly. The restaurant itself is very run down, however, the serivice is always friendly and the chicken comes as quickly as they are able to... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

It was okay, but I didn't see what was so special about it. I ordered the 7 wings, mild, with salt and pepper (comes with 7 whole wings fried, french fries a slice of white bread, and a medicine cup serving of cole slaw). I guess I am not use to all of my food thrown in one container with... More 

Thank yayatraveldiva
St. Louis
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

We needed a light meal after getting into Chicago and heard this was a pretty good place. YES IT IS. Good fried chicken and fries. They have an extensive menu of chicken, fish, and many iconic Chicago items, but their chicken is what most everyone goes in for. Nothing fancy but they don't pretend to be anything other than what... More 

Thank MoBiker
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Not the healthiest meal, but after a long day, I was starving and it hit the spot. It was only about a 4 block walk from the Hyatt, so working off the calories was a plus!

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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

An independent chain of fast food restaurants serving excellent fried Chicken with hot sauce - I prefer my sauce on the side. With food this good why would anyone want to frequent the nearby KFC ?? Not really a destination place to eat rather a great place to pick up food to go.

Thank cdab
North Carolina
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

Never disappoints. My husband is a native of Chicago & declared that if he got nothing else, he wanted Harold's chicken complete with sauce and white bread. We got to buckets and a loaf of bread with extra sauce and it was finger licking good. We even got some to bring back to NC. It only lasted a day and... More 

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Restaurant Details

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  • Address: 2111 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60616-1710
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > South Loop
  • Neighborhood: South Loop
  • Phone Number: 17732243314


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Staying in South Loop

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South Loop
This downtown neighborhood offers a variety of activities ranging from cultural to sporting. If you happen to visit during football season, you may bump into a boisterous few fans on their way to a Bears game on the southernmost tip of South Loop. On the flip side, Museum Campus offers cultural and educational experiences in its planetarium, museum and aquarium, all situated along the lakefront. Grant Park is one of Chicago’s premier locations for green space and recreation with views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Take a stroll down memory lane in the historic Prairie District where you can enjoy views of old historic homes. Restaurants, theaters, and clubs are spread throughout the neighborhood along with a collection of burger joints along Michigan Avenue just across from the park.