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676 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 549-1773
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Today
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
For me the best crabs

I really love their crabs and French fries because of them my fav appetizer are salty edemame. Love to go and get chamapigne and good crabs sitting outside and enjoy the weather

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
Desert G
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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292 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I really love their crabs and French fries because of them my fav appetizer are salty edemame. Love to go and get chamapigne and good crabs sitting outside and enjoy the weather

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The food was amazing!! I ordered the fried shrimp for app. Lightly fried with amazing sauces, King crab app was also awesome. Be prepared to take plenty left on your plate. Portions are shareable. King Crab legs were fresh and sweet. Broiled shrimp was meaty and succulent. Bartenders are awesome. Ask for Anthony. Had a great time with my sisters... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Fantastic oysters and calamari. Cheap drinks and CASH only. Second time here and nothing has changed and hope nothing does. Snow crab and filet is great as well.

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Machesney Park, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

First off, this is CASH ONLY. It is a bar with some tables. Located under the steps of an apartment building. See the bartender when you walk in if you want a table. This is a VERY informal place, It is more of a local landmark. The King Crab Legs are huge. it was $37.00 for the legs and worh... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

This is a gem of a Chicago secret. If you don't know what you are looking for you would walk right past it. The Half Shell has been around since 1968 and it's the perfect little dive with amazing seafood. The Half Shell located on a corner in the Lincoln Park neighborhood is nestled below street level. You enter downstairs... More 

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Barrington, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I ducked in for a quick dinner at Half Shell on a week night, and was pleasantly surprised to be seated immediately and served quickly. The dining room looks like it was imported from Boston in the 1960's. Shabby sheek with lots of memorabilia contributing to a seafood vibe. I ordered calimari, and a large portion came out hot with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

If you want really sweet crab legs at a great price in a funky relaxed very small atmosphere this is the place. Service isn't 5 star but fun place. Cash only. You won't regret it.

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Plainfield, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

I know I've reviewed this restaurant before, but I feel compelled to sing its praises every time we go there. We live 35 miles away in the suburbs, and today, my wife and I drove in just to have lunch there with her sister and brother-in-law. We are longtime repeat customers and look forward to continue going back. We arrived... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

If you are looking for a place that has amazing crab legs you have to go here. It's in Lincoln Park. It looks like a complete dive but is a great place to eat, drink and enjoy! Great atmosphere just to hang out with friends, not fancy at all. I am a "local" and would highly recommend! Prices are typical... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

If there is one place that has great king crab legs and doesn't steal your wallet during the process, its Half Shell. I love this place when its warm out and you can score a table outdoors on the patio. The inside of the place looks like a dive, but it's well known locally to have some great food. I... More 

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Additional Information about Half Shell

Address: 676 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614
Phone Number: (773) 549-1773
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 676 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: (773) 549-1773

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 12:00 am

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