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676 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)
(773) 549-1773
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Ranked #625 of 8,411 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $21 - $30
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
Cuisines: Seafood
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Outdoor seating
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  • English first
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English first
Barrington, Illinois
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66 reviews 66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

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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92 reviews 92 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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Indianapolis, Indiana
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219 reviews 219 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Every time we are in Chicago, it has become a tradition to have lunch at the Half Shell. Our favorites are the salads, shrimp, frog legs, crab cakes as well as a good offering of beers. The menu features many other fish and seafood offerings. We always go for lunch as the place gets very busy in the evenings...........not a... More 

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174 reviews 174 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

You would not expect this good quality food in an underground location. But Half Shell honors it's close to 50 years in business at the same location. Fresh oysters, fantastic king crab and crab legs...... And plenty of beer..... Highly recommended.

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Chicago, Illinois
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you want good, well priced seafood in Chicago, this is the place. The portions are large and it has a divey, homegrown kinda atmosphere. It's small, so plan to wait unless it's nice out, in which case, there's a patio seating area!

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Jacksonville, FL
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168 reviews 168 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We had lunch here (warning - prices are identical to dinner) recently in search of one of our favorite Midwest fish: Yellow Lake Perch. The meal came with a generous portion of french fries and 8 nice-sized (6 inche +/-) fillets deep fried and tartar sauce. The dish was hot an flavorful, lacking only the melted butter normally seen with... More 

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Worthing, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Visited in the depths of Chicago winter so no dining al fresco. Instead you descent down steep steps to a hot and steamy bar, crowded and noisy. There appeared to be at least 4 groups of post-game football supporters, the bar area was packed. All very atmospheric and completely non-threatening. Our fellow diners seemed to want to chat to the... More 

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Additional Information about Half Shell, Inc

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