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Half Shell, Inc

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Lincoln Park
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676 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 549-1773
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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
Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Outdoor seating

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  • 26
    Excellent
  • 16
    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
Most recent review
It's a dive with excellent crab legs

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
Robert Z
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Machesney Park, Illinois
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Outdoor seating
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46 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Machesney Park, Illinois
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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102 reviews 102 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
Top Contributor
279 reviews 279 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 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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Top Contributor
178 reviews 178 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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
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13 reviews 13 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Outdoor seating
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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