Located at

Hubbard & Rush


September 30th


The 28th Annual Oyster Fest Presented by Shaw's Crab House Combines Seafood and Live Music in Downtown Chicago

River North’s Original Oyster Fest Offers Oysters, Seafood, Blues, and More on Friday, September 30, 2016

(Chicago, IL) – Oyster Fest Presented by Shaw’s Crab House returns to Chicago on Friday, September 30, 2016 for its 28th year. More than 3,000 guests are expected to descend upon the corner of Hubbard St. and Rush St. from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. for live music from four local blues bands including headliner, Bumpus, and fresh seafood from Chicago’s own Shaw’s Crab House.

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Tickets Available at the Door!

New This Year!

Oyster Roast hosted by Oyster Bah: Shaw’s sister restaurant Oyster Bah is serving up six steamed oysters with all the fixings (think Bad Seed hot sauce, poached butter and cocktail sauce) right on festival grounds all for $20 per plate.

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The Food and Drinks

Curated by Shaw’s Crab House, Oyster Fest will feature the best in fresh seafood, including six varieties of oysters on the half shell (three West coast and three East Coast) from some of the best growers around the country. Other dishes on the day’s menu include long-time Oyster Festival favorites like King Crab Bites, Lobster Rolls, Clam Chowder, Fish Tacos, and more!

Click here to download a PDF of the menu.

This year, Oyster Fest is excited to announce a partnership with Founder’s Brewing Co., a brewery based in Grand Rapids, Michigan known for their hugely aromatic and flavorful beers like their All Day IPA and KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout). Additionally, the fest will be serving up two cocktails featuring bourbon and tequila and four delicious wines (sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir, and sparkling wine/rose).

Just added! 3-5 pm happy hour with $3 Founder beers along with Budweiser products!

The Music

Chicago is truly the blues capital of the world and to celebrate that tradition, Shaw’s Crab House has invited an exciting lineup of four local blues bands-- regulars at The House of Blues, Kingston Mines, Buddy Guy’s and Shaw’s Oyster Bar-- to provide continuous music throughout the evening. Emceed by 93XRT’s Lin Brehmer, the day’s bands include:

  • The Friends Band, the friendliest band in town with a fun dance style- 3 to 4 p.m.
  • Big Dog Mercer, the owner of one soulful voice and winner of the 2015 Kankakee Valley Music Awards Best Blues Band- 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Breezy Rodio, an up-and-coming bluesman with impressive guitar skills and disciple of the famed Linsey Alexander - 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • And headliner, Bumpus, a nine-piece funk band that’s gotten great reviews from the Chicago Reader, Tribune, and Sun-Times and has opened for bands like The Roots and The Wailers- 8:15 to 9:30 p.m.
  • And don’t forget the night’s Oyster Slurp-Off Grand Finale where one competitor walks away the 2016 champ and the Oyster Hall of Fame Inductee celebration from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m.

Tickets will be sold in the following tiers:

  • General admission ($20) - festival admission
  • VIP admission ($50) - festival admission, table & waiter service, access to full liquor cash bar, clear sightline/ up close to the stage, and access to luxury running water trailer bathrooms.

Kids 12 and under are free and as always, all food and beverage are additional and can be purchased by buying Oyster Bucks at the festival. Following the fest, Shaw’s Chicago will host an Oyster Fest after party with live music until 1 a.m.

About Shaw’s Crab House

Shaw’s Crab House, a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, features a 1940s-style take on the seafood dining experience, with retro leather banquettes, polished wood floors and Art Deco touches. The Oyster Bar provides a more casual setting for diners and serves up live music five nights a week paired with Chicago’s widest array of East and West Coast oysters. For more info, call 312.527.2722 (Chicago) or 847.517.2722 (Schaumburg) or visit the website at www.shawscrabhouse.com.

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Shaw's In-House Events

Chablis Dinner with William Fevre & Friends

We are thrilled to kick off Oyster Fest week with an absolutely gorgeous dinner with wine pairings from our friends at William Fevre and their sister vineyards.

Seats are $75 per guest (plus tax and gratuity). Call 312-527-2722 to book your reservation. Credit card required. Limited space.

Founders Beer Dinner with Dave Engbers

An epic beer dinner with an epic brewery. We are so excited to partner with our 2016 Oyster Fest beer sponsor for this fantastic dinner during the week's festivities in the restaurant. Special guest and co-founder Dave Engbers will join us for an evening of beer, good food and great conversation.

$75 per seat. Tax and gratuity additional. Call 312-527-2722 for reservations. Limited seating.

An Evening with Rowan Jacobsen

It is always a pleasure to have Rowan in the house. We are truly honored to be hosting his exclusive pre-release book party in Shaw's Oyster Bar. He couldn't think of a better place.

Join us from 5-7 pm to meet Rowan, get some fantastic oyster education and signed book, oysters and custom cocktails from our bartender friends around the city made especially for this evening.

$75 per person plus tax and gratuity. It's gonna be the best pre-party for Oyster Fest yet. Call 312-527-2722 to book a spot. Limited availability.

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The Friends Band

Big Dog Mercer

Breezy Rodio


We are very excited to be partnering with our oyster friends again in 2016. Grower announcements coming! Join the newsletter to stay in the loop!

Craft Beer

We are very excited to be partnering with Founder's Brewing 2016!

Just added! 3-5 pm happy hour with $3 Founder beers along with Budweiser products!


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