Where to find the city’s freshest raw bar selections

The summer sun brings a renewed interest in chilled foods, and one of the best ways to fill up while cooling off is via raw bar options and seafood towers. And luckily, Chicago is rich in both. From Maude’s and Bavette’s sophisticated presentations, to the luxe towers by RPM Steak, below a guide to the city’s most prized chilled ocean animal offerings.

6. Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

Miami export and stone crab enthusiast Joe’s goes big with The Whale, a seafood tower assortment priced $27 per person. Each human nabs one shrimp cocktail, two ounces of shrimp and scallop ceviche, two ounces of king crab and half a lobster tail. Old Bay corn chips, cocktail sauce, drawn butter and lemon wedges on the side.

8. Shaw’s Crab House

Classically-styled seafood seller Shaw’s Crab House assembles two seafood platters that serve four to five guests, one hot, one cold. The Grand Hot Shellfish Platter comes with calamari, mini Crab Cakes, fried oysters, oysters Rockefeller, Alaskan red king crab bites, and steamed lobster tails for $85. The Grand Cold Shellfish Platter is stocked with Maine lobster tails, oysters, jumbo shrimp cocktail, Alaskan red king crab bites, and blue crab fingers for $90.

9. RPM Steak

Surf and turf staple RPM Steak’s Grand Seafood Platter is one to behold. For $155 patrons nab a two-tier silver tower with a half dozen oysters plus mignonette (currently serving Clevedon Coast oysters), tiger prawns, half a pound of Alaskan King Crab legs, and a whole lobster. The kit and caboodle comes with drawn butter, classic cocktail sauce, and wasabi-mustard mayo. Protip: A smaller lunch version is offered Monday through Friday for $78.