Many Christians mark Lent, the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter, by avoiding eating meat altogether or by abstaining on Fridays, leading to an abundance of vegetarian and fish-focused specials and menus meant to provide a delicious alternative. No matter your tradition, you can enjoy the offerings at these 14 spots.
435 N. Clark St., 312-610-4200
The Near North restaurant uses Moody Tongue’s Bub City Gold for beer-battered crispy fried haddock served with waffle fries and tartar sauce for $14.95 on Fridays.
Shaw’s Crab House
21 E. Hubbard St., 312-527-2722
Try fish fry styles from around the country, including an East Coast fish fry featuring oysters, clams, calamari, slaw and fries, and a Cajun version featuring blackened redfish with crawfish sauce, red beans and rice, fried sweet corn, and jalapeño hush puppies. Whatever you choose, the $25 Friday lunch menu includes a cup of New England-style clam chowder and a mini-slice of key lime pie.