Summertime, and the living is… not so easy. It seems like we could all use an excuse to cast our 2020 troubles aside for a few moments and focus on the finer things in life — namely oysters, preferably served raw and paired with a crisp lager or glass of bubbly. Here are a few fantastic places ready to help you pamper your inner self-care queen without endangering your health or the health of others. Just remember — if you plan on dining in, try to reserve your table ahead of time and, for crying out loud, wear a mask, Chicago.

Quality Crab and Oyster Bah 

Lincoln Park
This Lincoln Park crab shack gets their fish flown in daily, ensuring that each delicate oyster lands on your plate as sparkling fresh as the day it was scooped up from the sea floor. And while you’re welcome to reserve a socially distanced spot at the “bah” to partake, you can also enjoy these palate pleasers from the comfort and safety of your sundrenched back deck by taking advantage of the spot’s speedy take-out and delivery service or by loading up in-person at their new and improved Saturday Seafood Market.

RPM Seafood

River North
The latest addition to the Lettuce Entertain You’s sophisticated RPM fleet, this fish-focused enterprise perches along the scenic Chicago River and serves up a bounty of crudo, tartare, and yes, jaw-dropping seafood towers to sunbathing patio partiers by reservation only. Go big with cascading tiers overflowing with prawns, Maine lobster, Alaskan king crab legs, and raw oysters or roll solo with chilled oysters on the half shell decked out with game-changing yuzu granita.