Shaw’s Crab House Chicago and Shaw’s Crab House Schaumburg are celebrating the 30th “Pearl” Anniversary of Oyster Fest from October 4 – October 12 and you’re invited! Think: A week-long celebration honoring our favorite bivalve, the oyster! From oyster happy hours, pop-up .50 cent oyster hours, special menus, slurp-off competitions, live music and lots more, we’re here to help you plan the best shuckin’ Oyster Fest Week ever. Did we mention we are also giving a lucky guest a chance to win free oysters for a year?? Click here to enter for a chance to win oysters for a year.

Here’s your guide on how to Oyster Fest, we can’t wait to celebrate with you!

What’s Happening All Oyster Fest-Long?: Happy Hours, Oyster-Centric Menus and Live Blues Music!

Shaw's Chicago Interior Environment

If you like a good deal, follow along for: Shaw’s is offering surprise .50 cent oyster hours that will be announced exclusively via the social media channels so make sure you are following along (@shawsoysterfest) and (@shellyfromshaws)! 

If you like to try new things, nosh on: Shaw’s special oyster-centric menu, including Blue Crab Stuffed Oysters, Fried & Grilled Oysters, Po’boys and more all while jamming out in the Shaw’s Chicago Oyster Bar for live blues music from 7 PM – 10 PM. Click here to check out the full oyster-centric menu. Click here to view the full band line-up.


Here are the special events happening throughout the week!


October 4

Shaw's Beer

If you love craft beer, you should go to: Oyster Beer Company’s Kick-Off Tap Party
There’s a new brew in the house! On October 4, Shaw’s is hosting a tap party to introduce the OB Tripel, a Belgian Tripel that was created in collaboration with Oyster Beer Co. and specially designed to pair with oysters. The OB Tripel is the creation of Lettuce Entertain You’s own Phil Stubstad. This new brew is available for half off from 4 PM – 10 PM at both Shaw’s Chicago and Shaw’s Schaumburg. Click here to find out more information about the OB Tripel Beer.

October 6 and October 7

Shaw's brunch buffet overhead shot of different offeings: ham, sushi, oysters, seafood, and more

If brunch is your favorite meal of the day, you should visit: BOGO Brunch
On October 6 and October 7 dine at Shaw’s signature seafood brunch buffet and get your next brunch there for just $30 (Gift card restrictions apply).  Click here to see Shaw’s Chicago brunch menu. Click here to make your reservation at Shaw’s Chicago Brunch. Click here to make your reservation at Shaw’s Schaumburg Brunch.

October 7

Oyster Fest Grilling

If you’re a fried chicken fanatic, you should come to: Oyster Roast & Fried Chicken Dinner
Featuring a special menu of roasted oysters, fried, chicken, comfort sides, you will learn how to shuck an oyster and get a hot sauce demo from the hot sauce master himself, Donny Farrell, Executive Chef at Oyster Bah and creator of Four Letter Hot Sauce. The dinner is $49 per guest, which includes two beverages. Click here to purchase tickets to the Oyster Roast and Fried Chicken Dinner.

October 8 – October 11

Oyster Fest sampler

If you like to win, you should compete in the: Slurp-Off Competition
For the past three decades Shaw’s has been hosting the slurp-off contest. First to slurp up a dozen oysters with their hands behind their back wins! The competition starts at Shaw’s Chicago from October 8 – 10 and the two finalists from the slurp-offs will continue on to the Final Slurp-Off on Thursday, October 11. The winner will receive a one-night stay at “Pearl in the Park,” a luxury Lincoln Park apartment, dinner for two at Shaw’s Crab House Chicago (up to $250 value), brunch for two at Oyster Bah, and two tickets to the Art Institute of Chicago. To sign up for the 30th Annual Oyster Fest slurp off competition, call 312-527-2722.

October 10

Shaw's Oysters on a plate

If you are eco-friendly, you should go to: Shedd Aquarium and Shaw’s Sustainable Dinner
This special five-course dinner of sustainable seafood highlights Shaw’s longstanding relationships with purveyors with a portion of the proceeds donated to Shedd Aquarium’s conservation efforts. The dinner starts at 6 PM and is $95 per person Click here to purchase tickets to the Shedd Aquarium & Shaw’s Sustainable Dinner.


Follow @shawsoysterfest to stay updated on all event details happenings and check out the full calendar of events here. For more information on Shaw’s, visit us at or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and the Shaw’s mobile club!