Oysters. Shrimp. Lobster. Oh boy! Oh boy is right because on Sept. 30, Shaw’s annual Oyster Fest returns to River North and if you love seafood, blues and booze, you’ll want to be there. Now in its 28th year, Oyster Fest takes over a block-wide parking lot at the corner of Hubbard and Rush streets. More than 3,000 people are expected to attend the afternoon-into-night soiree where they’ll dive in to a variety of oysters on the half shell, tuna poke, lobster rolls, clam chowder, king crab bites and a host of more delicious crustaceans and other sea dwellers.
To amp up the fun, four blues bands will play throughout the day with Chicago’s own Bumpus, a nine-piece funk band, headlining the fest. And Founders Brewing Co. is on board as a title beer sponsor, so if you arrive between 3 and 5 p.m., you can enjoy Happy Hour with $3 beers. Tickets for the event start at $20 with food and drinks charged separately.