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Slurp & Shuck on National Oyster Day

National Oyster Day is Aug. 5

Oysters may not be everyone’s favorite, but if you’re into these delicious bivalves, you’re gonna freak out on August 5: National Oyster Day! Restaurants and oyster bars around Chicago are gearing up to shuck loads of oysters and serve them up on the half shell and also in inventive preparations. The best part: many are dropping prices for the day. Here’s just a sampling of where you can find excellent oysters around Chicago on National Oyster Day.

GT Fish & Oyster: Mosey up to the oyster bar for half-priced bivalves all day at chef Giuseppe Tentori’s seafood palace. 531 N. Wells

Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House: Under new chef Russell Kook, Hugo’s will have $1 oysters all day au natural or served in a few different styles like Moscow with trout roe and crème fraiche or fried oysters with Calabrian chile and lemon. 1024 N. Rush

The Dearborn: Former Top Chef contestant Aaron Cuschieri will shuck ’em up all day for $1 between 11 a.m. and midnight. 145 N. Dearborn

RM Champagne Salon: You want options? Here you can go low with oyster shooters (gin with cucumber, mint and lime; tomato juice, Tabasco and vodka; or Champagne with shallot and lemon) for $6 each or all three for $15 or go the high end with a dozen oysters on the half shell with a bottle of Francois Montand Crement du Jure sparkling rose for $55. 116 N. Green

Pearl Tavern: The opening ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics coincide with National Oyster Day so Pearl Tavern is offering a variety of oysters highlighting flavors of different competing countries in a celebration on its riverfront patio. Expect dishes like smoked oyster guacamole (Mexico), grilled oysters with fennel butter and candied lemon (France), oysters with Bolognese (Italy) and straight-up shucked and fresh (USA). 180 N. Upper Wacker

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