Bob Chinn’s Crab House, Wheeling
This roomy establishment in the Chicago suburbs offers “jet fresh” seafood from around the world, including Australian lobster tail and large portions of crab. Plus, it’s known for having the best service in town; 847/520-3633 or bobchinns.com.
Calumet Fisheries, Chicago
A red-roofed takeout shed on the Calumet River turns out excellent smoked fish and fresh seafood; 773/933-9855 or calumetfisheries.com.
Half Shell, Chicago
With a casual bistro vibe and outdoor seating, Half Shell serves king crab and fried catfish that get rave reviews; 773/549-1773 or half-shell chicago.com.