Shaw’s Oyster Fest 2015 in Chicago

WHERE: Hubbard and Rush

“Oyster Fest brings together live music, craft beer, fresh seafood and a variety of East and West Coast Oysters from some of the most renowned seafood restaurants and iconic oyster houses from around the country. Shaw’s is inviting a line-up of seafood restaurants from around the country to dish out fresh fare to the more than 6,000 guests. These celebrated institutions will be serving both their favorite oysters from their region on the half shell as well as a specialty dish of the house.”

For more info:

Friday, September 11th

To purchase tickets click here.

General admission includes entry only. Free for kids 12 and under.

Food and beverage tickets can be purchased with cash.

Event Schedule

  • 9/7: Oyster Monday Kickoff Party
  • ALL WEEK: Selected Half Price Oysters | Live Music 7-10PM (Chicago only)
  • NIGHTLY: Oyster Slurp-off at 6PM (registration starts Monday 9/7 – sign up at the restaurant)
  • 9/11: Oyster Fest with St. Lucia
  • 10PM: After Party at Shaw’s Chicago Oyster Bar

Bubbles & Brine


Oyster Fest will partner with SAVEUR Magazine and Moet & Chandon Champagne to host Bubbles & Brine, an inaugural VIP experience showcasing all-you-can-eat boutique oyster and champagne. The soiree will be co-hosted by SAVEUR editor-in-chief, Adam Sachs and Chef/ Partner Doug Psaltis. $25 per person, in addition to your admission ticket.

King Crab Cafe

The King Crab Cafe ticket includes access to an exclusive raw bar, cash bar (presented by Grey Goose), & wait service $25 per person, in addition to your admission ticket.


Stay tuned for details! Sign up here to stay in the loop!

  • 3:15-4PM – Omar Coleman
  • 4:30-5:15PM – Big Dog Mercer
  • 5:45-6:15PM – Goldhouse
  • 6:45-7:15PM – Photocomfort
  • 7:45-8PM – Oyster Slurp Off
  • 8PM – St. Lucia

St. Lucia – Music Headliner

Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Jean-Philip Grobler grew up performing with the Drakensberg Boys Choir School, learning everything from Bach to minimalist opera. St. Lucia was born out of a moment in early 2010 when Grobler was looking to the past for inspiration. Growing frustrated with a rock project that was starting to feel forced, he delved back into the music that had first inspired him: Fleetwood Mac, Peter Gabriel, Madonna and other songs from his youth.

When The Night, the synth-pop outfit’s full-length, expands upon St. Lucia’s unique brand of dreamy, nostalgic pop. The band recently embarked on a headline tour of the US, selling out all 23 shows (including 4 shows in New York City). And this spring, St. Lucia will serve as direct support on Foster The People’s April/May tour.

Grobler remains heavily involved in projects outside of St. Lucia, serving as producer for the debut album by Brooklyn-based labelmates HAERTS, remixing songs for bands including Passion Pit, Foster the People and Charli XCX, and collaborating with DJs ranging from The Knocks to RAC. St. Lucia has recently toured with Ellie Goulding and Charli XCX, performed at festivals including Lollapalooza, Governors Ball and Firefly, not to mention shared stages with fun., Two Door Cinema Club, Young The Giant, The Shins and more.

Click here to purchase tickets to Shaw’s Oyster Fest Block Party with St. Lucia.

Participating Restaurants

  • Shaw’s Crab House

    Chicago, IL

  • Luke’s Lobster

    New York

  • The Publican

    Chicago, IL

  • Notkins Oyster Bar

    Montreal, Canada

  • Harbor House

    Milwaukee, WI

  • The Optimist

    Atlanta, GA

  • Drago’s Seafood Restaurant

    New Orleans, LA

  • Bub City

    Chicago, IL

  • Summer House

    Chicago, IL

  • Shake Shack

    Chicago, IL


    • Taylor Shellfish

      Shelton, WA

    • Naked Cowboy Shellfish

      West Sayville, NY

    • Hog Island

      San Francisco, CA

    • Hama Hama

      Lilliwaup, WA

    • Montauk

      New Brunswick, Canada

    • Standish Shore

      Duxbury, MA


Craft Beer

  • Goose Island

    Chicago, IL

  • Founders

    Grand Rapids, MI

  • Bells

    Kalamazoo, MI

  • Ale Syndicate

    Chicago, IL

  • Moody Tongue

    Chicago, IL

  • Ommegang

    New York

  • Local Option

    Chicago, IL

Friday September 26, 2014

The 26th annual Oyster Fest Block party offers attendees the chance to enjoy the freshest oysters on the half shell and boat-loads of delicious food provided by Shaw’s Crab House, ice cold beer from Goose Island, wine, and live music!

To purchase tickets click here.

General admission includes entry only. Free for kids 12 and under.

VIP ($75) gives raised stage view, cash cocktail bar and private bathrooms.

Event Schedule

  • NIGHTLY: OYSTER SLURP-OFF AT 6PM (registration starts Monday 9/8 – sign up at the restaurant)

Brett Dennen – Music Headliner

Youthful West Coast singer/songwriter Brett Dennen, with a fragile, high-pitched voice that makes him sound at times like a cross between Tracy Chapman and Neil Young, first drew attention in 2004 with the single “Desert Sunrise.” The tune, with its easy groove and soulful phrasing, garnered enough spins on KCRW to warrant the release of his self-titled debut the following year.

In 2006, Dennen signed with Dualtone and released “So Much More.” “Hope for the Hopeless” followed on the same imprint in 2008. Dennen’s fourth studio effort, “Loverboy,” which featured subtle African rhythms and more of a pop veneer, arrived in April 2011, followed in 2013 by the sparser acoustic-based “Smoke and Mirrors.”

“It was time to get back to basics,” Brett Dennen says of his fifth record, Smoke & Mirrors, released October 22, 2013. “I wanted to return to the folk and acoustic music I loved when I began writing. I decided to tap into my memories and explore new emotional territory as honestly as I could.”

To purchase tickets to Shaw’s Oyster Fest Block Party with Brett Dennen click here.


Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @

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