Chicago >Food & Dining > Harold's Chicken Shack
636 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6060541.873377 -87.626166
Monday 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM- 8:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Central, Loop
Chicago staple, but lacked in flavor on recent visit – I always get Harold's whenever I go to Taste Of Chicago. I always like getting their fried okra and wings. So when I found this location on a recent trip to the south loop I couldn't resist getting some chicken and okra. I ordered and...well...it's not that I didn't like it. I like their food, but it was bland. I had to use that cup of hot sauce (which they charge for) to add flavor to the chicken. It's almost as if they didn't add enough seasoning (or didn't at all). I ate my chicken and left. Although Harold's will be a Chicago staple, I think I'll stick to eating it at the Taste.
Harold's chicken is amazing! – This is absolutely the best fried chicken I've ever had, and I'm from Maryland, home of Perdue. I didn't realize there were many locations all over Chicago--my bus goes past the one at Wabash and Balbo so I thought I would check it out. Wow! Perfectly cooked, crunchy, not greasy, not too spicy, amazing! It comes with french fries and white bread and about 1 bite of very spicy cole slaw and either hot or mild barbeque sauce, but I would be happy with just the chicken. Potato salad is also available but unfortunately you can't substitute the potato salad for the fries. The Wabash and Balbo location has a few tables, but apparently some locations are carry out only. The Balbo location is very central to Harrison station on the red line, Columbia College, Roosevelt University, Harold Washington library, and Grant Park. Don't miss Harold's!
Still-sizzling fried chicken lines 'em up at this casual Chicago classic. – In Short
This South Side chain is as laid-back as it sounds, with little more than a counter and a few tables and booths. Hot, surprisingly greaseless fried chicken served fresh from the fryer is the specialty here; it's available dark or white, by quarter or half, and comes with fries, bread, cole slaw and Harold's fiery, addictive hot sauce. Wings are a big deal too, along with fried shrimp, livers and gizzards, and moist, flaky catfish.
Wings! – I love this chicken. I get wings with hotsauce on the side. I also love the fried livers with hotsauce and ketchup, by request. The fries are pretty good.
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