In Chicago, seafood restaurants might not be the most obvious dining destinations, even though they’re located in an area that’s been nicknamed the Third Coast. Despite the distance from the ocean, some of the best restaurants in Chicago serve freshly shucked oysters, tender lobster flown in from the East, and flaky whole branzino. In Chicago, seafood come in many forms—sometimes disguised as something else entirely. There’s the old-school oyster bar at Shaw’s Crab House, devastatingly fresh sushi at Iron Chef Morimoto’s Japonais, or the glorious cioppino at Riva, all certain to satisfy those hankering for oceanic fare.

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