(Chicago and Schaumburg, IL)- Oysters on the half shell. Chilled Alaskan red king crab bites. Horseradish-crusted walleye. When it comes to seafood, one thing is a given: Shaw's Crab House has it going on. But what's good is about to get even better with the introduction of three new, ultra-alluring, seasonal seafood selections.

From April until November, at Shaw's Chicago location, Alaskan halibut will be available and sautéed with a lentil crust, braised white lentils, and a carrot broth ($39 for dinner) or a 10-ounce steak ($42 for dinner). Preparations and garnishes will change with the growing season.

Meanwhile, April through mid-May smelt-seekers can get their fix with a cracker-meal-crusted smelt, served atop a triangle of toast with parsley, lemon, and tartar sauce ($10 appetizer). It'll be served all day in both the Oyster Bar and dining room. In the Oyster Bar only, smelt will also appear fried on a bed of hand-cut fries with slaw and tartar sauce ($18), both day and night.

Last, but certainly not least, soft shell crab will make an appearance from May through October. Initially, the delicacy will be plucked from South Carolina, and fished northward from Virginia to Maryland as the season progresses. Look for them in sandwich form and as a two or three-crab platter with Shaw's zippy lemon butter (market price). Soft shells will also be featured from the sushi bar in Shaw's Spider Roll.

Shaw's Crab House, a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, features a 1940s-style take on the seafood dining experience, with retro leather banquettes, polished wood floors and Art Deco touches.
The Oyster Bar provides a more casual setting for diners and serves up live music five nights a week at the Chicago location and Friday and Saturday nights at the Schaumburg location. Shaw's-The King of Crab! For more info, call 312.527.2722 (Chicago) or 847.517.2722 (Schaumburg), visit the website at, tweet with The Shaw's Mermaid at or keep up on Facebook at and

21 E. Hubbard St.
                        Chicago, IL 60611

1900 E. Higgens Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173