The South may be known for fried chicken and sweet tea, but those birds are starting a northern migration and roosting in the Windy City.

In recent years, fried chicken joints began hatching all over the city. If you’ve not flocked to the food trend, here’s our guide to some of city’s best-known chicken shacks.

Bonus: All birds fall into the “one-dollar-sign” price standard, because there is no need to break the bank for some crispy chicken.

Gus's World famous

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken – West Loop, 847 West Fulton Market

The crispy bird. This Tennessee favorite landed in the West Loop, bringing one heck of a crispy coat. Fans around the city are fond of saying the crunch that comes when biting into that breaded skin keeps them coming back for more. Gus’s fry everything in peanut oil, resulting in ultimate chicken experience with none of the greasy-finger aftermath.


harolds chicken

(Photo: Sherwin C.)

Harold’s Chicken Shack – Multiple Locations

The local bird. Harold’s offers homegrown, Chicago grub – the founder told his mom he wanted to open a chicken restaurant when he grew up, and the dream is still flying high today. Dark, white or mixed –no matter what meat you choose, you should order it “fried hard with pepper” (extra-crispy with extra heat).


the roost

The Roost Carolina Kitchen  Multiple Locations

The HOT bird. Set fire to your taste buds with the Nashville hot sandwich meal — choose a side of cool slaw to tame the heat. Not into spicy? No worries! Opt for the original chicken, which you can order sandwiched on a house-made buttermilk biscuit.


honey butter chicken

Honey Butter Fried Chicken – Avondale, 3361 North Elston Avenue

The buttered Bird. Three words: Whipped. Honey. Butter. A beautiful scoop of honey-infused butter comes with everything, from straight chicken to corn muffins to every crumb of the bun hugging a sandwich.  The menu also offers a slew of sides — pimento mac and cheese to kale slaw with pomegranate seeds.


Uncle Remus

Uncle Remus Saucy Fried Chicken – Multiple Locations

The wet bird. Uncle Remus serves a thick-battered, heavily sauced chicken. It goes on heavy, mild, hot or both.


Photo by Clayton Hauck for Parson's / Longman & Eagle

Parson’s Chicken and Fish – Logan Square, 2952 W. Armitage Ave.

The patio bird. If you are looking for incredible chicken, a great seating and fantastic drinks, then this place is for you! Not only does Parson’s know how to fry up a mean chicken, the atmosphere of that patio comes second to none.



Leghorn – Multiple Locations 

The 3-step bird. Chose your cut, your spice, and then your bun. Boom. Incredible chicken sandwich done just how you like it!


*All photo’s credited to company website, except for when noted.