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Harold's Chicken Shacks

Hyde Park
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1208 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615-4008
+1 773-752-9260
11:00 - 23:59
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Sun 11:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:59
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Morris County, New Jersey
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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I used UberEats to order the 8-piece dark chicken and fries for 8.99. Great value. My meal was still hot when the Uber driver handed it to me, so it was cooked fresh. The slices of bread at the bottom absorb the moisture, so the chicken stays nice and crispy. Hot sauce was spicy, chicken was crispy but not oily,... More 

Thank schonrosemarin
2 reviews
Reviewed 8 March 2017

I've never been a big fan of fried chicken, but I crave this day in and day out almost it seems. Pricing is also really good. I often don't go out because I can make things for the same or less at home. But with this, that's not the case. I feel like what they charge is more than fare.... More 

Thank Ray S
Las Vegas, Nevada
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2015

The best fried chicken on the planet is Harold's Chicken. Period. However, there are some tips you should know heading in. The best locations I have been to include this one (Hyde Park) and downtown (Wabash). If you're not keen on traveling to 'the hood', I would suggest not going to the 79th street location. In order to get the... More 

Thank JasonMovieGuy
1 review
Reviewed 21 November 2014

I go here all the time and I haven't been disappointed once with the food. It's superb and the sauce on the chicken is to die for (alright not literally). At times though, I would recommend they update their ways of taking orders because it's through a microphone. But nonetheless it's pretty great. I don't see what the whining is... More 

Thank blackfeet708
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2014

I like the chicken wings. The crispiness of the chicken with the breading has a distinctive and flavorful taste. I have enjoyed eating food from their take out restaurants for years.

Thank Strick S
Chicago, Illinois
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67 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2012

If you want a dish that'll make you slap your grandmama, follow the signs that feature a chef chasing a rooster with a hatchet to this superb eatery. Order a "white-half with barbecue sauce and black pepper" (or a dark or regular half, depending on your tastes), settle down and tuck into this repast. It's a deep fried half of... More 

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Reviewed 19 February 2008

The Chicken is the best.

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Reviewed 29 March 2005

I remember my first encounter with harold's chicken....no it wasn't at the shop, it was at my house as a little boy. A cadilac stops in front of the house. This car has a chicken tail on the trunk and a chicken head on the top. He drops off a bucket of chicken and leaves. As a Chicagoian, you have... More 

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Oak Forest, IL
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2005

Harold's Chicken Shacks have been around forever, and the taste is addictive! It's the closest a fast food restaurant (or any restaurant) gets to southern style, home cooked fried chicken! They have gizzards, livers, and REAL home made desserts! Some have tried to immitate, but they are unable to duplicate! You can even smell the difference between Harold's and other... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$5
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:59
11:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1208 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615-4008
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Hyde Park
  • Neighbourhood: Hyde Park
  • Phone Number: +1 773-752-9260

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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