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My Quest for the Elusive Fish Fry

Lenten season means the return of the traditional, friendly fish fry. Good luck finding one.

The traditional Friday fish fry is merely a myth. At least around here.

That's what I discovered while trying to compile a handy, interactive map pointing readers to times and places for local fish frys.

We called many of the area's Catholic parishes, only to find out that while most parishes host "Stations of the Cross" ceremonies, and maybe serve parishioners a small meal before the ceremonies, the full-blown neighborhood fish fry simply doesn't exist in Oak Park and River Forest.

Which is too bad, because I have visions of breaded shrimp and perch plates, cheap beers, take-out orders, kindly old ladies in aprons and live music. Maybe a polka dance or two.

Anyway, the closest we could find requires a short ride up Austin Boulevard to Chicago's St. Ferdinand Church. Here's their schedule, menu and entertainment roster.

Happy Friday.

James March 03, 2012 at 03:11 PM
not church sponsored but the north riverside VFW on Des Plaines Ave has a traditional Friday night fish Fry
Gary Cole March 03, 2012 at 04:15 PM
You want religion then go to church. You want fried fish then go to Big & Little at 860 N. Orleans, Chicago, Il. 60610. You then have the best of both worlds. Awesome!
Casey Cora (Editor) March 05, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Thanks for the information, guys.

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