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Consider the oyster

Oysters on the half shell at Shaw's Crab House.

Oysters on the half shell at Shaw’s Crab House.

Shaw’s Crab House kicks off its 23rd annual “Royster with the Oyster” Festival at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10 Nightly oyster specials feature, plus an Oyster Slurping Contest, On Monday, both locations offer 50¢ raw oysters on the half shell from 3 to 6 p.m. In Schaumburg, the deal continues through Friday, Oct. 14.

Among the special events: At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Shaw’s Schaumburg with an Oyster and Beer Dinner featuring the beers of Louis Glunz Beer, Inc., $50. Next, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the River North location, Shaw’s Oyster Hall of Fame Induction Dinner honors Alex Mallidis, founder of Captain Alex Seafood, $79.

The festival culminates from 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, with the River North Tent Party, featuring oysters on the half shell provided by Maison BeauSoleil from New Brunswick, a variety of other food, beer, wine, and live music, emceed by 93XRT DJ Lin Brehmer.