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Shucking and Slurping at Oyster Fest

A crowd gathered in River North on Friday night to dine on bivalves, hear Buddy Guy, and, of course, drink a few beers.

Photo: Peter Ranvestel

Although the days of the sun-drenched street fest season are behind us, Shaw’s Oyster Fest proved to be one hot ticket on Friday night.

A shoulder-to-shoulder crowd packed the River North shindig not only for the chance to slurp oysters and Goose Island beer, but to see the illustrious bluesman Buddy Guy. Guy was battling a cold, but that didn’t seem to faze the local legend, who dropped the F-bomb and restarted “Hoochie Coochie Man” after he determined the crowed wasn’t singing along loudly enough.

The evening was a bit nippy, but as some drunk guy in the crowd proclaimed, it was “A Chicago night—drinking outside in October and partying.”

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