40 Friday Fish Fry Events for 2024, from Local VFWs and Churches to Favorite Seafood Specials

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It’s Friday fish fry season in Chicagoland! Whether you are looking to dine in or carry out, this list “reels” in all the fish fry events in Chicago’s western and northwestern suburbs.

Abstaining from eating meat on Fridays is a popular tradition during the Christian season of Lent, particularly for Catholics. But the tradition of a Friday night fish fry is popular with Midwesterners in the spring no matter their religious background. Lucky for us, local restaurants, VFWs, and churches host delicious fish fry events during this time. Some are even all-you-can-eat!

Fried fish and chips on a platter.

If you’re wondering “is there a Friday fish fry near me?”, look no further. Below you’ll find details on great local spots to dine in or order out your family’s fish fry!

Churches and VFWs with a Friday Fish Fry for Lent 2024

Holy Rosary Council #4483 Knights of Columbus (Arlington Heights)
March 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2024 | 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Fish fry buffet including cod and various sides.

Loyal Order of Moose, Downers Grove Lodge 1535
Fridays during Lent | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Traditional fish dinner offerings.

American Legion T.H.B. Post 187 (Elmhurst)
Fridays | 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Carryout or dine-in with seafood dinner platters. Reservations are recommended.

Knights of Columbus ​Saint Petronille Council 5516 (Glen Ellyn)
February 16 and 23, March 1, 8, and March 22, 2024 | 5:00pm – 7:30pm
All-you-can-eat fish fry. Children under 5 are free.

Catigny Post 367 Joliet VFW (Joliet)
Fridays | 4:00pm – 7:30pm
Dine-in and carryout fish fry. See website for menu.

Friday Fish Fry (Croatian Cultural Club, Joliet)
Fridays | 4:00pm – 7:30pm (or until sold out)
Dinner includes various fish choices and sides. Cash only.

Knights of Columbus #4400 (Joliet)
Fridays year-round | 11:00am – 8:00pm
Saturdays year-round | 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Cod, walleye, catfish, shrimp, fish tacos, and combination platters available.

Knights of Columbus Council #382 (Joliet)
Fridays | 11:00am – 8:00pm
Various platter options including sides and appetizers.

Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 (Naperville)
Fridays during Lent | 4:30pm – 7:30pm
$15 a plate of fish and sides.

American Legion Post 675 (Oswego)
Fridays | 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Dine-in and carryout fish fry.

American Legion Post 690 (Palatine)
Fridays from February 16 – March 29, 2024 | 5:45pm – 8:00pm
Dine-in only for cod platters including various sides.

St. Thomas of Villanova (Palatine)
Fridays in Lent | times tba
As of February 5, 2024, details were not announced. Check their website for more information.

St. John the Evangelist (Streamwood)
Fridays from February 16 – March 29, 2024 | 4:30pm – 8:00pm
Enjoy an all-you-can-eat traditional fish dinner.

Villa Park VFW Post 2801
Fridays from February 16 – March 29, 2024 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Fried fish and shrimp plates, with additional sides available for purchase.

Knights of Columbus Saint John Council 3738 (Westmont)
Every Friday in Lent | 5:00pm – 8:00pm
All-you-can-eat fish dinners including sides.

St. Michael’s Fish Fry (Wheaton)
February 23 and March 8, 2024 | 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Fish plates or cheese pizza plates for purchase.

St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church (Wheeling)
Fridays from February 16 to March 22, 2024 | 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Traditional fried fish dinners.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (Winfield)
Most Fridays in Lent | 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Dine-in or drive-by. Serving fish fry, shrimp tacos, shrimp dinners, spaghetti, and more. Check the church bulletin for more details.

Restaurants with Fish Fry Specials

Eddie’s of Arlington (Arlington Heights)
All-you-can-eat fish fry on Fridays, year-round.

Bulldog Ale House (Bolingbrook, North Aurora)
All-you-can-eat fish fry on Fridays for dine-in guests. As of February 5, 2024, their website references a buy-one-get-one-half-off promotion for fish Fridays.

Villa Olivia (Bartlett)
All-you-can-eat fish fry every Friday during Lent. To make reservations, please call (630) 289-1000.

White Pines Golf Club (Bensenville)
Offered Fridays from February 9 – March 29, 2024, all-you-can-eat fish dinners are added to their regular menu.

Bloomingdale Golf Club
Fish fry curbside only will run the Fridays during Lent only. Orders can be made starting Fridays at 10:00am.

Irish Times (Brookfield)
Every day options for fish and chips, along with a family fish fry meal package.

Off Broadway Pub (Brookfield)
All-you-can-eat fish fry with coleslaw for $15.95/adult or $9.95/child on Fridays.

JT’s Corner Tap and Eatery (Carol Stream)
Fish fry served year-round.

Village Tavern (Carol Stream)
All-you-can eat fish fry on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Rafferty’s Irish Pub (Countryside)
Fish and chips is on their daily menu, and Friday specials may include seafood options.

Don’s Dock Seafood Market and Restaurant (Des Plaines)
Specializing in seafood, you’ll find countless fried fish options on their daily menu.

Emmett’s (Downers Grove)
Offering beer battered cod year round on their daily menu.

Fitz’s Pub (Elmhurst)
Offering all your can eat fish fry on Fridays, and also other fish and shrimp options each Fridays.

Lawrence’s Fish & Shrimp (Two Chicago locations, Olympia Fields and Hillside)
Everyday option for fried fish and shrimp.

Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club (Hoffman Estates)
Beer battered or baked cod specials offered Fridays in Lent.

No Wake Bar and Grill (Lake Barrington)
Friday fish specials change weekly.

Quigley’s Irish Pub (Naperville)
Everyday options for fish and chips and fish tacos. Family meals have been offered in the past, but as of February 5, 2024 are not currently advertised.

Takeout fish fry family meal from Quigley’s.

Colonial Cafe (Naperville and St. Charles)
Friday fish frys are on special at both locations with large and small sizes available.

Catch35 (Naperville)
If you are looking for seafood options, but don’t want the fried fish? During Lent, the special seafood menu includes mussels, shrimp, tuna tacos, and lobster. This spot is a local favorite for a date night.

Edelweiss Restaurant (Norridge)
Fish fry on their daily menu year round.

Pilot Pete’s (Schaumburg)
Daily menu offers fish n’ chips with an all you can eat on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Towne Tap (Warrenville)
Friday fish fry from 11:00am – 2:00pm or 5:00pm – 8:30pm.

Arrowhead Golf Club (Wheaton)
Lenten specials offered on Ash Wednesday, as well as Fridays in Lent. Options include fish and chips, fish tacos, shrimp basket, and more.

Salt Creek Golf Club (Wood Dale)
Salt Creek Golf Club has previously offered a Friday Fish Fry, but is offering a one-night only special on Friday, March 22, 2024. This will include optional beer flight add-ons from local breweries.

Seven Bridges Golf Club (Woodridge)
February 16, 2024 and all Fridays in March 2024, guests can enjoy a variety of fish dishes from 4:00pm – 8:00pm.

You can also check out more of our great restaurants for kids articles, such as extra-special kid-friendly restaurants that you’ll want to make a main event.

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  • Cheryl Skoda
    March 4, 2020 12:14 am

    Holy Guardian Angels Parish, St. Louise de Marillac site, this Friday 3/6 Fish Fry starts at 5:30pm, North Campus Colonnade Room.


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