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Calumet Fisheries in Chicago Has Been Smoking Fish Since Before You Were Born

It's a must-taste when in the Windy City

In this inaugural episode of season three of Dining on a Dime, host Lucas Peterson is thrilled to find himself back in his hometown: Chicago. The first stop is Calumet Fisheries, a natural wood smokehouse located on the 95th Street Bridge in South Deering — the very same bridge the Blues Brothers jumped over in the iconic 1980 John Landis film.

Watch as Peterson gets an education in smoking fish over a wood fire — something that’s only allowed in two places in the city of Chicago. Calumet Fisheries, which received a James Beard Foundation Award in 2010, has been owned and operated by the same family since the 1940s and offers an array of smoked fish and other seafood available for purchase by the pound. Peterson tries the shop's smoked salmon, fried shrimp, trout, and sturgeon, all worth a drive if you live in or find yourself in the Windy City.

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Calumet Fisheries

3259 E 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60617 773 933 9855