Matt Kirouac

Chicago may be a far cry from the Atlantic and Pacific, but you'd never know it considering our surfeit of fresh seafood, a sentiment showcased on a grand scale at Shaw's 27th Annual Oyster Fest. Taking place September 11, it's a pristine celebration of stellar seafood from Shaw's, as well as seafood restaurants throughout the city and country.

Shaw's Crab House, one of Chicago's quintessential destinations for top-tier fish and seafood, is the ideal host for such a soiree, situated at 435 N. Wabash Ave. at Hubbard and Rush. From 3-10 p.m., the nautical fete features live music, wine, cocktails, craft beer, grub from Bub City, and a plethora of fresh seafood joining the East and West Coast oysters, such as clam chowder, lobster rolls, crab rolls and more.

The menu for this year is curated by Shaw's and chef/partner Doug Psaltis, featuring a menu inspired by the East Coast, West Coast and Southern Coast. New this year is a special crab dinner with two seatings at 6 and 8 p.m., both of which cost $75 per person. There's also an oyster shucking contest called Supreme Mother Shucker.

For the first time in the fest's longstanding history, Shaw's and co. has invited some of the most renowned seafood restaurants and oyster outposts from across the continent to participate. They've amassed a pretty incredible roster, too, with the likes of Drago's Seafood Restaurant from New Orleans; Standish Shore from Duxbury, Massachusetts; Chicago's own The Publican; Montauck Pearl from New Brunswick, Canada; New York City-based Luke's Lobster, The Optimist from Atlanta; Harbor House from Milwaukee; Hog Island from San Francisco, and more.

For dessert, there's a special custard made for the festival by Shake Shack, plus confections by Summer House Bakery.

While slurping oysters, swoon to live music from headliner St. Lucia, a synth-pop act that should set a cool pace for the occasion.

Tickets are available for $30 per person at oysterfestchicago.com.