Am I barking up the wrong tree--should I buy a ticket to Boston?
Is there somewhere I can get decent fried clams in Chicago?
The north side is preferable.
Lawrence's Fisheries has decent clam strips to satisfy the craving. It's not quite the real thing, but it's across a boat yard. How's that for ambience.
Otherwise, try The Fish Guy and see if he will make some for you. They are selling fried shrimp on Fridays.
2120 S Canal St, Chicago, IL 60616