WEST CHATHAM — The Harold’s Chicken #55 tucked in the Chatham Ridge Shopping Center wasn’t just a place to get a quarter-white fried hard.
The Harold’s spot at 100 W. 87th St. had closed permanently, but for decades, it was the place to hit after a last-minute kickback or a late night at The Rink.
It was so popular it ranked No. 3 on Chicago Magazine’s list of best Harold’s Chicken Shacks in the Chicagoland area. (YouTube personality and Chicago native Larry Legend ranked it slightly lower on his list, citing the “hit or miss” quality of the chicken.)
From the old-school arcade games in the corner and the Pepsi machine that only worked when it wanted to the framed photographs of local notables on the wall, the epic lunch/dinner rush wait times and the occasional argument between customers and counter staff, visiting the Harold’s could be an adventure.
Though #55 is still with us — owner Percy Billings has moved his operation to his Harold’s Express on the other side of the Dan Ryan — the connection to the original location, a mainstay since 1992, is still strong.
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