For over 80 years, Isaacson & Stein Fish Co. has been Chicago’s go-to shop for the freshest and widest selection of seafood. A family affair for three generations, the company, which started as a simple storefront, has evolved over the years into a state-of-the-art facility—though it hasn’t moved locations since it first opened in 1958. Once reliant up rail systems to transport fresh fish into the city, the company now receives daily shipments from all over the world, including Brazil, Costa Rica and Greece.
From fresh Blue Point oysters to Mediterranean sea bass to warm-water lobsters and Dungeness crab, you’ll find both common and hard-to-find fish and crustaceans at the River West market. Consider the selection of fresh arctic char, ahi tuna, rainbow trout and red snapper filets—or pick out a whole fish, which one of the jovial staff members will clean and cut to your liking. On the more gourmet side, you’ll find baby octopus, squid, conch meat and a variety of delicate smoked salmon varieties. Thanks to Isaacson & Stein, global seafood arrives in the Midwest every day.