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Famed Harold’s Chicken Shack Expands From Chicago to the Heart of Hollywood

Everyone loves Harold’s, a South Side Chicago legend

A dish of fried chicken from famed Chicago institution Harold’s, shown with sauce on top.
Harold’s, Chicago
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Looks like another out-of-town fried chicken option is coming to Los Angeles soon, with the opening of the famed Harold’s Chicken Shack in Hollywood. The South Side Chicago favorite should arrive by late summer or early fall, though no opening date is given yet.

What’s even more intriguing: Harold’s isn’t saying just where they’ll land. Eater reached out several times to contacts for Harold’s but was told they aren’t comfortable releasing the exact location just yet, except to say it’s on Hollywood Boulevard proper and will be a full sit-down restaurant experience. That does narrow down the search some given how small many spaces along Hollywood Blvd. can be, and points to an expanded concept than the original shack outfit. Think Harold’s Chicken and Ice Bar in Atlanta, which offers a full line of cocktails and more.

For those unfamiliar, Harold’s is a Chicago-area institution that has transcended into pop culture icon, and has expanded over the years to include several cities across the midwest and into the south. They don’t quite have the reach of a Memphis-born Gus’s World Famous — or the star cache of Sweet Chick or even Astro Doughnuts — but should do well regardless of their final location along the Walk of Fame. After all, who doesn’t love fried chicken?