Shanahan’s was established in New Orleans, Louisiana on November 7, 1977.

The Forest Park Review wrote about our history in an article celebrating our 20th anniversary:

Celebrating 20 years on Madison Street, Shanahan’s continues to bring a little Southern flare to Forest Park in serving traditional Creole cooking from catfish, crawfish and shrimp to an array of Po-Boy sandwiches.

Creole is more of an upscale cuisine, said owner Tim Shanahan. “It’s what you find in Southern, country cooking with a more French influence,” he said. “It’s gourmet, as opposed to Cajun, which is more family-style. They both utilize the same ingredients, Creole is just a higher level of cooking.”

Shanahan spent 20 years enjoying such cuisine while living in Louisiana and Florida, first learning how to cook while working at restaurants in college. He opened his first namesake restaurant in New Orleans in 1977.

Living near the ocean was “really nice” with the blue water, white sand and good fishing and hunting, he said. But Shanahan, who grew up in River Forest, missed his family, not to mention the Bears and the White Sox.

“Not the Cubs, though,” he noted.

He came back to the Chicago area in 1990 and opened another Shanahan’s at 7353 Madison. The building at his current location dates back to 1905, and in the early 1900s, it operated as an ice cream parlor that also sold liquor.

“Only in Forest Park,” Shanahan, 56, joked.

You can read the whole article by clicking here.

Chicago’s Best featured us as one of their “Best Spicy.” Here’s the video, courtesy of Chicago’s Best.





You can check out the video on Chicago Best’s site as well, by clicking here.

Over the years, throughout Illinois, Louisiana and Florida, we have developed a personal commitment of service to our customers.

We hope our food and service exemplifies the style and ambiance for which Southern hospitality is known.