Catholics refrain from eating meat on Fridays during the 40 days of Lent, which is why churches began selling fried fish dinners on Fridays to raise money for the parish. The tradition has become so popular, Chicago has its own Lenten Fish Fry Club. Follow them on Twitter @ChiFishFry to find out the latest information on fish fry's in the Chicagoland area.
In New Orleans, the fish fry is a culinary event, that consists of fried catfish (and only catfish), with a side of potato salad, string beans, bread pudding and two pieces of white bread stuffed into a white foam clamshell. In Chicago, many restaurants serve beer battered cod or pollock, more akin to fish and chips found in England and Ireland than the bayou.
Chicago has several Friday fish fry's all around the city, however one restaurant compliments the traditional New Orleans way of frying their fish. For $15, Frontier located at 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave., will be offering fried fish, hush puppies and french fries every Friday from March 7-April 11, from 11 am to 3 am. Couple this with an Abita Purple Haze beer and you will feel like you stepped out of West Town and right into the French Quarter.