About Us

Our Story

Since 1950, Harold’s Chicken Shack (also referred to as Harold’s Chicken) has been Chicago Institution, particularly on the South Side of Chicago, and is well known for its uniquely prepared chicken and special sauces. Our founder, Harold Pierce, an African-American Chicago Business Man, developed the character of Harold’s primarily out of necessity, because the larger fast food chains tended to avoid the African-American neighborhoods in the city of Chicago. At that time, the legal and social obstacles in Chicago prevented Harold’s, and other black-owned businesses, from expanding into the downtown Chicago area, or the North Side of Chicago. As a result, Harold’s became one of the few examples of a thriving fast food chain that was owned by, and primarily served, the Chicago African-American Community. In recent years, however, Harold’s Chicken has expanded not only on the South Side of Chicago and Suburban areas, but also on the West Side, and more recently on the North Side and in the downtown areas of Chicago. Harold’s Chicken locations have also been opened in Northwest Indiana, Detroit, Milwaukee, Las Vegas, Madison (WI), Dallas. In June 2012, Harold’s re-opened its doors in the vibrant city of Atlanta, Georgia, as “Harold’s Chicken & Ice Bar”. Harold’s Chicken & Ice Bar was the first Harold’s franchise to transition from the traditional, informal “Harold’s Chicken Shack” which consisted of chicken primarily served as take-out orders by Harold’s employee’s,
standing behind bulletproof glass windows (a necessity in light of many Harold’s locations in “rough” neighborhoods in Chicago), to a more traditional sit-down, sports bar atmosphere, with a full bar … serving beer, wine, and traditional and specialized cocktails. Harold’s Chicken & Ice Bar in Atlanta has served as the model for other similar locations that are now open in the city of Chicago (Harold’s Bar & Grill). Despite its location being over 700 miles away from its birthplace, Harold’s Chicken & Ice Bar has made it a point of emphasis to maintain that same tradition of deliciously Chicago-style flavored chicken & fish dinners, drizzled in its signature soaking mild and hot sauces (imported weekly from Chicago), and thus continuing the 60-year rich tradition that native Chicagoans, residing in Atlanta or other cities as well, typically can only experience during return visits to the city of Chicago.

Special Events

We like to hold special events for holidays, days of the week, and other big events. For example, every Wednesday we hold Wind Down Wednesday. We hold New Year’s Eve bash events, costume parties for Halloween, Thanksgiving Day events, Valentine’s Day extravaganzas, so on and so forth. We have live entertainment for almost every day you can imagine. We ensure that you have a place to come eat, laugh, dance, and enjoy no matter what.

Signature Drink Menu

Harold’s has a large drink menu complete with beer, wine, mixed drinks, and tasty non-alcoholic drinks as well. Specialty drinks include Harold’s Wildberry, Harold’s Mint, The Real Peach, Harold’s Raspberry-rita, Mojitos, Margaritas, Martinis, and $5 Happy Hour all day every day. We have plenty of beer choices—from Yuengling, Guinness, Heineken, and Stella to Blue Moon, Bud Light, and Coors.

Chicken Better Than Ever

We have signature chicken and signature sauce that you can only get at one of our Harold’s locations. We use a special recipe that will leave you wanting more. Once you come in one time, you will become a regular—it is that good!

Signature Items

Our menu is full of tasty meals, but we have a few that we think you might enjoy more than others. These are some of our most requested dinners and staple offerings.

Chicken & Waffles

Chicken & Waffles is one of our most popular meals. You get the best of both worlds with this combination!!

Fish & Shrimp

Fish & Shrimp is a seafood staple. Toss in some fries and you have one heck of a meal. Our fish is to die for, and we promise you will not think otherwise.


We offer wings with french fries in three different sizes: 5 pieces, 10 pieces and 20 pieces. You can also add additional wings in increments of 5 as well.

Wing Dinner

Our Wing Dinner comes with several wings and tons of fries, guaranteed to fill you up. This is a popular meal because of its size and tasty signature recipe.

Happy Hour Special

Monday - Thursday: 5 PM – 8 PM with 99¢ Wings

Lunch Special

Monday – Friday: 11 AM – 3 PM with $1.00 off ALL dinners


Mon – 11 AM to 12 AM
Tues – 11 AM to 12 AM
Wed – 11 AM to 12 AM
Thurs – 11 AM to 1 AM
Fri – 11 AM to 3 AM
Sat – 11 AM to 3 AM
Sun – 11 AM to 12 AM

Contact Details

(404) 577-0001

Contact Details

(404) 577-0001