Zim has referenced Evanston Chicken Shack as having very good fried chicken, fully comparable to Harold's, or was it almost comparable to Harold's, either way, thanks for the Chow-Tip Zim, the chicken was excellent. Chicken Shack's chicken was crisp with a slightly crunchy crust, not as thick as Harold's, but enough of a coating that you noticed as you bit through. The chicken was juicy and the flavor was good, mildly peppery with a hit of spice, salty, but not mouth puckeringly so.
I ordered a 4-wing basket hot sauce on the chicken, which, like Harold's, means they apply a vinegary medium-hot hot sauce in the kitchen, which coats the chicken, fries and ubiquitous two-slices of white bread I also ordered a half-chicken, BBQ sauce on the side. The BBQ sauce was not memorable, but then again, most BBQ sauces aren't. The 4-pieces, which comprised the half-chicken box, stayed surprisingly crisp and the thigh was particularly full flavored and juicy.
The only, slight, downside to ECS is the wait, I cooled my heels fully 25-minutes once I placed my order. Zim had mentioned the wait, but I wanted to soak up the atmosphere, and a little chicken grease, my first time at ECS, in the future I will call in my order. There are a couple of tables at ECS, but they seem to be mainly for the convenience of customers waiting for take-out orders, which I would guess comprises the vast majority of ECS's business.
For ease of call-in ordering I'll link to an image of Evanston Chicken Shack's menu courtesy of Holly Moore from his recent visit to Chicago.
Chicken Shack is a bit difficult to find, I am including specific directions that Zim kindly sent me.
Evanston Chicken Shack
1925 Ridge Ave
Zim's directions to Evanston Chicken Shack.
"coming from the south on ridge, just before Emerson it splits into Green Bay Ave and Ridge Ave. The default slight curve to the left direction takes you on to Green Bay, If you stay to the right and go straight, you continue on to ridge, and Chicken Shack is a block north of Emerson, set back a little from the street. "