708-442-7080, Open 7 Days A Week
7930 W. 26th St. North Riverside, IL

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Welcome to Chef Shangri-La (15 min. away from downtown Chicago)


Look no further, CHEF SHANGRI-LA is the perfect venue to host your next Wedding, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Shower, Baby Shower, Bachelorette/Bachelor party, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Graduations, or any other special gatherings. We have special menus available at very reasonable prices. Our large party dining area can accommodate 20-70 guests. Should your party exceed 70 guests, please call and ask for Betty. SATURDAY AND SUNDAY PRICING for celebrations during the hours of 12pm-3pm, starting at $12.95/person).

For more information, call us directly and ask to speak with Betty or send an email to betty@chefshangrila.com.

Media and Televison Links: (2011-2016)

http://checkplease.wttw.com/restaurants/chef-shangri-la (Check Please! WTTW CH 11) Jan 2016

http://chicagosbesttv.com/2015/06/08/chicagos-best-tropical-2-chef-shangri-la/ (Chicago's Best TV WGN)

http://abc7chicago.com/archive/8658059/ (190 North ABC7 Chicago TV)

http://wgnradio.com/2015/09/06/a-preview-of-chef-shangri-las-fong-fest-and-a-late-night-tiki-party-with-13-tikis/ (WGN RADIO)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxu8PxzSAmE (Aloha Chicago Entertainment)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeWGW6GDJ4Y (Yelp Party)

http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2011/08/22/chef-shangri-la-restaurant-delivers-south-seas-escape-in-north-riverside-hits-milestone-with-next-generation-of-founding-family/zz1frr5/ (My Suburban Life -Newspaper Article)


Recently, the village closed our driveway entrance on 26th street for new outdoor dining. Therefore, the u-shaped counterclockwise entrance allows for one entrance in and one exit out, both located on Des Plaines Ave. The Entrance is closest to the corner of 26th & Des Plaines and the EXIT is closest to the alleyway between us and the Sweet Spot. Just follow the ARROWS to avoid any mishaps. Please be mindful of pedestrians walking in and out of the restaurant as well as the striped NO PARKING ZONE.


Starring: Aloha Chicago Entertainment
the 1st & 3rd Fridays of every month
The Aloha Show features dances from the Islands, costume changes, fun audience participation, and of course the "Fire Dance". 


Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
@ 8:00 pm

***RSVP for DINNER & SHOW, as seats fill up quickly***

Friday Feb 19th @ 8:00pm

Friday March 4th @ 8:00pm


You will have up to 48 hours prior to the date of the show to cancel or reduce your party size, thereafter, there will be a $10 cover charge per empty seat applied to your final bill.


The 2nd Fridays of Every Month




Feb 12th @ 8:30pm

***RSVP for DINNER & SHOW, as seats fill up quickly***

Feb 12th 2016 @ 8:30pm
March 11th 2016 @ 8:30pm

We will take your name, phone number and number of guests to HOLD a table, BUT this is NOT yet a reservation. We call all potential tables the 2nd Tuesday of the month to confirm, if we do NOT hear from you by the following day, we are to assume you've made other plans and we will give away your table to the next folks on the wait list.

Rick is in high demand and we cannot afford to have any empty seats during his performances. I thank you in advance for your cooperation. Please note, at time of confirmation call, there will be a $10 cover charge per empty seat at your assigned table.


Lanialoha combines the influences of her musical paths and passions to revive the "old and new cultural traditions of the Pacific". The voice of Lanialoha performs a seamless and memorable concert of melodies, harmonies and rhythmic sounds that will inspire you.

The 3rd Saturdays of Every Month


Our Next Show is:

Friday, Feb 20th
The Tikinauts @ 8:30 pm

March 19th @ 8:30 The Cocktail Preachers

The Chef features Hawaiian bands (Rockabilly, Exotica, Surf, 50's/60's) starting @ 8:30pm. Fun, Food & Cocktails and a Free Raffle. Must make reservations for parties of 5 or more, please call 708.442.7080 (NO COVER CHARGE!!!)

The 4th Fridays of Every Month

***RSVP for DINNER & SHOW, as seats fill up quickly***



Friday, Feb. 26th
@ 9:00 pm

Michael St. Angel will rock this tiki house back to the TROPICS.
For parties of 5 or more, must make reservations. Will accept walk-ins for smaller tables.


You will have up to 48 hours prior to the date of the show to cancel or reduce your party size, thereafter, there will be a $10 cover charge per empty seat applied to your final bill.


Hours of Operation (OPEN DAILY, except for THANKSGIVING DAY)

Mondays 11:30 am - 9 pm (Tiki Bar last call 10 pm)
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9 pm (Tiki Bar last call 10 pm)
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9 pm (Tiki Bar last call 10 pm)
Thursday 11:30 am - 9 pm (Tiki Bar last call 10 pm)
Friday 11:30 am - 10 pm*** (Tiki Bar last call 1am)
Saturday 12:00 pm - 10 pm*** (Tiki Bar last call 1am)
Sunday 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm (Tiki Bar last call 10pm)


LUNCH SPECIAL MENU (Dine-in only) $6.25-$7.75
3-COURSE: Soup, Teaser, Main Entree
MONDAY - FRIDAY 11:30am-3:30pm
(This offer may NOT be combined with any other discounts/specials)

OHANA NIGHT EVERY MONDAY & TUESDAY at CHEF SHANGRI-LA featuring cartoons/movies on the big screen
and for every adult entree purchase, get ONE free kid's meal. Kids between the ages of 9-12 years old may also order from the kids menu for ONLY $1, but must be ordered w/ an adult entree. (THIS OFFER MAY NOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER DISCOUNTS/SPECIALS).

4-COURSE DINNER: Soup, Teaser, Main Entree & Dessert, price ranging between $6.25-$7.75 for 60 years and older.
MONDAY - FRIDAY 3:30pm-5:30pm. (Dine-in only).
(This offer may NOT be combined with any other discounts/specials).
Come test your luck on NEW installed slot machines in The Green Room. The Green Room features 5 SLOT MACHINES located in a private room, next to our koi pond.

Dr. Fong T-shirts are available for purchase in either white, red or kiwi. $15 plus tax. Extra Bonus when you wear the T-shirt in the Restaurant or Bar you will recieve $1.00 off a purchase of a Large Dr. Fong. Limit one discount per day per t-shirt.

"YEAR OF THE GOAT" Birthday Special begins February 19th, 2015.
end Feb. 7th 2015. "Year of the Monkey" Starts Feb 8th 2016.

Book your “Birthday Bash” @ Chef Shangrila and Receive a FREE GIFT!

Chef Shangri-la is honoring your birthday celebration during the "Year of the Goat" with a FREE Tropical Drink (Your Choice) in your very own Tiki Glass. So come Celebrate your BIRTHDAY with us. The Collector Tiki Glass comes in three colors RED, CLEAR, and BLUE (depending on availability). Our Gift to you (Yes you Keep it), Happy Birthday. * Restrictions Apply

*Must have a Reservation.
*Must be a party of 5 in the dining room.
*Must be a party of 10 in the tiki bar.
*Must be 21 or over to receive an alcoholic beverage.  
*Must have ID (proof of birthday).  
*Must be within a week (7 days) of your birthday.  
*Limit one per table/ one birthday only. (Two Birthday's with 10 people)
*Can not be used with any other discount nor a split bill.
*No Wine, No Hard liquor, only Tropical Drinks or Soft drinks!

Color Choice based on availability.  Available during the “Year of the Goat”  Feb 19th, 2015 to Feb 8th 2016. While supplies last..

We Deliver!

Delivery Area

Chef Shangri-la delivers to the following cities: Berwyn (60402), Brookfield (60513), Cicero (60804) , Forest Park (60130), Forest View (60402) , LaGrange Park (60526) , Lyons (60534), North Riverside (60546), Oak Park (60304) , Riverside (60546), River Forest (60305) , Stickney (60402) and Westchester (60154).

Food 2 U is a reliable delivery company that provides QUICK, SIMPLE & CONVENIENT SERVICES, all within 45-60 minutes. A professional driver will deliver a hot meal to your door. As always, safety is our number one concern. Please allow ample time during severe weather conditions. There is a $3.50 delivery charge for every order. Drivers' gratuity not included. Food 2 U may deliver outside the area, with an additional fee. Please contact us for further information.

About Us

Established in 1976 and Still “TIKI-ING”!

History of Master Chef Paul Fong (1931-2012)
His story dates back to 1934, when small villages in China were under attack. A young couple found the 3-year old boy mourning beside his family who were killed. He was abandoned on a hillside road, where the young couple welcomed him as their own and ran for safety. They referred the little boy as Som Min Jie (which means baby boy in Cantonese.)

In 1945, Som Min Jie and Fong Sowng arrived in Chicago in hopes of living the American dream.  His father worked as the Head Chef at a Chinese restaurant, while Som Min Jie did everything he could to adapt to the American culture.  Neighborhood schools did not accept him, so he took the alternative route, through self-discipline and self-teaching.

Som Min Jie now known as Paul J. Fong, lost his father a couple of years later. Paul was left to fend for himself, while responsible to send money back to his mother in China.  He worked multiple jobs as a busboy, a dishwasher, a waiter, a bartender and finally worked his way up as a chef.

Suzie “The Fierce Hawaiian Tiger” Fong also has a very interesting history.  Over 100 years ago, Suzie’s grandfather and a group of college students flew to Hawaii to study. Her grandfather met a native Hawaiian, married her and brought her back to China to raise their family.  Hence, the Polynesian ambience of Chef Shangri-la.

Suzie arrived in the US in 1958, she too, have always been involved with the restaurant business. As an immigrant and a young Asian woman, she knew how hard it was going to be to survive in America. She had a family to support, in addition to sending money back to China to bring her parents and other siblings to America. In just 5 years, Suzie owned her first restaurant in Milwaukee, WI. Five years later Suzie and Paul met in Chicago, married in 1972 and operated their first restaurant in Chinatown, called Cantonese Chef.

Paul & Suzie were very successful in Chinatown, where Paul was featured in a number of Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times articles, he was rated as the top chef in Chinatown for many years. He was truly a “Master of Creations”.  Paul & Suzie were determined to open up another restaurant, but had difficulty finding the right location. In 1975, Suzie was dealing with the loss of her mother and was emotionally drained; on one odd night, she had woken from a dream, where her mother’s spirit had guided her to this exact location, which has been the home of Chef Shangri-la ever since.

In February 2011, Betty, the youngest of Paul & Suzie and her husband, Duane are now the 2nd generation owners. Betty & Duane will continue to operate the "Fongtastic" tradition. They welcome you to a more enhanced tropical setting, featuring original recipes on all signature dishes and cocktails.  They will also be featuring a “SPECIAL MENU” that includes ASIAN FUSION DISHES like Peruvian Lomo Saltado, Thai Coconut Curry, Spicy Korean BBQ Kalbi, Japanese Teriyaki Beef Tenderloin, Kalua Pork Tacos and more.

For more information, please call (708) 442.7080, fax (708) 853.9751 or e-mail tiki@chefshangrila.com. Located at 7930 W. 26th Street, North Riverside, IL.  Hope to see you soon!

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