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.



Thursday, December 4, 2014 DINING ROOM AND TIKI BAR CLOSED FROM 6pm-9pm, will be accepting carry-outs/delivery.

Join us for our 1st COMEDY SHOW EVER!!! "LAUGH, EAT & DRINK" Thursday, November 13th @8pm.

HOST Jeanie Doogan, alongside with Kelsie Huff (featured comedian) and Calvin Evans (Headliner).

PARENTAL GUIDANCE- materials include adult content and language. Not suitable for anyone under 17 years of age.


Pesi Maugu and the Royal Polynesian Revue

Wednesday, December 31st 1st show @6:30pm and 9:45pm
Please choose a time slot for our 1st show. Seating begins @4:45pm for parties of 5 or more, @5:15pm, and @5:45pm for a 6:30pm hula dancing and fire show. Please note, we will need to turnover all tables no later than 7:15pm for other reservations/walk-ins.

Please choose a time slot for our 2nd show lasting from 9:45pm-12:45am. Seating begins @8:30pm, @9pm, and @9:30pm for a 9:45pm hula dancing and fire show. From 11pm-12:45am, The Butterfields will be playing 50's/60's/70's music, so put on your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie to da beats!!!


2014 LIVE ENTERTAINMENT in our dining room

DINNER & SHOW (seats fill up quickly, please make reservations)

The 1st & 3rd Fridays of Each Month

Join us for "ISLAND ADVENTURE & FIRE DANCE FRIDAY dinner and show "
Starring: Aloha Chicago Entertainment

The Aloha Show features dances from the Islands, costume changes, fun audience participation, and of course the "Fire Dance". 


Friday, Nov 7th
@ 8:00 pm

***RSVP, as seats fill up quickly***

Friday Nov 21st, 2014 @ 8pm

Friday Dec 5th, 2014 @ 8pm

Friday Dec 19th, 2014 @ 8pm


Every 2nd Fridays of Each Month



Friday, November 14th
@ 8:30 pm

***RSVP for dinner, as seats fill up quickly***

Friday Nov 14th, 2014 @ 830 pm, accepting rsvp's Oct 1st
Friday Dec 12th, 2014 @ 830 pm, accepting rsvp's Nov 1st


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.

Every 3rd Saturday of Each Month


Our Next Show is:

Barbara Clifford and the

November 15th @ 8:30pm

Dec. 20th @ 8:30pm
Our Annual Hodiday Party with The Dyes

Dec. 31st NYE.....TBA
(will perform after the hula show into the new year)

The Chef features Hawaiian bands (Rockabilly, Exotica, Surf, 50's/60's) starting @ 9:00pm (NOTE.. NEW TIME 2014!) . Fun, Food & Cocktails and a Free Raffle. Must make reservations for parties of 5 or more, please call 708.442.7080 (NO COVER CHARGE!!!)

Every 4th Friday of Each Month



Friday, Nov 28th @8pm

Friday Dec 26th, 2014 @8pm

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


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

Mondays 11:30 am - 10:30 pm (Kitchen closes 9 pm)
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm (Kitchen closes 9pm)
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:30pm (Kitchen closes 9pm)
Thursday 11:30 am - 1:00 am (Kitchen closes 9pm)
Friday 11:30 am - 1:00 am**** (Kitchen closes 10pm)
Saturday 12:00 pm - 1:00 am**** (Kitchen closes 10pm)
Sunday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Kitchen closes 9pm)


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 4 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.

News (Print & Television)

Mystery Diner (Restaurant Review) Suburban Life Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

Chef Shangri-la has been featured in several articles and televised feeds over the past 35 + years. Suburban Life, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and our most recent televised airing on ABC's 190 North on May 13, 2012 featured signature dishes and tasty libations. We want to take a moment, to thank our long-time customers for their continued support! We had a great turnout for the filming of our episode and luckily many of our regular customers got a chance to be interviewed for the episode. Here is the link to the episode. http://www.190north.com/episodes/A-Taste-of-Hawaii-in-Chicago/8658059

Visit The Tiki Bar for our specials calendar.

" YEAR OF THE HORSE" Birthday Special begins January 31st 2014.

Chef Shangri-la is honoring your birthday celebration during the "Year of the Horse " with a FREE (DR. FONG) T-Shirt. So come Celebrate your BIRTHDAY with us and receive a FREE Dr. Fong T=Shirt. ( a $15 value) T-shirts come in three colors RED, WHITE, and (NEW COLOR) KIWI (depending on availability) Sizes Small to 3XL.


*Available for parties of five or more in the dining room and 20 or more in the Bar. . Must make reservation in advance.. Must be 21years old and have id to prove birthday. Starts January 31, 2014 ends Feb 18th,2015. Ssubject to change see restaurant for details.

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 January 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 Vietnamese Pho Noodle Soup, Thai Coconut Curry, Spicy Korean chicken wings, Japanese Teriyaki Beef Tenderloin, Spicy Fish 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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