Mardi Gras 2014 specials

Celebrate Fat Tuesday with gumbo, jambalaya and parties at Chicago restaurants

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Shrimp Po'Boys are part of the Mardi Gras menu at Shaw's Crab House

Shrimp Po'Boys are part of the Mardi Gras menu at Shaw's Crab House Courtesy of Shaw's Crab House


If you can't make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year, don't worry: We found more than 20 specials on hurricanes, po'boys, all-you-can-eat crawfish boils, and jambalaya at bars and restaurants all over the city. Some spots are celebrating with Zydeco music, others with crawfish-eating contests, but all will get you in the Mardis Gras spirit. All events are held March 4, unless otherwise noted.

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Benchmark

  • Price band: 2/4

Etouffee, red beans and rice, and Cajun-style po’boys are some of the special Mardi Gras items available.

  1. 1510 N Wells St
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Blokes & Birds

  • Price band: 2/4

From 5pm–2am, Blokes & Birds hosts a Mardi Gras Masquerade, with $5 hurricanes and a contest for best mask.

  1. 3343 N Clark St
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Brownstone

  • Price band: 1/4

The tavern is hosting its annual crawfish boil, with all-you-can-eat crawfish, red beans and rice, cornbread and a drink for $30. Drink specials include $5 hurricanes and $3 Abitas.

  1. 3937 N Lincoln Ave
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Cactus Bar & Grill

  • Price band: 2/4

The Fourth Annual Crawfish Eating Contest benefits New Orleans-area Habitat for Humanity. Competitors will receive a contest T-shirt and the winner will be awarded a gift certificate to the restaurant. If you'd rather just watch the action, there are food and drink specials available. Tickets are available for $20 at cactuschicago.com.

  1. 404 S Wells St
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Carnivale

  • Price band: 2/4

The West Loop restaurant is honoring its name with a four-day Mardi Gras celebration featuring Cajun and Creole food, drink specials and festive music. From March 1–4, there's a prix-fixe menu available, with grits, etoufee and king cake.

  1. 702 W Fulton Mkt
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Commonwealth Tavern

  • Price band: 2/4

Celebrate with $12 jambalaya and $7 hurricane cocktails.

  1. 2000 W Roscoe St
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Division Ale House

  • Price band: 1/4

The six-day Mardi Gras celebrations run February 27–March 4 and feature all-day drink deals and food specials. Cajun gumbo, spicy fried shrimp po’boys, jambalaya and Jameson bananas foster are on the Fat Tuesday menu.

  1. 1942 W Division St
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Dusek's Board and Beer

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Dusek's and Punch House celebrate from 5pm–2am with New Orleans-inspired food, drink and music. Dishes include crawfish and rabbit etouffee, house boudin and turtle soup, while drinks include Hurricane Punch, Sazerac, French 75, Pimm's Cup and Abita beers.

  1. 1227 W 18th St
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Frontier

  • Price band: 2/4

Louisiana-raised chef Brian Jupiter is offering a traditional Southern shrimp boil for $33 a person, plus $8 cocktails, like a Mardi Gras gin fizz.

  1. 1072 N Milwaukee Ave
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Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House

  • Price band: 3/4

The Fat Tuesday menu features chef Randy Waidner’s special shrimp etouffee and French Quarter cocktails.

  1. 1024 N Rush St
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Lottie’s

  • Price band: 1/4

Jambalaya, chicken po'boys and cocktail specials are all part of Lottie’s Fat Tuesday celebrations.

  1. 1925 W Cortland St
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Luxbar

  • Price band: 2/4

The five-day celebration features special corn meal–crusted shrimp with spicy Creole sauce paired with classic Mardi Gras cocktails.

  1. 18 E Bellevue Pl
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Municipal Bar + Dining Co.

  • Price band: 2/4

The Fat Tuesday celebrations start early, with specials like $6 hurricanes and shrimp and sausage gumbo available starting February 27. Wrap up the festivities with live jazz from the Chicago Diamond Trio on March 4.

  1. 216 W Ohio St
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Newport Bar and Grill

  • Price band: 1/4

Get into the Mardi Gras spirit with Cajun, brass and Zydeco-themed music, plus $5 jambalaya and $4 Abitas.

  1. 1344 W Newport Ave
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Nouveau Tavern

Nouveau Tavern hosts a five-day celebration, from February 28–March 4, with fashion shows, a jazz brunch, and food and drink specials.

  1. 358 W Ontario St
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The Pony Inn

  • Price band: 1/4

Jambalaya, chicken po’boys, hurricanes and Abita flights are available from February 27–March 4. On Fat Tuesday, there's a free Abita sampling.

  1. 1638 W Belmont Ave
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Porkchop

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 2/4

The restaurant is celebrating Mardi Gras with week-long po' boy, gumbo and jambalaya specials paired with Bourbon Street's best brews and spirits. The items will be offered starting March 3.

  1. 941 W Randolph St, (between Sangamon and Morgan Sts)
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Riva

  • Price band: 3/4

Riva is participating in the Navy Pier indoor bar crawl and offering New Orleans crab gumbo and cajun potato chips with Creole dip.

  1. Navy Pier, 700 E Grand Ave
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Shaw’s Crab House

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The celebrations start February 28 with drinks, food and music specials featuring crawfish and shrimp po’boys, seafood gumbo, jambalaya and other Cajun and Creole dishes. Continue the celebration March 2 with Shaw’s Sunday brunch and wrap up the festivities on Fat Tuesday with an all-you-can eat crawfish boil and live music from the Midway Ramblers Cajun Band.

 

  1. 21 E Hubbard St
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Shaw's Crab House - Schaumburg

The seafood restaurant is offering food and drinks specials, including Sunday brunch on March 2 and a performance by the Ring of Music/Matt Stedman Band on Fat Tuesday.

  1. 1900 East Higgins Road
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Takito Kitchen

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The taco joint celebrates Fat Tuesday with jambalaya tacos and a Southern trio plate with spiced pork belly, Alaskan king crab–stuffed jalapeño, cornbread and ghost pepper salsa.

  1. 2013 W Division St
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Tavern on Rush

  • Price band: 3/4

The Gold Coast spot is offering Mardi Gras–inspired lunch and dinner specials, including popcorn shrimp, a muffaletta sandwich and Louisiana seafood gumbo.

  1. 1031 N Rush St
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Trellis

Sous chef Josh Hutton crafted a Mardi Gras menu inspired by his culinary school years in Louisiana. Seafood gratin, gumbo, etouffee and boudin are just a few of the items featured on the festive menu.

  1. 2426 N Racine Ave
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Untitled

  • Price band: 3/4

Transport yourself to New Orleans with music from the Lowdown Brass Band and traditional Cajun and Creole cuisine, including a crawfish boil.

  1. 111 W Kinzie St
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