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Mardi Gras food and drink specials

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

Courtesy of Shaw's Crab House
Shrimp po'boys are part of the Mardi Gras menu at Shaw's Crab House.

If you can't make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year, don't worry: There are specials on hurricanes, po'boys, all-you-can-eat crawfish boils and paczki at some of the best Chicago restaurants and bars. These Mardi Gras food and drink specials are happening on Fat Tuesday, February 17, unless otherwise noted.

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Where to celebrate Mardi Gras in Chicago

The Barrelhouse Flat

Critics' pick

Barrelhouse Flat offers a menu of classic New Orleans cocktails on Tuesday, with Pimm's cups, sazeracs, absinthe frappes and more. Aaron "Giggles" Getsug will play big band music throughout the evening.

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North Side

Bar Takito

The first 100 people wearing a Mardi Gras mask or beads will get $1 margaritas.

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West Loop

The Boundary

The Boundary will be tapping a barrel of Bell’s Brewery Consecrator Doppelbock, and selling 11-ounce pours for $8. 

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Wicker Park

Bub City

Bub City celebrates from February 12–17 with frozen hurricanes and sazeracs for $10, plus gumbo for $11.95.

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River North

DMK Burger Bar

Critics' pick

DMK Burger Bar is serving up a particularly decadent dish for Mardi Gras: two grass-fed beef patties with Cajun spices topped with Swiss cheese, Creole tomato ketchup, arugula, red onion and mustard, all served on a paczki.

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Lakeview

Henry's Swing Club

Henry's party is straight out of the French Quarter, with frozen hurricanes, sazeracs, vieux carres and other New Orleans cocktails, plus muffaletta sandwiches and a performance by Andrew Diehl & The Nightmen.

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River North

Howells & Hood

Howells & Hood is serving up a Cajun-inspired menu, including Louisianan frito misto and red fish with dirty rice.

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Magnificent Mile

Hub 51

Celebrate with a frozen hurricane special, available in a pint glass for $8 or a pitcher for $32.

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River North

Nacional 27

Critics' pick

Nacional 27 gets into the Mardi Gras spirit from February 17–21 with daily specials, including $5 hurricanes on Tuesday and a cocktail class on Thursday.

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River North
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