Where to celebrate Mardi Gras in Chicago
Cajun and creole cooking are on the menu at Big Jones for Mardi Gras. Choose from both a la carte options and a prix fixe menu. Pick from dishes like an oyster po'boy, lump crab cakes and a blackened andouille po'boy. The prix fixe option is $33 and only available for dinner, but you'll pick from choices like gumbo, etoufee and jambalaya. Both menus are available February 10–March 2.
Alligator gumbo? Just for Mardi Gras. Grab this dish along with a muffaletta and chicken jambalaya to start your Mardi Gras festivities off on the right foot.
For a Mardi Gras-inspired menu, head to Carnivale. You'll be able to have dishes like coconut king cake and slow-cooked cod and shrimp stew. While you're eating, you can take in samba dancers, illumination dancers, drums and a dragon procession.
The annual Fat Tuesday Shrimp Boil is back at Frontier at 6pm, with tickets for $35 including all-you-can-eat shrimp, corn and potatoes with complimentary beads, masks and king cake for dessert. Drink specials like $5 Abita, $5 hurricanes and $6 sazeracs will be available all night long.
Enjoy specials like jambalaya ($13) and beignets ($8) paired with hurricanes and sazeracs for $7 starting at 5pm.
Head to Chicago Q for an all-you-can-eat crawfish boil with music from a jazz band. You can pick your tickets up on their website for $40, which include one drink ticket. You can also add dishes like house-boiled peanuts ($4) and beignets for $9, and grab a personal size of the crawfish boil for $21. The boil will take place on Saturday, February 25 from noon–4pm.
Celebrate the holiday at Easy Bar's "Big Easy" party with the release of New Belgium's Voodoo Ranger IPA. They'll be serving up the new beer for $6.50 while giving away beads and king cakes (while supplies last). Whoever finds a baby in their king cake will receive New Belgium swag.
Teaming up with Butcher & the Larder, Blackwood BBQ is offering up a smoked andouille po'boy February 22–28 available at all Blackwood BBQ locations until they sell out.
This Wicker Park spot will offer complimentary paczki to all guests starting at 5pm along with $6 "voodoo cocktails" and tarot card readings starting at 10pm. Not enough excitement? There will be $2 and $3 beers as well.
Get the party started at Brando's Speakeasy with $5 hurricanes and complimentary Mardi Gras beads. They'll also be hosting trivia in the Essaness room starting at 6:30pm with $4 bottles of Goose Island's 312 and Stella Artois.