Thanks to the presence of many Lousiana natives who arrived in the city during the Great Migration, Mardi Gras celebrations are very popular in Chicago. From traditional creole feasts of jambalaya, gumbo, and boudin balls, to mini parades, jazz and drinks, the joyous tradition of commemorating the last days of revelry before Lent comes alive in Chicago. Check out these events and specials to celebrate Mardi Gras in Chicago in the best liassez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll) style.
Ina Mae Tavern
1415 N. Wood St.
From February 25- March 1, New Orleans native and James Beard Semi-Finalist Chef Brian Jupiter serves up “5 Days of Mardi Gras” with $10 Nola classic cocktails, live music and peel and eat shrimp or crawfish plates. There’s also the regular Ina Mae Tavern menu of mainstays like red beans and rice, blackened shrimp, gumbo and beignets. Reservations are recommended.
1462 E. 53rd St.
Consider a Mardi Gras party at home with Virtue Restuarant’s daily menu of Mardi Gras pick up and delivery options. Choose from delectable essentials like shrimp etouffee, fried shrimp po’boy or blackened catfish. Call ahead to find out the specials; 773-947-8831.
5347 N. Clark
For creative takes on Mardi Gras fare, head to Big Jones, where a special Mardi Gras menu features alligator and andouille sausage, seafood okra gumbo and crawfish etouffee and an array of po’ boy selections. There are also king cakes to order by the slice or whole.
Mardi Gras Carnival 2022
Hard Rocke Cafe
63 W. Ontario
On February 26, dive into a full-on Mardi Gras celebration with samba dancers, party favors, and a king and queen of Mardi Gras crowning ceremony. Live DJs and a role menu are included in the event, with tickets starting at $20.
702 W. Fulton Market
For Carnivale’s namesake party, a DJ, samba dancers, a dragon parade and a menu offering shrimp and grits as well as andouille sausage and chicken gumbo kicks off on February 25 from 5-10 PM.