Thanks to the presence of many Louisiana natives who arrived in the city during the Great Migration, Mardi Gras celebrations are very popular in Chicago. Throughout February, look out for special Mardi Gras events.
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 6-13 2024, New Orleans native and James Beard Semi-Finalist Chef Brian Jupiter serves up “Krew of de Ina Mardi Gras Pop-Up,” with $10 Nola classic cocktails, king cakes, live music, a Mardi Gras Drag performance, and a Blues Brunch. There’s also the regular Ina Mae Tavern menu of mainstays like red beans and rice, blackened shrimp, gumbo and beignets. Reservations are recommended.
5347 N. Clark
For creative takes on Mardi Gras fare, head to Big Jones, where a special Mardi Gras menu on February 13th 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 at Timeout Market
916 W. Fulton Market
March on down to Time Out Market for Fat Tuesday Dinner on, February 13, 2024, for Mardi Gras at the Market. Enjoy treats like crawfish etouffee and catfish po’boys at the French Quarter Kitchen pop-up. There will also be beads, masks and live music.
Roll into Hyde Park for a Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday celebration at Norman’s Bistro on February 13, 2024. Indulge in masks, beads, creole delicacies and lots of dancing and music.