With so many Chicago Mardi Gras events, there’s no need to head to New Orleans to enjoy a dose of amusement this weekend. Chicago is playing its part with Mardi Gras bar crawls, themed dinners, drink specials and more. Plus, the party continues on Fat Tuesday. We rounded up the best Mardi Gras events in Chicago to get you in the spirit.

Dark Horse Tap & Grille

3443 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-248-4400

If your weekend revelries take you to Wrigleyville and you’re looking for a taste of New Orleans, The Dark Horse Tap & Grille has your back. Enjoy a Paulina Meat Market smoked Cajun-style Andouille sausage with bourbon molasses mustard ($10) and pours of New Belgium Voodoo Ranger IPA ($6) Friday through Tuesday.

World’s Largest Mardi Gras Bar Crawl

Rush & Division bar district

If you’re looking for something that could be just as fun and sloppy as Bourbon Street, the World’s Largest Mardi Gras Bar Crawl might do the trick. The crawl, formerly hosted at Navy Pier, includes stops at Coconutz, Lodge Tavern and Hangge-Uppe. Tickets include two drink tickets, booze specials ($4 Bud Lights, $5 specialty cocktails), beads, masks and entertainment. 2-8 p.m. Saturday. $32.70. Tickets: eventbrite.com

Kirkwood Bar & Grill

 2934 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-770-0700

Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s finally time to party outside again. This Lakeview bar is hosting its first-ever Mardi Gras celebration in the beer garden. A wristband includes food and drink throughout the duration of the event. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. $20. Tickets: eventbrite.com

2017 Mardi Gras Bar Crawl

940 W. Weed St. 312-337-3486

Get your drink on at this Lincoln Park bar crawl that starts at Joe’s on Weed Street and extends to Burger Bar, Sono Wood Fired and Weeds Tavern. Tickets include two $5 gift cards for food or drink, limited masks and beads, no cover and a photo hunt. 2-8 p.m. Saturday. $20. Tickets: eventbrite.com

Chicago Party Boat

200 N. Breakwater Access

Transport yourself to the Bayou—er, Lake Michigan—on the Mardi Gras Booze Cruise. Departing from DuSable Harbor, experience magnificent views of the Chicago skyline while drinking and dancing to a live DJ. Did we mention it’s on a yacht? 8:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday. $30-$40. Tickets: eventbrite.com

House of Blues

329 N. Dearborn St. 312-923-2000

House of Blues is capturing the spirit of the French Quarter on Fat Tuesday. The celebration includes a performance by the Lowdown Brass Band at 5:30 p.m. and the Sweet Potato Zydeco Band at 8 p.m. Enjoy a tarot card reading, NOLA-style street characters, magic, beer from Abita Brewing Company ($4), hurricanes ($6), a crawfish boil and more. 5 p.m.-midnight Tuesday. Free. Register: eventbrite.com

Duffy’s Tavern

420 W. Diversey Parkway 773-549-9090

Duffy’s will bring the Bayou to you with their Fat Tuesday party. A three-hour meal and drink package includes well drinks, wine, hurricanes, Bud/Bud Light drafts and a Cajun food buffet. 8-11 p.m. Tuesday. $20. Tickets: eventbrite.com

Fat Cat

4840 N. Broadway St. 773-506-3100

Stuff your gullet at an all-you-can-eat crawfish boil buffet at Fat Cat on Fat Tuesday. There are two seatings available, and the feast includes chicken and Andouille sausage jambalaya, gulf shrimp and grits, red beans and rice, Cajun fried catfish, hush puppies and more. 5:30 and 8 p.m. $30. Tickets: eventbrite.com


1072 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-772-4322

Celebrate Fat Tuesday at Frontier with a classic shrimp boil. Enjoy music by the Four Star Brass Band while you munch on red beans and rice ($10) and shrimp po’ boys ($13). Wash it all down with hurricanes ($5) and sazeracs ($6). 6 p.m. Tuesday. $35. Tickets: thefrontierchicago.com


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