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Mardi Gras is fast approaching (this year falling on March 4) and Chicago's restaurants and bars are gearing up for Fat Tuesday celebrations. So before Lent hits (if that's your bag), check out these noteworthy spots to chow down on some Cajun/Southern Creole food and knock back a hurricane (or ten).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. EL Ideas

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2419 W 14th St
Chicago, IL 60618
(312) 226-8144
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If you're looking to live it up right this Mardi Gras, make your reservations now to Michelin-starred EL Ideas' celebration on March 4. Expect 12-14 courses for your $145 (per person). Alcohol is BYOB.

2. Dusek's

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1227 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 526-3851
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Dusek's and Punch House are celebrating Fat Tuesday with Jared Wentworth's Cajun twists, cocktail and beer specials, and live New Orleans-themed music on March 4.

3. Shaw's Crab House

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21 E Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 527-2722
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Shaw's Crab House will host their Sunday brunch on March 2 with Louisiana flair. For $55 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. guests can enjoy special Mardi Gras dishes such as Cajun oyster benedict and Hoppin' John.

4. Davis Street Fishmarket

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501 Davis St
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 869-3474
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Head to Evanston on March 4 for a cooking class at 5:30 ($25), as well as live music, free psychic and Tarot readings and prizes for best costumes.

5. Commonwealth Tavern

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2000 W Roscoe St
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 549-4225
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Newly opened Commonwealth gets into the Fat Tuesday action with $7 Hurricanes and $12 jambalaya from executive chef Kevin Church.

6. Untitled

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111 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 880-1511
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Untitled is hosting a Sailor Jerry rum event with a live brass band, a crawfish boil, and Sailor Jerry cocktails, of course, from 4:30 until midnight on Fat Tuesday. No cover.

7. Trellis

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2426 N Racine Ave
Chicago, IL
(773) 644-6441
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Trellis is serving up a whole new menu for Mardi Gras. Sous chef Josh Hutton, who lived in Louisiana for a number of years, has a hand in crafting dishes that include seafood gratin, gumbo pizza (?!), as well as an assortment of po' boys.

8. Newport Bar and Grill

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1344 W Newport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 325-9111
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Newport's the place to be for $4 Abita beer and Cajun, Brass Bands and Zydeco themed music this season.

9. Bub City

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435 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 610-4200
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Bub City will have its regular BBQ menu on March 4, but will also feature their take on gumbo, as well as an oyster po' boy ($9.95).

10. Carnivale Restaurant

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702 West Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 850-5005
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Featuring a special three-course prix fixe menu March 1 through March 4, Carnivale is mixing its Latin roots with N'Awlins cooking on dishes like Maine lobster etouffe featuring huitlacoche risotto.

11. Nouveau Tavern

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358 W Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 915-4100
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Nouveau Tavern will kick off Mardi Gras festivities on Feb. 28 with the opening of their Bourbon Street Lounge. Look for activities leading up to Fat Tuesday, including a New Orleans Jazz Sunday Brunch on Sunday, March 2.

12. Frontier

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1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 772-4322
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Check out Frontier chef Brian Jupiter's shrimp boil ($33 per person) on Tuesday, March 4. Guzzle down a $8 New Orleans gin fizz or a Sazerac.

13. Takito Kitchen

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2013 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 687-9620
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Celebrate Mardi Gras beginning Thursday, Feb. 27 at Takito Kitchen. Chef/partner David Dworshak will serve up a jambalaya taco ($15/$19 for 3/4) and try the bar's new blood orange margarita (get the BIG for $16).

14. Sunday Dinner Club Event Space

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3361 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

Sunday Dinner Club's upcoming dinners on February 28, March 1, 5 & 6 will feature a 6-course meal that includes black pepper popcorn shrimp salad, boudin balls and king's cake for $85 per person.

15. LuxBar

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18 E Bellevue Pl
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 642-3400
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Grab a Hurricane from Luxbar's Matthew “Choo” Lipsky to go with your corn meal crusted shrimp with spicy Creole sauce.

16. Cactus Bar & Grill

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404 S Wells St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 922-3830
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$20 gets you into Cactus' fourth annual crawfish eating contest on March 4, benefitting New Orleans Habitat for Humanity. The first-place winner receives a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant.

17. Division Ale House

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1942 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 384-6886
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This neighborhood staple is serving up jambalaya and a spicy shrimp po' boy for $10.99 each, as well as a special gumbo along with their drink specials from February 27-March 4.

18. Fat Cat Bar & Grill

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4840 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 506-3100
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Come out to Fat Cat on Saturday, March 1 for their Mardi Gras beer dinner featuring crawfish etouffee with mascarpone grits and braised greens along with three additional courses for $45 per person. Contact ChicagoEvents@Rocketmail.com for tickets.

1. EL Ideas

2419 W 14th St, Chicago, IL 60618

If you're looking to live it up right this Mardi Gras, make your reservations now to Michelin-starred EL Ideas' celebration on March 4. Expect 12-14 courses for your $145 (per person). Alcohol is BYOB.

2419 W 14th St
Chicago, IL 60618

2. Dusek's

1227 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

Dusek's and Punch House are celebrating Fat Tuesday with Jared Wentworth's Cajun twists, cocktail and beer specials, and live New Orleans-themed music on March 4.

1227 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608

3. Shaw's Crab House

21 E Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60611

Shaw's Crab House will host their Sunday brunch on March 2 with Louisiana flair. For $55 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. guests can enjoy special Mardi Gras dishes such as Cajun oyster benedict and Hoppin' John.

21 E Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60611

4. Davis Street Fishmarket

501 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201

Head to Evanston on March 4 for a cooking class at 5:30 ($25), as well as live music, free psychic and Tarot readings and prizes for best costumes.

501 Davis St
Evanston, IL 60201

5. Commonwealth Tavern

2000 W Roscoe St, Chicago, IL 60618

Newly opened Commonwealth gets into the Fat Tuesday action with $7 Hurricanes and $12 jambalaya from executive chef Kevin Church.

2000 W Roscoe St
Chicago, IL 60618

6. Untitled

111 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654

Untitled is hosting a Sailor Jerry rum event with a live brass band, a crawfish boil, and Sailor Jerry cocktails, of course, from 4:30 until midnight on Fat Tuesday. No cover.

111 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654

7. Trellis

2426 N Racine Ave, Chicago, IL

Trellis is serving up a whole new menu for Mardi Gras. Sous chef Josh Hutton, who lived in Louisiana for a number of years, has a hand in crafting dishes that include seafood gratin, gumbo pizza (?!), as well as an assortment of po' boys.

2426 N Racine Ave
Chicago, IL

8. Newport Bar and Grill

1344 W Newport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Newport's the place to be for $4 Abita beer and Cajun, Brass Bands and Zydeco themed music this season.

1344 W Newport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

9. Bub City

435 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60610

Bub City will have its regular BBQ menu on March 4, but will also feature their take on gumbo, as well as an oyster po' boy ($9.95).

435 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60610

10. Carnivale Restaurant

702 West Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60661

Featuring a special three-course prix fixe menu March 1 through March 4, Carnivale is mixing its Latin roots with N'Awlins cooking on dishes like Maine lobster etouffe featuring huitlacoche risotto.

702 West Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60661

11. Nouveau Tavern

358 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654

Nouveau Tavern will kick off Mardi Gras festivities on Feb. 28 with the opening of their Bourbon Street Lounge. Look for activities leading up to Fat Tuesday, including a New Orleans Jazz Sunday Brunch on Sunday, March 2.

358 W Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60654

12. Frontier

1072 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Check out Frontier chef Brian Jupiter's shrimp boil ($33 per person) on Tuesday, March 4. Guzzle down a $8 New Orleans gin fizz or a Sazerac.

1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

13. Takito Kitchen

2013 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

Celebrate Mardi Gras beginning Thursday, Feb. 27 at Takito Kitchen. Chef/partner David Dworshak will serve up a jambalaya taco ($15/$19 for 3/4) and try the bar's new blood orange margarita (get the BIG for $16).

2013 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

14. Sunday Dinner Club Event Space

3361 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Sunday Dinner Club's upcoming dinners on February 28, March 1, 5 & 6 will feature a 6-course meal that includes black pepper popcorn shrimp salad, boudin balls and king's cake for $85 per person.

3361 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

15. LuxBar

18 E Bellevue Pl, Chicago, IL 60610

Grab a Hurricane from Luxbar's Matthew “Choo” Lipsky to go with your corn meal crusted shrimp with spicy Creole sauce.

18 E Bellevue Pl
Chicago, IL 60610

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16. Cactus Bar & Grill

404 S Wells St, Chicago, IL 60607

$20 gets you into Cactus' fourth annual crawfish eating contest on March 4, benefitting New Orleans Habitat for Humanity. The first-place winner receives a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant.

404 S Wells St
Chicago, IL 60607

17. Division Ale House

1942 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

This neighborhood staple is serving up jambalaya and a spicy shrimp po' boy for $10.99 each, as well as a special gumbo along with their drink specials from February 27-March 4.

1942 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

18. Fat Cat Bar & Grill

4840 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640

Come out to Fat Cat on Saturday, March 1 for their Mardi Gras beer dinner featuring crawfish etouffee with mascarpone grits and braised greens along with three additional courses for $45 per person. Contact ChicagoEvents@Rocketmail.com for tickets.

4840 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60640

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