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Fat Tuesday in Chicago

Plenty of things to do for those stuck in the city

Fat Tuesday is only a day away, and if you can’t make it to New Orleans to celebrate, there are many events to check out around Chicago tomorrow.

Cactus Bar and Grill, 404 S Wells, is hosting a crawfish eating contest to benefit Habitat for Humanity New Orleans on Fat Tuesday. The event is free to attend and $25 to enter. Contestants will attempt to eat 3 pounds of crawfish. The restaurant will also offer food and drink specials as well as free Mardi Gras accessories.

Carnivale will be hosted at 702 West Fulton Market at 7:00 p.m. The Fat Tuesday event will feature live music from Luciano Antonio and Planeta Azul, Passistas, samba dancers, a stilt walker, food and drink specials and a fire breather.

Crossroads at House of Blues Chicago, at 329 N Dearborn, is featuring a four course menu of Cajun and Creole favorites from 6 – 8 p.m. and live music performed by Marty Sammon and The New Mambo Kings. Today The Reader is offering a Reader Real Deal of $40 for this $80 event.

Duffy’s Tavern & Grill, 420 ½ Diversy, will offer a $20 Fat Tuesday party package that includes a New Orleans style buffet, Hurricanes and all draft beers. Hurricane Gumbo will be performing.

Durkin’s, 810 Diversy, will be offering $20 Bayou buffet, hurricanes and domestic drafts from 8 – 11 p.m.

The Fat Cat, 4840 N Broadway, is serving up a traditional Cajun buffet including crawfish boil, jambalaya, po’ boys, and king cakes for $9.95. Other specials include $4 Abita beers and $6 Hurricanes.

Fizz Chicago, 3220 N Lincoln, will showcase live music from BS Brass Band as well as a Cajun menu and Hurricane and Abita beer specials in honor of Fat Tuesday.

Moonshine Brewing Company, 1824 W Division, will feature a crawfish boil ($7 per half pound basket or $12 per pound) and fresh gumbo ($3 per cup $5 per pound). $6 Hurricanes will also be available.

Moe’s Cantina, 155 W Kinzie, is offering food and drink specials such as Andouille sausage and Chihuahua cheese quesadillas for $8, Creole-style chicken, shrimp and Andouille sausage jambalaya for $5 and Hurricanes for $6.

Shaw’s Crab House, 21 E Hubabrd St, will feature a performance by the  Fabulous Fish Heads Blues Band from 7-10 p.m. New Orleans items such as crawfish po’ boys, blackened redfish, jambalaya, gumbo and more will be offered. Hurricanes and half-priced oysters will also be available.

The Southern, 1840 W North, will feature a Dixieland band and a low country boil for $10. Special edition Abita Oyster Stout and Dry Hopped Restoration Ale will also be featured.

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