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Mardi Gras in Chicago

Mardi-Gras-in-ChicagoBrazilian Mardi Gras, BeadQuest, Mardi Gras Bash and Cajun Cooking Class

Chicago loves an excuse to party, and there’s nothing like a splashy, colorful Mardi Gras celebration to brighten up cloudy February days. From exotic masks to jambalaya, samba and beads galore, here’s where to join Chicago’s lively carnival events.


February 10, 2018

The TBOX crew knows a thing or two about season-themed gatherings in the Windy City – and their annual BeadQuest party for Mardi Gras tops them all. Fitting for a celebration tied to the French Quarter of New Orleans, BeadQuest is a pub crawl with participants hopping to and fro 20 different bars. However, the fun centers less on hurricane drinks than the colorful, collectible beads, which are iconic symbols of Mardi Gras. Numbered beaded necklaces get tossed throughout the 20 locations, with contests for collecting them all. Each stop includes Cajun food sampling.

Mystick Krewe of LAFF Mardi Gras Bash

February 3, 2018
Chicago Cultural Center

Head over to Chicago Cultural Center for a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras celebrations with a twist. Each year of the Mystick Krewe of LAFF Mardi Gras Bash carries a different theme, and 2018 glorifies the heroes in our lives. Deck yourself in a costume or mask with your own interpretation of “We Can Be Heroes!” Some of Chicago’s favorite tunemasters takes the stage at this shindig, including The Heard and Big Shoulders Brass Band. Tickets include Mystic Krewe’s special jambalaya feast with rum cocktails and red beans & rice.

Brazilian Mardi Gras by Chicago Samba

February 10, 2018
Logan Square Auditorium

Though New Orleans holds the Mardi Gras crown in America, the carnival season in Brazil is a worldwide riotous blowout every year. The decidedly tamerBrazilian Mardi Gras in Chicago is more about music and dancing, but the energy level is way, way UP. Whirling, twirling, foot-stomping dancers in full costume perform at the 2018 Carnaval celebration at Logan Square Auditorium on February 10. The action is nonstop until 2:30 a.m. with Brazilian dance music by Chicago Samba. Don’t think you’ll be sitting it out either – this is not just a spectator party. You’ll get free dance lessons along with caipirinha cocktails and spicy Brazilian food from Sinha Cuisine.

Mardi Gras Cooking Workshop

February 10
Alliance Francaise de Chicago

Get the carnival spirit going early with a late-morning Mardi Gras Party cooking workshop by Chef Madelaine at the Alliance Francaise de Chicago on Dearborn Street. For three hours, you’ll learn the secrets of genuine New Orleans dishes such as crabcakes remoulade, café brulot, chicken Andouille hash and sweet potato pecan pie. And of course, you’ll be enjoying the fruits of your labors along the way. Class starts at 11:15 a.m.

Living in the city gives you a chance to celebrate everyday life in one of American’s great metropolises. Stop by one of our Chicago apartment communities today for a free tour and leasing information.