Yes, today is Mardi Gras. Whether you revel in the debauchery every year or choose to steer clear of it, here are some top picks for things to do this Tuesday -- Fat or otherwise.
BATTER UP: Get a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes at all IHOP restaurants to celebrate National Pancake Day, and in turn make a donation to help the Children's Miracle Network during the breakfast chain's fourth annual charity fundraiser. 7AM-10PM.
THE BIG EASY: Missed your flight to New Orleans? Head to The Spot in Uptown instead, where The Flaming Dames will perform in "Bourbon Street Burlesque." It's the next best thing to being at Mardi Gras. 10PM, $15.
FUNK IT UP: See "The Sophisticated Cissies," a tribute to The Meters, at Schubas tonight. Featuring members of several Chicago bands, the musicians will honor the legendary New Orleans funk, blues and dance band. 8PM, $5.