10 Ways to Celebrate Fat Tuesday in Chicago

Get in the Carnival spirit without leaving the city.

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Nacional 27 (325 W. Huron) offers food and drink specials all weekend long kicking off March 4 with Sambodromo, a colorful, festive parade featuring live dancers and performances from 11pm – 1am. Club N27 plays Brazilian beats on Saturday night including samba dance lessons. Enjoy live music by Bossa Tres on Fat Tuesday.
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Faith & Whiskey celebrates Fat Tuesday Party with $2 domestic beer bottles and $5 "Rock You Like A Hurricane" drinks, even though any songs by the Scorpions don't seem exactly Carnival-inspired.
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The Pony (1638 W Belmont) features a number of themed food and drink specials including $5 Hurricanes and $7 Bourbon Street Chicken Sizzlers.
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Lottie's Pub (1925 W. Cortland) offers $5 drink specials through Tuesday including Hurricanes and Hand Grenades in souvenir cups, plus, get your grub on with New Orleans fare such a chicken or shrimp Po-Boys with a side of Jambalaya and Andouille Cajun pizza. Thursday - Saturday, 1925 W. Cortland
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HUB 51 (51 W. Hubbard St) throws down N'Awlins style with a a special on Hurricanes, the Mardi Gras drink of choice. First one is 10 bucks and each additional one is $8.
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Carnivale (702 W. Fulton St.) celebrates Fat Tuesday with live music from Carpacho & Su Super Combo, sexy samba dancing with dancers from Shirley Vieira of Brasil via Chicago, a stilt walker and a Carnival-inspired menu.
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Trader Todd's hosts a Fat Cat Tuesday Mardi Gras benefit. A $15 donation gets you three drink tickets which you can use to drink Hurricanes and a vegetarian and vegan buffet from 6-8 p.m.
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Division Street turns into Bourbon Street on Fat Tuesday, setting up the ultimate bar crawl. Bootleggers, The Original Mother’s and She-nannigans House of Beer all offer special Carnival-inspired specials and the Big Shoulders Brass Band plays in the street along with street freaks and stilt walkers. More information at www.RushAndDivision.com.
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The Fifty/50's Fat Tuesday Party includes a number of themed cocktail specials and a "Big Beads" contest that awards a prize to the person who collects the most beads throughout the night. We'll leave it to your imagination how that all goes down.
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John Barleycorn Schaumburg celebrates Fat Tuesday (1100 American Lane) with DJ Wizz Kid spinning an upbeat "Mardi Gras Mix" of Big Easy music and Top 40. Giveaways include beads, coins, and cups and plenty of drink specials to get you in the party mood.
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