Mardi Gras

Whether you consider it Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Paczki Day, or any combination of the three, make sure you're enjoying it to the fullest extent today in Chicago. Fill up on sweets, indulge on paczkis, or catch some live New Orleans-themed music to celebrate the day, and night, of this year's Fat Tuesday.

Grab a Paczki at Delightful Pastries

Delightful Pastries

Honor the Polish tradition of making and eating paczki celebrate Fat Tuesday at Delightful Pastries, with multiple locations across the city. This tradition stems from the need for people in Poland to use up all of the sugar, eggs and fruit in their house before Lent. Paczki, made from these ingredients, are eaten at the traditional Polish Fat Thursday feast, which marks the end of Carnival, and enjoyed up until Ash Wednesday. Spend your lunch money on a packi (or several) from Delightful Pasties today, and bring some home to eat after dinner! 

Have Uber Deliver Your Paczki To You with #UberPACZKI !

Paczki Fat Tuesday

As we know, the hottest item on Fat Tuesday is a traditional Polish Paczki. Uber is paying tribute to this delicious tradition by allowing you to take to your Uber app, and have this delicious jelly-filled pastry delivered in minutes. For $20, you'll receive one half dozen Paczki from Do-Rite Donuts, festive Mardi Gras swag, and GoCycle passes (to sweat it out the next day). While supplies last, tap the "PACZKI" option in the Uber iPhone or Android app.

Enjoy Live New Orleans Music at Dusek's and Punch House


Celebrate the virbant sound of New Orleans this evening at Dusek's and Punch House. Pick a table, grab one of Jared Wentworth's Cajun twists, sip on a cocktail and beer special, and enjoy the smooth sounds of live New Orleans-themed music at this trendy Pilsen hotspot. 

Head to Commonwealth Tavern For Jumbalaya

Newly opened in Roscoe Village, Commonwealth is pulling out all the stops for this Fat Tuesday. Stop by today for $7 Hurricanes and $12 jambalaya from executive chef Kevin Church. This is some darn good jambalaya that will have you thinking it was homemade by your Southern grandma. 

Eat To Your Heart (And Stomach's) Content at Cactus Bar and Grill

Never before has $20 gotten you so much delicious food in one sitting. Cactus Bar and Grill's fourth annual crawfish eating contest takes place today, with proceeds benefitting New Orleans Habitat for Humanity. The first-place winner receives a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant! Not only are you enjoying some fantastic crawfish, but you're doing it for the greater good. And you most likely won't be hungry for days. 

Indulge this year in Chicago for Fat Tuesday!