Mardi Gras On Division

Mardi Gras comes to The Gold Coast’s Division Street Entertainment District on Tuesday, February 28. Mardi Gras, one of Chicago’s most popular party holidays, is being celebrated six ways across six bars, with a midnight drawing for a trip to New Orleans, LA.

Revelers who collect Mardi Gras beads at all six participating bars will be entered into the drawing for the trip to New Orleans. The prize includes Amtrak tickets and two nights at the French Quarter’s legendary Hotel Monteleone (located in the heart of the District at 214 Royal Street). The drawing will be held at Coconutz. Festivities include everything from limbo contests and feasting on free jambalaya to dancing to Boy Band Review and taking part in “Comedy Gras”.

The evening’s line-up includes:

Free Jambalaya at The Lodge Tavern

The iconic bar will be keeping the party going (it will have celebrated its 60th anniversary the night before) by serving classic New Orleans fare for Fat Tuesday. Sister bar Coconutz will be cooking up the jambalaya, which will be served from 8 p.m. until they run out!

Create Your Own Masquerade at Mother’s Too

From 8 p.m. to midnight guests can create their very own Mardi Gras mask while listening to live music by John Charles Weston. Mother’s Too will provide the supplies, guests are expected bring the creativity.

“Comedy Gras” at She-nannigans

Comedy will fatten up Tuesday at She-nannigans House of Beer. Laugh Factory regular Jeff Arcuri headlines and will be joined by Danny Kallas, Allison Dunne, Russ Williamson and Abi Sanchez. It’ll the place to laissez les bons temps rouler NOLA-style!

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Boy Band Review at the Original Mother’s

Party like its 1990-something to the tunes of Boy Band Review, a group that is often referred to as the best Boy Band Tribute Show in the country! Bringing all the dancing, harmonies and energy, Boy Band Review transports audience members back in time to the days of frosted tips and hunky frontmen professing their undying love.

Dipping Low at Hangge-Uppe  

How low can you go? Find out at the city’s favorite dance club during their second-line limbo competition. The competition will be spiked up with drink specials, including $6 Burnt City brews and $6 Fireball shots.

$6 Hurricanes and a Lagniappe at Coconutz!

Hurricanes, the iconic drinks served up and down Bourbon Street, will be flowing at Coconutz, Division Street’s island bar. Coconutz will also host the drawing for revelers festive enough to obtain beads from each of the participating bars by midnight.
Division Entertainment Street District Between State Street and Dearborn in Chicago’s Gold Coast |

Participating Venues include: The Hangge-Uppe (14 W. Elm), The Lodge Tavern (21 W. Division), Original Mother’s (26 W. Division), Mother’s Too (14 W. Division), She-nannigans House of Beer (16 W. Division), and Coconutz (13 W. Division)