6 Places That Bring Louisiana Spirit to Chicago for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is a time for celebration, togetherness, and more importantly, great food. If a trip to New Orleans isn’t in the cards, Chicago has you covered. We’re sharing six places that bring that signature Louisiana flare to Chicago so you can celebrate locally. Laissez le bon temps rouler (let the good times roll)!

Buddy Guy’s Legends

Come in to Buddy Guy’s Legends and enjoy incredible blues performances, as well as Louisiana-style Cajun and soul food. There is no shortage of savory options, but our eyes are on their award-winning dishes; Buddy Guy’s gumbo, jambalaya, and catfish po’boys. If you’re looking for dinner (or lunch) and a show, look no further.

Café Fifolet

Fifolet are mystical legendary blue lights that float above the bayou in Louisiana. Folklore says that following the ball of light (fifolet) will lead to treasure. Follow Café Fifolet’s light to Damen and Division and find treasure in the form of delicious gumbo and jambalaya.

Café Touché

Café Touché brings some of the most authentic French flavors to Chicago. Featuring brunch, lunch, and dinner, you can find Louisiana-inspired dishes throughout. Enjoy a special menu during the week of Mardi Gras as well as a party on Tuesday, March 5th.


While Carnivale is known for its Latin-Fusion fare, there is no denying that they know how to celebrate. This year they are hosting a Mardi Gras Celebration where they’ll bring the taste of Mardi Gras. In addition to an exclusive, one-day only menu by Chef Ozzy Amelotti, Carnivale will be bringing live entertainment.

Heaven on Seven

Chef Jimmy Bannos of Heaven on Seven has a fierce passion for Cajun and Creole and that passion shows in his classic and inspired New Orleans-style dishes. From po’boys to étouffées, you’ll find a plethora of flavor packed bites. Bannos’ goal is to provide the best Louisiana-style cuisine outside of New Orleans.

Kingston Mines

New Orleans is considered to be one of the most vibrant live-music scenes. Kingston Mines has graced Chicago with its blues presence since 1968, showcasing talent seven nights a week. Don’t forget to grab a bite from their extensive menu. Items like Cajun dressed dishes and po’boys adorned with Kingston Mines Remoulade sauce can’t be missed.

Written by Samantha Shreve
Samantha Shreve is the digital content specialist at @properties.