Kick Off Lent with Mardi Gras Celebrations & Where To Find Culinary Eats For Lent in Chicago

It’s almost Fat Tuesday and the beginning of Lent – a time to celebrate and sacrifice. Yet, in a city with such culinary diversity as Chicago, a meatless diet seems less about sacrifice and more about scrumptious seasonal dishes. Here are some notable places to party or procure meatless eats!

Mardi Gras Celebrations:

STK Chicago, a vibey blend of the modern steakhouse and chic lounge, is hosting a traditional Mardi Gras celebration on February 28 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. with inspired cocktails and burlesque dancers. What more could you ask for?

9 West Kinzie St. | Chicago | 312.340.5636 |

Six Gold Coast Bars on Division Are Giving Away a Trip to New Orleans and More!

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). Other specials include:

Live Music from Boy Band Review at the Original Mother’s

Free Jambalaya at The Lodge Tavern

Create Your Own Masquerade Masks at Mother’s Too to the live Acoustic tunes of John Charles Weston

“Comedy Gras” at She-nannigans

Dancing and Limbo at Hangge-Uppe  

$6 Hurricanes and the Grand Prize New Orleans Trip Drawing at Midnight at Coconutz

Division Entertainment Street District Between State Street & Dearborn |

Chop Celebrates Mardi Gras with $1 Oysters and NOLA-Inspired Cocktail

Chop, the chic everyman’s steakhouse, is celebrating Mardi Gras for the weekend. From Friday, February 24 to Fat Tuesday, February 28, Chop will feature $1 oysters and $6 hurricane cocktails to have a NOLA-inspired weekend. Round off the meal with classic sirloin or one of Chop’s signature cocktails. Chop may not be on Bourbon Street, but the chic style provides the perfect atmosphere to celebrate one of Chicago’s favorite holidays.

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Chop Steakhouse

Next to the ShowPlace ICON Theatre at Roosevelt Collection, 150 W. Roosevelt Rd. | #chopchicago | 312.461.9333 |
Lent Culinary Delights

Classic Pepper & Egg – A Chicago Tradition.

Chicago is not only the creator of deep dish pizza and the Italian beef sandwich, it is home to the greatest Lenten creation of all time: The pepper and egg sandwich. Get your fix at these great Eateries:

Buona, Chicago’s Original Italian beef sandwich, has been serving pepper & egg on Fridays only since they opened in 1981.

Buona | 19 Chicagoland locations | Find the nearest location at:

Carlucci in Downers Grove is serving up its take on the pepper & egg for $10, along with delectable seafood selections featured on the Tuscan-inspired restaurant’s daily specials menu.

1801 Butterfield Rd. | Downers Grove, Ill. | 630.512.0990 |

Seafood Selections Abound at Coco Pazzo Restaurants

River North’s iconic Tuscan restaurant, Coco Pazzo, features fresh seafood including classic pastas: Linguine with Clams, Housemade Squid Ink Spaghetti and Penne all’Arrabbiata; entrees include Melanzane Parmigiana (eggplant), Verdure al Cartoccio, Salmone Arrosto, and more.

Sister restaurant Coco Pazzo Café serves Grilled Octopus with kale, tomato, olives, capers, crispy fried calamari with arrabiatta sauce, its famous seven vegetable chopped salad and a variety of meatless pastas and seafood items.

Coco Pazzo | 300 W. Hubbard St. |

Coco Pazzo Café | 212 East Ohio |

Fabulous Freddies Italian Eatery is nothing if not traditional. This Bridgeport icon features one of the city’s best pepper & egg creations every day of the year. The restaurant is also featuring housemade Bridgeport “punchkees” for $1 and scratch-made Fettuccine Alfredo with Shrimp for $8.

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701 West 31st Street, Chicago, Ill. | 312.808.0147 |