Countdown to Mardi Gras The Good Times Roll to Fat Tuesday 

You don’t have to wait until Fat Tuesday to start celebrating Mardi Gras! BAPA, Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association, Mt. Greenwood Community and Business Association and 95th Street Business Association have created Countdown to Mardi Gras, a 19th Ward small business campaign with a carnival spirit. 

Back for a second year, Countdown to Mardi Gras culminates on Mardi Gras, Tues., Feb. 13. Businesses across the community will be letting the good times roll by decorating their store windows in the distinctive purple, green and gold Mardi Gras colors, and/or offering a themed food, drink, or activity for shoppers.  

New this year, customers will be voting for the businesses who offer the “Best of” in four categories: fanciful Mardi Gras window decorations, clever Mardi Gras-inspired activities, delectable New Orleans-style food, and festive Fat Tuesday-worthy beverages.  

Get in on the fun by stopping in local businesses to shop and enjoy the festivities – no passports are needed for this year’s campaign. And don’t forget to vote for your favorites! 

Find Mardi Gras themed food and/or drink specials at these locations: spicy gumbo and tequila Hurricanes, Feb. 1-13, Americanos, 11060 S. Western; treats from Sweet Freaks, Bookies, 10324 S. Western; dessert, The Drip Bakery, 1844 W. 95th St.; Voodoo Turkey Hoagie and lemonade, Flippin Flavors, 1848 W. 95th St.; Chicago’s Best Gumbo, Horse Thief Hollow, 10426 S. Western; homemade jambalaya on Feb. 13 and theme cocktails daily, Ken’s, 10522 S. Western; shrimp Po’ Boy and other specials, Nicky’s of Beverly, 10500 S. Western; themed treats, Sweet Freaks, 9927 S. Western; NOLA drinks, Andy’s Sunflower Cafe, 9920 S. Western; Hurricanes and other themed drinks, Blackthorn Pub, 3300 W. 111th St.; themed drinks, Franconello, 10222 S. Western; vanilla tea, Mosaics Boutique & Tea, 10448 S. Western, and NA drinks on Fridays, Sports and Ortho, 10909 S. Western. 

Find Mardi Gras themed activities at Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St.; Beverly Dry Goods, 1810 W. 103rd St.; Blazin’ Bodies, 10227 S. Western; Dez Deme House of Style, 2142 W. 95th St.; Everything’s Relative, 10548 S. Western; Express Med Spa, 3537 W. 111th St.; The LAB Nutrition, 2025 W. 95th St.; Oleander & Artesian, 9911 S. Walden Pkwy.; Soul Stretch & Wellness, 2108 W. 95th St., and Walker Branch Library, 11071 S. Hoyne. Complete details and dates are at bapa.org/countdown-to-mardi-gras/. 

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