Revel in the Mardi Gras spirit right here in the 19th Ward! Our business districts are coming together for three weeks of community and shopping events, with a closing celebration Feb. 19 at Cork & Kerry.

During Countdown to Mardi Gras, you can visit decorated business windows, shop themed merchandise, enjoy New Orleans cuisine and drinks, and attend festive events. Starting Tues., Jan. 31, pick up a passport at any participating business. Collect 10 stickers for your chance to win a “Bucks Stay Here” e-gift card and prizes at our Feb. 19 party! Earn passport stickers by:

  1. Attending a special event listed on this page.
  2. Making a purchase at a participating business.
  3. Posting a photo to social media with the hashtag #countdowntoMG.

Bring your passport to Cork & Kerry on Feb. 19 for the gift card raffle and your chance to win door prizes. You can also drop off your passport at Chicago Lockbox, 3400 W. 111th Street, or at BAPA, 1744 W. 99th Street, through Feb. 24 at 4 pm.

Join us Sunday, February 19, for the all-ages finale to Countdown to Mardi Gras! 

Cork & Kerry
1–5 pm
2:30–4:30 live music performance from Zydeco band Le Travaillant

Door prizes and raffle, cash bar, & New Orleans-inspired food for purchase from local restaurants, including Calabria, The Drip, Flippin Flavors, Jerk 48, Let’s Get Poppin, & Wonderburger. Costumes encouraged!

Join BAPA in February to get your free Love Where You Live Mardi Gras T-shirt and beads!

Events & Shopping Specials

Mardi Gras Stick Mask Making
Walker Branch Library
11071 S. Hoyne Ave.
Sundays, 1/29, 2/5, 1–4 pm
Saturday, 2/11, 1–4 pm

BU Cocktails 
Now It’s Yours Consignment
1816 W. 103rd St.
Weekends during the promotion, 1–6 pm

Family Mardi Gras Storytime & Party
Beverly Branch Library
1962 W. 95th St.
Monday, 2/6, 6–7 pm

Mardi Gras Self Care Night
Everything’s Relative
10548 S. Western Ave.
Tuesday, 2/7, 5–8 pm
Face & hair masques, Aveda raffle, piano by Conrad Black, & tarot readings; $25/pp. Call 773-941-6565 to reserve

Mardi Gras-themed Workout with DJ Myles
F45 Training
3246 W. 111th St.
Saturday, 2/11, 7:30–9 am

Mardi Gras Music & Trivia Games
The Funky Monkey
2152 W. 95th St.
Saturday, 2/11, 8 am–2:30 pm

Sip & Shop with Special Discounts
John Wesley Eyewear Designs
10735 S. Western Ave.
Saturday, 2/11, 11 am–5pm
Snacks, sips, and festive giveaways

Mardi Gras & Valentine’s Chocolate Making Class
Cakewalk Chicago
1741 W. 99th St.
Saturday, 2/11, 4–5:30 pm
Use mardigras discount code when you register

Mardi Gras Cardio-Drumming Class
Live and Believe (LAB) Nutrition
2025 W. 95th St.
Friday & Saturday, 2/17 & 18, 11 am

Mardi Gras Market
Jazzy Ladies Jewels Boutique
2261 W. 111th St.
Saturday, 2/18, 10 am–5 pm
Free gift with purchase over $10

Mardi Gras Beads Giveaway
The Plug
3652 W. 111th St.
Saturday, 2/18, 10 am–6 pm

Chocolate Coins 
Beverly Dry Goods
1810 W. 103rd St.
Saturday, 2/18, 11 am–4 pm
Chocolate coins for kids & Mardi Gras merchandise

Gumbo & Cocktails
The Bloom Bar
9909 S. Walden Pkwy
Saturday, 2/18, 11 am–1 pm

Mardi Gras Painting Workshop
Ancestry Moon Art Studio
Saturday, 2/18, 2–4 pm
$20/pp for an 11×14” canvas

Mardi Gras Sip & Shop
Made Artisan Collaborative
1802 W. 103rd St.
Saturday & Sunday, 2/18 & 19, 11 am–4 pm
Sales, New Orleans-style cocktails & snacks

Mardi Gras DJ Night
Nicky’s of Beverly
10500 S. Western Ave.
Tuesday, 2/21, 6–9 pm
John Dreznes of Beverly Records spinning Mardi Gras tunes

Food & Drink Specials

AmericanosEl Niño cocktail

AndySunflower Cafe—French Quarter lattes, sweet and savory lattes topped with Mardi Gras sprinkles

Calabria—Muffaletta sandwich

Flippin Flavors—Voodoo sandwich

Grant’s Wonderburger—Fried Shrimp Po Boy

Horse Thief Hollow—Beignets, Cajun Crab Rangoon, Gumbo, Creole Cobb Salad, Hoppin’ John Veggie Burger, Andouille Sausage

La Fiesta—Rum Hurricane cocktail

Let’s Get Poppin—Jalepeño & Poppin Pepper, plus 10% off orders over $10 on Wednesdays through 2/19

Live and Believe (LAB) Nutrition—Smoothie & energy tea combo starting 2/1

Markland-Hubbard—Dark roasted and chicory coffee

Nicky’s of Beverly—Shrimp Po Boy, Fried Oyster Po Boy, Vegan Shrimp Po Boy, Crawfish Gumbo

Now It’s Yours Consignment—Themed drinks from BU Cocktails

Open Outcry—Mini Mardi Gras menu

Sweet Freaks—Mardi Gras candy & chocolates

The Funky Monkey—Specialty smoothie

The Drip Bakery—Mardi Gras themed desserts

Party Supplies

Beverly Dry Goods—Mardi Gras themed merchandise such as Hurricane Mixers, King Cake Kits, Chicory Coffee, Sazerac Candied Pecans, and Pralines

Let’s Get Poppin—Mardi Gras themed popcorn

Sweet Freaks—Mardi Gras candy & chocolate

Family Fun

Mardi Gras Stick Mask Making
Walker Branch Library
11071 S. Hoyne Ave.
Sundays 1/29, 2/5 1–4 pm
Saturday, 2/11 1–4 pm

Mardi Gras Family Storytime & Party
Beverly Branch Library
1962 W. 95th St.
Monday, 2/6 6–7 pm

Featured Participants

Afro Joe’s 

AJ Uniform

Ancestry Moon Art Studio LLC

AndySunflower Cafe


Bailey Acupuncture

Barney Callaghan’s

Barraco’s – 95th & 111th St. locations

Belle Up

Beverly Area Planning Association

Beverly Bakery 

Beverly Bank

Beverly Branch Public Library

Beverly Dry Goods

Beverly Hills Garage

The Bloom Bar


Bookish Literacy Center

Cakewalk Chicago

Calabria Imports

Chicago Beauty Boutique

Chris Webber State Farm

Cork and Kerry

County Fair Foods

Dez DeMe House

The Drip Bakery

Essential Creations

Everything’s Relative

Express Med Spa

F45 Training 

Fat Tommy’s

Flippin’ Flavors


Funky Monkey Juice Bar

Garrity Travel

Grant’s Wonderburger



Horse Thief Hollow 

Jazzy Ladies Jewels Boutique

Jerk 48

John Wesley Eyewear

Joplin Marley

La Fiesta

Let’s Get Poppin’

Live and Believe (LAB) Nutrition

Lunette’s (Langle Optometry)

Made Artisan Collaborative

Markland-Hubbard Coffee

Mercer Allstate

Miss Purl

Mosaics Boutique & Tea

Nicky’s of Beverly 

Nicole Marie Salon

Now It’s Yours Consignment

O’Chara Wax & Skincare Studio

Ohana Ice & Treats

Open Outcry 

The Plug 

RMH Design

Root Consignment

Running Excels

S & T Provisions

Shrader’s Goods

Southtown Health Foods 

Steubers Florist 

Swanson’s Deli 

Sweet Freaks Chocolates

Tranquility Salon

Turkey Chicago

Two Mile Coffee Bar

Walker Branch Public Library

Wholehealth Chicago