As the French would say, “laissez les bons temps rouler” or “let the good times roll” with one of these Mardi Gras events in suburban Chicago. For a complete calendar of events covering Chicago’s suburbs, visit Pioneer Local’s calendar.
Los Po-Boy-Citos, 9 p.m. Feb. 28, Berwyn
The band from New Orleans performs Latin-inspired jazz and funk. FitzGerald’s Nightclub, 6615 Roosevelt Road. $10.
French Stories and Mardi Gras Masks, 9:30 a.m. March 1, Lincolnshire
Create a Mardi Gras mask and listen to “Cinderella” in French, presented by members of the Stevenson High School Honor Society. For children in Kindergarten through second grade. Registration required. Vernon Area Public Library District, 300 Olde Half Day Road. Free event.
‘Cendrillon,’ 11 a.m. March 1, Wheeling
Students in kindergarten through third grade can celebrate Mardi Gras with a story presented by students from Stevenson High School’s French Honor Society, followed by mask making for the holiday. Tickets are required and will be distributed 30 minutes prior to the event. Indian Trails Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road.
Paczki Eating Contest, 2 p.m. March 1, Evanston
This year, the bakery is adding a two-man team option. But the rules are still simple — whomever eats the most paczki in five minutes wins. For sign up sheets or more information, call www.bennisonscakes.com or visit 847-328-9434. Proceeds benefit Secondhand Snoots, an animal rescue foundation in Gurnee. Bennison’s Bakery, 1000 Davis St. $25 entry fee.
Kiddie Gras: A Mardi Gras Family Event, 4 p.m. March 1, Glenview
Celebrate Mardi Gras with crafts, games, music, snacks and activities. Registration required. Glenview Park Center, 2400 Chestnut Ave. $7-$11.25.
Mardi Gras Party, 9:30 p.m. March 1, Wauconda
Celebrate the French-cajun holiday with live music and more. Lindy’s Landing, 115 Park St.
Mardi Gras Party, 9 a.m. March 4, Franklin Park
Bingo starts at 9 a.m., followed by a noon lunch (New England clam chowder, mixed salad, poached salmon fillet, Nantucket vegetable blend and blueberry/white chocolate cheesecake) and a 1 p.m. raffle. Reservations required. Franklin Park Senior Center, 10040 Addison St. $3 for seniors.
Mardi Gras in Evanston, 11 a.m. March 4, Evanston
2014 marks the market’s 29th annual Mardi Gras and highlights New Orleans’ voodoo culture. Customers can get free psychic and Tarot readings and enjoy live music by Sanctified Grumblers. Masquerades are welcome and prizes will be given for first, second and third place costumes. Davis Street Fishmarket, 501 Davis Street. Free event.
Mardi Gras Story Time, 4 p.m. March 4, Elmwood Park
Celebrate Mardi Gras with stories, songs and a parade for children ages 4 to 8. Elmwood Park Public Library, 1 W. Conti Parkway.
Fat Tuesday Beer & Trivia Night, 6:30 p.m. March 4, Northbrook
Includes a beer with commemorative Whole Planet Foundation pint glass, a basket of creole fries and a slice of king cake, as well as trivia. Whole Foods Market, 840 Willow Road. $15 donation.
Creole Stomp, 7:30 p.m. March 4, Arlington Heights
Celebrate Fat Tuesday with the authentic New Orleans-style jazz band. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St. $28.
Mardi Gras Indoor Carnival, 11 a.m. March 8, Elmwood Park
Kids can celebrate Mardi Gras with an inflatable obstacle course, a hot air balloon jump, carnival games, prizes, food vendors and crafts. Students in grades six and younger can enjoy the kids carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and students in grades seven to 12 can enjoy teen night from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Elmwood Park Recreation Center, 2 Conti Parkway.
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