So much to eat and drink, so little time. Our guide on things to eat and drink in Chicago over the coming month: breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, cocktails, craft beer and more.

Mardi Gras Food Alligator Gumbo

1. Alligator Gumbo

Chef Isidris at Boundary will be whipping up some Mardi Gras food specials, and one in particular stood out – the Alligator Gumbo. Alligator meat, Andouille Sausage, “The Trinity”, and long grain rice, with just the right amount of heat to not mask any other flavor or texture. Available Monday March 3rd – Sunday March 9th only.

irish breakfast

2. Special Irish Breakfast

What is an Irish Breakfast? Well, for one day only, Howells & Hood serve up House made sausage and cured bacon, black pudding, potato farls, baked beans, fried egg, and brown bread as part of their Guinness Post-Parade Party on Saturday, March 15th. Wash it down with a couple of pints of Guinness, and take in the festivities happening throughout the day (more info here).

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3. Rumchata Nog

It is cold out. Yes, still. The positive spin on this scenario, is that we are still in the mood to sit down next to a fireplace and enjoy a winter warmer cocktail. Enter, the Rumchata Nog at South Branch. RumChata, Kahlua, Stoli Vanilla Vodka, Baileys. Get your gloves on.

BRUNCH Wild Mushroom Potato Hash

4. Wild Mushroom Potato Hash

Brunch in Chicago is a real treat, and Sweetwater is a great example. In the summer the patio is the perfect place to people watch, and in the colder months the Wild Mushroom Potato Hash is warming and delicious, with portobello and shiitake mushrooms, bacon, and over easy egg.

Bells Consecrator Doppelbock

5. Bell’s Consecrator Doppelbock

Just tapped at Old Town Pour House – Oak Brook, Bells Consecrator Doppelbock. A well balanced, full bodied beer with hint of caramel and molasses in its smooth, malty finish. A wonderful, unique beer, get it while you can!


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