Beads, music and masks: 3 ways to ring in Mardi Gras this week in Chicago

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If you love to eat and drink, this week offers a great chance to explore the world of Chicago food and beverage. From a Mardi Gras murder mystery dinner to a Big Easy-themed happy hour, here's what to do on the local food scene this week.

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CHARDIGRAS: A Fat Tuesday Joint

If you can't travel to New Orleans on Fat Tuesday, head to Chicago's own Municipal Dining & Co. You can feast on New Orleans-style jambalaya and beignets. Groove to the sounds of Mike Orie and DJ Commando.

When: Tuesday, March 5, 6-10 p.m.

Where: Municipal Bar + Dining Co., 216 W. Ohio St.

Price: Free

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Murder Mystery Dinner: Murder at Mardi Gras

Next, join a killer crowd of people at Carnivale for this Murder Mystery Dinner. Set on the estate of Sir Warren Peace, this show serves up a night of mystery, intrigue and murder, and it promises to keep you guessing about who will be next. Admission includes a three-course meal and guests can enjoy drinks from cash bar.

When: Thursday, March 7, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Carnivale Restaurant, 702 W Fulton Market

Price: $65

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Mardi Gras at Saint Lou's Assembly

Finally, if you're in the mood to mingle, grab your mask and head to this Mardi Gras-themed happy hour. Sip on Hurricane cocktails, a drink from 1940s New Orleans, which is made with rum, lemon juice and passion fruit syrup.

When: Tuesday, March 5

Where: Saint Lou's Assembly, 664 W. Lake St.

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