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Crawfish boils are coming to the windy city

Delicious hot boiled crawfish
Delicious hot boiled crawfish
Photo by Chris Graythen

Louisiana is known for serving some of the best seafood in the world. One of their most popular "seasons" is crawfish season, which typically runs from March through June.

What is a crawfish you may ask?

A crawfish is a small crustacean that lives in streams and looks like a miniature lobster. In Louisiana the crawfish are boiled in a large pot, and cooked with a variety of spices. Corn on the cob and potatoes are also placed in the pot to absorb the flavor of the spicy broth.

If you don't have the time to make a quick trip down South, several Chicago restaurants are bringing this Louisiana tradition to the windy city.

Mark your calendars for the following all-you-can-eat events:

  • May 4- Reggie's Chicago, 2105 S. State St. 2 p.m. Reggie's 4th annual crawfish boil on the train-wreck roof deck. For $25, party goers are treated to all you can eat crawfish and live music by Cajun band Le Travaillant.
  • May 4-Frontier, 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave, 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Frontier will host the "who dat nation" Chicago chapter crawfish boil with New Orleans style sounds from Four Star Brass Band! Tickets are $35 (only sold in advance online) and include all you can eat crawfish, potatoes and corn.
  • May 17--McGee's Tavern, 950 W Webster Ave, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. McGee's 25th Annual Headsucker's Ball is one the biggest Cajun parties around! To celebrate their 25th year, McGee's is flying in more than 2,000 pounds of fresh crawfish straight from the Bayou, and serving it up with jambalaya, red beans & rice and gumbo all day long. Doors open at 10am, and the $20 pre-sale ticket covers all-you-can-eat food (usually lasts until early evening) and zydeco music to dance to from Hurricane Gumbo. Tickets will be sold at the door for $25.