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Get your crawfish on at the Headsucker’s Ball in Lincoln Park

Nearly 2,250 pounds of crawfish to be served at Headsucker's Ball
Nearly 2,250 pounds of crawfish to be served at Headsucker's Ball
W. Byington

For Chicagoans who love crawfish, mark Saturday May 17th in your calendar.

On that day, McGee’s Tavern, located in Lincoln Park, will be holding its annual Headsucker’s Ball. It marks the 25th anniversary of the event by the tavern. Organizers also claim it’s one the biggest crawfish boils in the nation.

“We just like to have a great time and we throw parties very well here. We’ve been doing it for years, we don’t miss any bases, people know us for our parties, and they have grown with us over time,” said tavern owner Tom Piazza.

“We are so excited to be able to celebrate twenty-five years of service to our awesome community and want to especially thank those who have made this particular landmark possible. We will be doing big things this year, I can assure you that!” continues Piazza.

McGee’s Tavern opened in 1989 and quickly became a North Side staple. They are proud to celebrate the coming of spring with this New Orleans-style crawfish boil.

The bar will cook over 2,250 pounds of crawfish for two days in preparation of the event. The crawfish will be accompanied by 640 pounds of gumbo, 720 pounds of creole jambalaya and 720 of red beans and rice. All dishes are from unique recipes by McGee's.

McGee’s is also anticipating nearly 1,200 patrons to attend the Headsucker’s Ball.

Tickets cost $20 online and $25 at the door. The event is from 10 am – 10 pm. Tickets includes the all-you-can-eat menu.

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