Best free family Mardi Gras events in Chicago 2017
Navy Pier

Mardi Gras will be celebrated around the world the weekend of Feb. 25-26 and on Feb. 28's  Fat Tuesday.  New Orleans hosts the most famous Mardi Gras party in the U.S., but people the folks of Chicago will bring their own twist with special priced admissions and Cajun-influenced menus at restaurants. There will be also be family-friendly events in Chicago at Navy Pier, Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum for the special weekend. AXS has gathered the details for you to make celebrating Mardi Gras in Chicago a cinch.

Neighborhoods of the World: Celebrate Brazil’s Carnival
Feb. 26 @ 12 p.m.
Crystal Gardens, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, Ill.

In partnership with Chicago Samba, Navy Pier will present Brazil’s Carnival as part of the Neighborhoods of the World. The series will celebrate the rich tapestry of the diverse communities in Chicago. This small festival will feature live folk music, traditional dance, face painting, crafts, and cuisine. Chicago Samba is a music ensemble that offers authentic Brazilian music with the flavor of Carnival. The seven-week series will also present celebrations of Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, and Greece in future weeks. 

Mars-DI Gras
Feb 25 & 26 @ 9:30 a.m.
Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Ill. 60605

Mars-di-Gras will be free with paid admission to the Adler Planetarium. Dust off your imagination to take a trip to the Red Planet and masquerade as the first Martians. What would it be like to live, work and play on Mars? The Adler super krewe will offer a Mar-di-Gras extravaganza that promises to be fun and educational. Adler will bring the beads, band, and science to their carnival of activities that combine space exploration and Mardi Gras. The Martian Masquerade will ask what a Martian in a disguise might look like. Guests will be able to design and wear a Martian mask to wear in the Mars-di Gras parade. The Rover Robotics will allow you to program your Rover to travel around Mars. For additional information see the Adler Planetarium website.

Free Admission Days at Field Museum
Feb 20-28 @ 9 a.m.
Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Ill. 60605

Chicago's Field Museum is offering free admission for Illinois residents through the end of February. This will be a great time to take the family to explore the treasured exhibits and ignite curiosity with displays of dinosaurs, fossils, science, mummies, gems, and many other mysteries of the world. Take advantage of the free admission special for a fun and educational experience at the Field Museum.