Hey Nonny gears up for Fat Tuesday celebration

Some traditions are too good to miss, so Arlington Heights music venue and bistro, Hey Nonny, is hosting a Mardi Gras celebration for the third year running. This year’s New Orleans-themed festivities will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 13 and will feature traditional jazz music by Bruce Blanck and Friends.

“Bruce is a Chicago jazz institution, and his swinging style will make you feel like you’re standing in the middle of the French Quarter,” said co-owner Chip Brooks. “He’s bringing a bunch of talented jazz players to celebrate with the Hey Nonny crowd in true Mardi Gras style.”

In addition to the free concert, the venue is planning a special Cajun menu. Starting Friday, Feb. 9, Chef Noe will be cooking up Fat Tuesday specials, including a big pot of gumbo, a skirt steak po’ boy sandwich, and mini beignets for dessert.

“You can’t go wrong with Cajun, and Chef Noe does Cajun right,” said Brooks. “Though the concert is free, reservations for the Fat Tuesday dinner are required, and we anticipate those will go fast.”

The free Mardi Gras concert is sponsored by the Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights, where Blanck is a parishioner. Walk-ins are welcome for the show, which takes place Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

“We are so grateful to have the support of community partners like the Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights,” said Brooks. “Thanks to their generosity, we’re able to bring great acts like Blanck out to the Chicago suburbs to give residents and neighbors an experience they can’t get elsewhere — except maybe New Orleans.”

To book dinner reservations during the Mardi Gras celebration, visit

Hey Nonny is a bistro and music venue located in the heart of downtown Arlington Heights. The bistro, helmed by Chef Noe, serves an array of fresh seasonal Midwestern comfort-food-with-a-twist and a seasonally changing menu. The music venue is one of the best new “listening rooms” in the country, and hosts live music six days a week, featuring the best Chicago and touring acts playing jazz, blues, country, folk, and rock.

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