Chamber brings a taste of New Orleans to downtown Joliet
Karen Sorensen | 6/12/2014, 11:54 a.m.
A little taste of the Big Easy comes to downtown Joliet Friday night with the annual New Orleans North festival.
The outdoor event, a fundraiser for United Way of Will County held by the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce, starts at 5 p.m. at Chicago and Van Buren streets. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the gate; attendees must be 21 or older.
There will be no shortage of New Orleans cuisine, including gumbo, jambalaya, po boy crab sandwiches, andouille sausage, fried chicken with dirty rice and biscuits and, of course, Hurricanes. If that's all a bit too spicy for you, there will also be beef tips, pizza, beer and other food items.
As for entertainment, live music will be presented by Hurricane Gumbo and Blind Whiskey.
There will also be a stilt walker; mime; Pamela Anderson impersonator; "The Great Boodini" juggler and magician; and Adrian & Mark, a Chicago subway band.
Each entry ticket offers the chance to win a three-night stay at Harrah's New Orleans and a $500 airfare voucher. Tickets must be dropped off at Harrah's Joliet, 151 N. Chicago, during its after party, which starts at 11 p.m. The drawing will be at midnight.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.jolietchamber.com/neworleans/ or by calling 815-727-5371.