Feb 21, 2012. I hoped to find some interesting Mardi Gras photos, but it seems all the partying took place in clubs. This was the largest outdoor gathering I found, and they were huddled together like penguins waiting to get in the club and out of the cold. Down on Division Street, there was a costumed stilt walker on the street, but the only revelers outdoors were smoking or entering clubs. Wrigleyville and Boystown were similarly quiet (outdoors). I guess I'll have to choose a party and go inside next year.