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Chinese New Year celebration featuring live dance, music and other performances, plus traditional food, crafts and more at Aon Grand Ballroom in Navy Pier on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Photo: Abel Arciniega/for Choose Chicago

Lunar New Year in Chicago

Year of the Rabbit, Jan. 22 – Feb. 5

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Ring in the Lunar New Year in Chicago! The city is welcoming the Year of the Rabbit from Jan. 22 through Feb. 5, 2023. Enjoy colorful parades, cultural celebrations, dining specials, shopping offers, and more. Explore some of the top things to do during Lunar New Year in Chicago.

Lunar New Year parades

Lunar New Year on Argyle
Jan28
Lunar New Year on Argyle

The Uptown neighborhood will welcome the Lunar New Year with their annual parade, featuring community groups, cultural institutions, dancers, and performers.

Saturday January 28, 2023

Argyle Street

Chinese New Year parade in Chinatown
Jan29
Chinese New Year parade in Chinatown

Welcome the Year of the Rabbit with traditional lion dances, cultural performances, and more during this colorful celebration.

Sunday January 29, 2023

4th Street and Wentworth Avenue to Chinatown Square

Cultural celebrations

World Music Wednesday: Chinese Lunar New Year Concert
Jan18
World Music Wednesday: Chinese Lunar New Year Concert

Kick off the celebrations with a free evening concert featuring pipa master Yang Wei, zhong ruan artist Tzu-Tsen Wu, the Jade Chinese Music Ensemble, and more. Advanced ticket reservations are recommended.

Wednesday January 18, 2023 at @ 8:30 p.m.

Old Town School of Folk Music, Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall 4544 N. Lincoln Ave.

Chinese New Year Celebration at the Field Museum
Jan22
Chinese New Year Celebration at the Field Museum

Ring in Chinese New Year at the Field Museum with lion dances, music, and dance. Kids will enjoy interactive music and movement performances in the Play Lab!

Sunday January 22, 2023 at @ 1:30 p.m.

The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive

Navy Pier Global Connections: Lunar New Year
Jan28
Navy Pier Global Connections: Lunar New Year

Enjoy performing artists from throughout Chicagoland’s Asian community keeping Chinese culture alive at this free Navy Pier event.

Saturday January 28, 2023 from @ 12:00 — 5:00 p.m.

Navy Pier, Aon Grand Ballroom
600 E. Grand Ave.

Lantern Festival Celebration
Feb5
Lantern Festival Celebration

Close out the Chinese New Year season as Preston Bradley Hall is transformed into a lively Chinese marketplace featuring lion dance, music, dance and more by some of Chicago’s most illustrious performers, and enjoy food, calligraphy, puppets, a selfie booth, trinkets and more.

Sunday February 5, 2023 from @ 12:00 — 4:00 p.m.

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
78 E. Washington St.

Asian Pop-Up Cinema
Jan 22 – Feb 5
Asian Pop-Up Cinema

Catch a selection of Chinese films, shown with English subtitles, steaming free for North American viewers to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit.

Sunday January 22, 2023 Sunday February 5, 2023

Virtual

Culinary events

Annual Chinese New Year Dumpling Making Dinner
Jan28
Annual Chinese New Year Dumpling Making Dinner

Celebrate the Year of Rabbit at the 17th annual Chinese New Year dumpling-making dinner. There will be storytelling, lion dances, dumpling making, and a sumptuous dinner.

Saturday January 28, 2023

Hing Kee Restaurant, 2nd Floor
2140 South Archer Avenue Chicago

Taste of Chinatown Walking Tour
Jan 22 – Feb 5
Taste of Chinatown Walking Tour

This local tour group has put together a perfect sampling tour of Chicago’s diverse Chinatown neighborhood, with bites from all types of regional cuisine.

Sunday January 22, 2023 Sunday February 5, 2023

Phoenix Restaurant
2131 S. Archer Ave, Chicago

Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea
Jan 20 – Jan 22
Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea

The Lobby at The Peninsula Chicago will be serving a special Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea, featuring traditional Chinese flavors and a celebratory lion dance.

Friday January 20, 2023 Sunday January 22, 2023

The Peninsula Chicago
108 E Superior St.

Shopping specials

Fashion Outlets of Chicago
Jan 21 – Feb 5
Fashion Outlets of Chicago

Ring in the Year of the Rabbit with Fashion Outlets of Chicago! Receive a free Saving Pass and special Lunar New Year offers from participating retailers. There will also be a kick-off event with cultural games and performances.

Saturday January 21, 2023 Sunday February 5, 2023

5220 Fashion Outlets Way
Rosemont

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