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Lunar and Chinese New Year parades and celebrations in Chicago

Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with our guide to Chinese New Year festivities throughout Chicago.

Jeffy Mai
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Jeffy Mai

Chinese New Year celebrations will kick off on on January 22 to welcome the Year of the Rabbit. Ready to join the party? Head to Uptown's Argyle Street or Chinatown to see colorful parades, have a meal at your favorite Chinese restaurant or catch a live performance of traditional music. You'll find there are plenty of ways to ring in the beginning of a new lunar calendar with our guide to the best parades and events in Chicago.

What is the Chinese New Year in Chicago?

The Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year, is one of the most important Chinese holidays. The centuries-old tradition honors deities and ancestors, coinciding with the arrival of a new moon between the dates of January 22 and February 5. According to the Chinese Zodiac calendar, 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit.

When is the Chinese New Year 2023 in Chicago?

The Chinese New Year arrives on Sunday, January 22.

How can I celebrate the Chinese New Year in Chicago?

The Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade will take place on Sunday, January 29. Attendees can line Wentworth Avenue to see marching bands, decorated floats and traditional lion dancers. The colorful procession begins at 24th Street and Wentworth Avenue at 1pm, traveling north to Cermak Road.

Uptown's Argyle Lunar New Year Celebration happens on Saturday, January 28. The parade starts at 1pm at Argyle Street and Winthrop Avenue. More than 20 local community groups will be in attendance and there will be dancers and performers as well as family-friendly activities to enjoy.

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