Chinese New Year parades and celebrations in Chicago

Ring in the Year of the Dog at these Chinese New Year parades and celebrations all over Chicago, from Uptown to Chinatown

Photograph: Neal O'Bryan

If you need a few extra weeks before digging into your New Year's Resolutions, you're in luck: You've got another chance to begin anew with the Chinese New Year. The Year of the Dog falls on February 16 this year (though festivities occur all month long). Whether you're more in the mood for a dragon dance or a great Chinese restaurant, we've rounded up some of the best Chinese New Year celebrations in Chicago.

What is the Chinese New Year?

The Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is one of the most imporant Chinese holidays. The centuries-old tradition honors dieties and ancestors, and much of the celebration centers around life at home, time for relaxation and family bonding. Traditionally, homes are cleaned, gifts are exchanged and red paper lanterns are hung to welcome and bring good luck in the new year. According to the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac, 2018 is the Year of the Dog.

When is the Chinese New Year?

The Chinese New Year occurs on Friday, February 16, 2018. Two parades celebrate the holiday: the Argyle Street Lunar New Year Parade on Saturday, Feburary 24 and the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade on Sunday, February 25.

Find the best Chinese food

The best restaurants in Chinatown
Restaurants

The best restaurants in Chinatown

Chinatown is a fairly easy—and delicious—neighborhood to explore

Cheap eats in Chinatown
Restaurants

Cheap eats in Chinatown

With so many BYOB restaurants and family-style meals, Chinatown is an easy place to find cheap food

7 great bakeries in Chicago’s Chinatown
Restaurants

7 great bakeries in Chicago’s Chinatown

Chinatown's bakeries make a great option for a grab-and-go lunch or a coffee break treat that's cheap as chips

The best restaurants in Uptown
Restaurants

The best restaurants in Uptown

This fantastic strip of restaurants that includes Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai cuisines and more

More to do in Chinatown

The best attractions and things to do in Chinatown
Things to do

The best attractions and things to do in Chinatown

Chinatown is one of Chicago's most exciting neighborhoods to explore

The best Chinatown shops
Shopping

The best Chinatown shops

Chinatown still remains a great place for candy and cheap, unique gifts—but now your options extend beyond waving-cat clocks

Best bars and nightlife in and around Chinatown
Bars

Best bars and nightlife in and around Chinatown

Chinatown proper has a couple karaoke bars, so if you love belting out tunes with your friends, you're in luck

Chicago's original Chinatown
Things to do

Chicago's original Chinatown

Chinese immigrants initially flocked to a different crossing in Chicago: Van Buren and Clark Streets

Chinese New Year archives

Chinese New Year parade photos 2016
Things to do

Chinese New Year parade photos 2016

Chinese New Year parade photos 2015
Things to do

Chinese New Year parade photos 2015