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Chinese New Year parades and celebrations in Chicago

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

Photograph: Neal O'Bryan

Thanks to the lunar calendar, the arrival of the Chinese New Year gives us an excuse to celebrate 2019 all over again (minus the gaudy New Year's Eve parties). The Year of the Pig will officially begin on February 5, though the festivities marking the occasion take place throughout the month. Join the party by watching lion dancers at a parade, having a meal at your favorite Chinese restaurant or seeing a live performance traditional music. Ring in the Chinese New Year with our guide to the best parades and events in Chicago.

What is the Chinese New Year?

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 21 and February 20. According to the Chinese Zodiac calendar, 2019 is the Year of the Pig.

When is the Chinese New Year 2019?

The Chinese New Year arrives on Tuesday, February 5. Parades in Chicago marking the holiday take place the following weekend, with Uptown hosting its procession on Saturday, February 9 and Chinatown holding its celebrations on Sunday, February 10.

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