Don’t let the negative temperatures stop you from celebrating one of the world’s most vibrant holidays—Chinese New Year.
Plenty of businesses and neighborhoods will be celebrating the Year of the Ram—or goat, or sheep—this weekend with countless events. Here are a few to get you started.
The best part of any holiday is the food, and the Chicago Chinese Cultural Center has you covered with delicious dumplings. Not only will guests enjoy a traditional Chinese dinner but they will learn how to make dumplings in a workshop covering the centuries-old technique.
Chinese New Year Dumpling Workshop and Dinner
Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute, Inc.
Feb. 21 at 3 p.m.
2121B S. China Pl.
Choose Chicago and the Chinese Fine Arts Society will have a kick-off celebration filled with lion dancers, music, drums, and martial arts that will surely get anyone in the spirit.
Chinese New Year Day Celebration
Feb. 19 12 – 1 p.m.
Preston Bradley Hall
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Of course, no Chinese New Year celebration is complete without the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade. Visitors will enjoy colorful floats, marching bands, a 100-foot paper tiger, and more lion dance performances and then can explore one of Chicago’s most culturally-rich neighborhoods.
Chinese Lunar New Year Parade
Feb. 22 at 1 p.m.
Wentworth Ave. & 24th St.