Chinese (lunar) New Year lands on Jan 22, 2023, and Chicago's celebrations are steeped in traditions, old and new. Take a look at our top picks of the many events and activities around the city and suburbs to kickstart your Year of the Rabbit celebration.

Jan. 14 Chicago Philharmonic | Tan Dun: Yi2 East meets West at the Harris Theater at 7:30 p.m.  Featured at this one-night only concert are Grammy Award winner Sharon Isbin in the North American Premiere of Tan Dun’s guitar concerto, and Cellist Joshua Roman in a cello concerto originally written for Yo-Yo Ma and based on Dun’s music from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. 

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Jan. 14 Lunar Year at Jewel Osco, shop and celebrate the new year at 1340 S. Canal Street. in Chicago, from 12 – 3 p.m. Live traditional music, lion dancers, samples, live demos, trivia, prizes and more await while you grab your groceries. 

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Jan. 21 — Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit at Hawthorn Mall 122 Hawthorn Center Vernon Hills, Illinois, from 12 – 2p.m. Enjoy two separate performances featuring Yin He Dance and the Korean Performing Arts Institute of Chicago, food samples from CM Chicken and Tous Les Jour, learn and play Mahjong and more.

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Jan. 28  Check out Navy Pier for Global Connections: Lunar New Year presented by ComEd at the Aon Grand Ballroom.  Enjoy and interact with artists and performers, and check out the booths for festive arts, crafts, and food!

Sun, Jan 29 — Chicago Chinese New Year Parades:

  • The Chinatown parade begin at 1:00 p.m. at the intersection of 24th
     Street and Wentworth Avenue and travels north toward Cermak.  
  • New Year on Argyle parade kicks off at 1p.m. at Argyle Street and Winthrop Avenue, and festivities go through 4 p.m. 

See traditional dragon and lion dancing teams, color floats, marching bands and more.

Lucky Eats and Treats:  

  • Enjoy Hong Kong-style Peking Duck and other traditional chinese dishes at Sun Wah BBQ 5039 N. Broadway.  Reservations are highly recommended.
  • Since 1986, the Chiu family has been serving the finest ingredients in their cakes, buns, cookies and more. The Uptown location accepts cash only. Chiu Quon Bakery & Dim Sum is located at 2253 S. Wentworth Avenue or 1127 W. Argyle Street. 

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