2023 Travel Guide for visiting Chicago, Illinois during the Year of the Rabbit or the Lunar New Year

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The Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year, will begin on January 22, 2023, this year and will be celebrated for the next 15 days. This is the Year of the Rabbit, the fourth sign in the Chinese zodiac.

Chicago is a great place to celebrate Lunar New Year. Chicago’s Chinatown is the second largest Chinatown in America with an estimated 70,000 Chinese American residents.

Argyle Lunar New Year Parade

The Argyle Lunar New Year celebration kicks off on Saturday, January 28, 2023, from 12 pm to 4 pm. The Argyle Lunar New Year Parade begins at 1 pm at the corner of Argyle and Winthrop. The parade will feature local community groups, cultural groups, dancers, performers, floats, bands and much more. Local Uptown businesses and organizations will have pop ups with family friendly activities on Argyle Street. The Bezazian Library on Ainslie Street will have the Year of the Rabbit Storytime and Crafts from 12 pm to 12:45 pm.

Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade

Chinese Chinatown Community Foundation presents the Lunar New Year Chinatown Parade on January 29, 2023. The parade will begin at the intersection of 24th Street and Wentworth and go north on Wentworth toward the viewing stand at Cermak and Wentworth. It will feature traditional Dragon and Lion Dancing, colorful floats, marching bands, marching community groups and more.

DePaul University Lunar New Year Celebration

DePaul University will have its 15th annual Lunar New Year celebration to ring in the New Year of the Rabbit. This is happening on January 22, 2023, from 3 pm to 5 pm. It will be held at the Campus Student Center. The dress code is business casual or festive red clothing. You can find some great Lunar New Year shirts by clicking here.

Enjoy authentic Lunar New Year food and exciting cultural performances. All DePaul students, alumni, faculty, staff, as well as family and friends are welcome to attend. It is free and open to the public.

Chinese American Museum Chinese New Year Celebration

The Chinese American Museum of Chicago will have its annual Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday, January 21, 2023, from 2 pm to 4 pm. They will welcome the Year of the Rabbit with traditional cultural activities. The many performances will include

  • Chinese traditional music
  • Folk dance
  • Singing
  • Poetry
  • Qi Pao fashion show
  • Chinese calligraphy

and more.

Hawthorne Mall Lunar New Year Celebration

Hawthorne Mall is having a Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday, January 21, 2023, from 12 pm to 2 pm.

The Korean Performing Arts Institute of Chicago will be performing folk music, drumming and dancing. Yin He Dance will be showcasing Chinese Cultural dances and explaining the culture of the Chinese New Year.

The Celebration will include

  • Food sampling from CM Chicken and Tous Les Jours
  • Barbara’s Bookstore will have a Lunar New Year story time.
  • BHOP E Sports is having a Mahjong game table.
  • The Painted Penguin is hosting a paper lantern craft.

Kids can enjoy crafts, face painting, balloon twisting and tying red ribbons on a Wish Tree. There will be a Red Envelope Raffle with a few lucky winners.

Hing Kee Restaurant Chinese New Year Celebration

Hing Kee Restaurant will be celebrating Chinese New Year family style on Saturday, January 21, 2023, from 3 pm to 5 pm. Enjoy story telling, Lion Dancing, dumpling making and a sumptuous dinner.

Solstice on the Park Chinese New Year Celebration

Solstice on the Park Apartments is having a Chinese New Year Celebration on Thursday, January 19, 2023, at 6 pm. They are having a traditional Chinese feast catered by Chef Xiong to ring in the New Year.

Chicago Bulls Lunar New Year Game

The Chicago Bulls are holding their annual Lunar New Year Game on January 31, 2023, when they take on the Los Angeles Clippers.  You can buy a ticket to the game here.

Hotel Deals

If you’d like to visit Chicago during the Lunar New Year celebrations, you should consider the following hotels. They are offering discounted rates which can save you money on your stay.

  • The Allegro Royal Sonesta Hotel Chicago Loop 30% Discount
  • Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago 25% Discount
  • Staypineapple, An Iconic Hotel, The Loop 25% Discount
  • LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton 24% Discount
  • Pendry Chicago 20% Discount
  • Congress Plaza Hotel 20% Discount
  • Hotel Saint Clair – Magnificent Mile 20% Discount
  • The Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown 20% Discount
  • Omni Chicago Hotel 20% Discount
  • Virgin Hotels Chicago 20% Discount
  • Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Downtown Riverwalk 20% Discount
  • Hotel Julian 20% Discount
  • Swissotel Chicago 20% Discount
  • Level Chicago – Old Town 20% Discount
  • The Royal Sonesta River North 20% Discount
  • Level Chicago – River North 19% Discount
  • Ohio House Motel 18% Discount
  • CitizenM Chicago Downtown 15% Discount
  • Claridge House 15% Discount
  • Hotel Chicago West Loop 15% Discount
  • Nobu Hotel Chicago 15% Discount
  • The Whitehall Hotel 14% Discount
  • Kinzie Hotel 14% Discount
  • Hotel Centric The Loop Chicago 10% Discount
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile 10% Discount