How to Celebrate the Year of the Snake in Chicago & Beyond

Chinese New Year in ChicagoThe Chinese New Year 4711 is also the 101st Anniversary of Chinatown in Chicago. Bet you didn’t know that? The official Chinese New Year is February 10th, but festivities are planned throughout the weekend in Chicago & Beyond. The Chinese calendar calls the upcoming year the Year of the Snake. This is the 6th sign of the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese zodiac consists of twelve animals that correspond to the twelve-year cycle.

Now, on to where you can celebrate the Chinese New Year in Chicago & Beyond;

Chinese New Year in ChicagoChinatown Annual Lunar New Year Parade: Fireworks and the annual parade begin at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday. The parade begins at 24th Street and Wentworth Avenue and heads north up Wentworth to Cermak Road. Over 10,000 are expected to watch marching bands, colorful floats, teams performing lion dances and a 100-foot long “Mystical Dragon.” Free.

chinese food in schaumburgBig Bowl, Schaumburg: From February 9th to February 16th, Big Bowl will be celebrating with specials and activities during the week that resonate with the customs of this festive time. NEW YEAR, NEW SPECIALS – Executive Chef Marc Bernard is kicking off 2013 with some exciting new specials that combat the cold weather with warmth and flavor.

wheaton college illinoisChinese New Year Celebration, Wheaton College, Wheaton: The Chinese Culture Club at Wheaton College celebrates the ancient holiday of the Chinese New Year. Traditional Chinese Cuisine will be served. This event is open to the public. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. It takes place in Coray Gym in the Todd M. Beamer Student Center, located at 421 Chase Street in Wheaton. For more information, email