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11 Great Spots to Dine for Chinese New Year

Celebrate the Year of the Goat at these restaurants.

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Chinese New Year kicks off this Thursday and billions around the world will be celebrating the Year of the Goat. Chicago restaurants will be offering specials during the 15 days of festivities to commemorate the occasion. Diners can enjoy traditional dishes, dim sum, afternoon tea and more at some of the city's best Chinese (and non-Chinese) spots. Get ready, there's no better time than right now to satisfy that bao and dumpling craving.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mott Street

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1401 N Ashland
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 687-9977
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Mott St will celebrate Chinese New Year with a Supreme Imperial Feast, available from Feb. 18 through Feb. 21. A 10-course meal of classics include crispy shrimp, steamed dumplings, crunchy crab brain fried rice, gai lan, red miso chicken and apple cider doughnuts. The family-style dinner (party of 4 minimum) is $38.88 per person with optional beverage pairings an additional $28.88.

2. Fat Rice

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2957 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-9170
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The ever-popular Logan Square restaurant will offer a feast for two for $88 featuring pork dumplings, mussels steamed with Singapore’s Tiger Beer, the famous Fat Rice, and a bucket of Tiger tall boys. The meal will be available for dinner from Feb. 17-21, and during brunch hours on Feb. 20-22.

3. Ampersand

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419 W Superior St, Chicago
IL, 60654

Chrissy Camba’s Maddy’s Dumpling House is celebrating the Lunar New Year with a pop-up dinner at Ampersand inside Kinmont. The event takes place on Feb. 18 from 7-9:30 p.m. and the cost is $70 per person. Purchase tickets online.

4. MingHin Cuisine

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2168 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 808-1999
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It’s a modern spot in Chinatown Square popular for dim sum or dinner. Get your fill of siu mai, chicken feet and BBQ pork buns during the day but don’t miss out on the Macau-style crispy pork belly either, served with a bowl of sugar for a sweet and savory mix. There are also some non-traditional items you won’t find on other Chinese menus around town such as pan-fried foie gras.

5. Shanghai Terrace

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108 E Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 573-6695
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Indulge in Shanghai Terrace’s special eight-course menu celebrating the Year of the Goat. The meal will consist of favorites such as double boiled sea whelk soup, snow crab claws, red abalone and turbot fillet, and a blackcurrant-chestnut Shanghai log and yuzu mandarin sorbet. The cost is $128 per person and the special menu will be available from Feb. 18-28.

2100 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 326-6888
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Cai has only been open for a few years but it’s already managed to become one of the best dim sum spots in town. Small bite-sized items include traditional staples such as chicken feet, shrimp dumplings, rice crepes and egg tarts. Bring dining companions so you can order plenty to share and get a taste of everything. If that’s not your style, there’s also a regular menu full of Chinese favorites alongside some less common dishes like shark fin soup, braised sea cucumber and abalone.

7. Pavilion

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330 North Wabash
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 923-9988
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Pavilion will host Chinese New Year Tea for $58 per guest, with seatings at 3, 3:30 and 4 p.m. on Feb. 16-22. Guests will enjoy traditional Chinese tea selections including lapsang souchong, formosa oolong, organic jasmine pearl, money picked oolong, and Pu-Erh Tou Cha as well as dishes such as miso marinated tofu and moo shu duck roll.

8. Phoenix Restaurant

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2131 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 328-0848
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The always-crowded, can’t-miss Phoenix is one of Chinatown’s busiest restaurants and if you come during peak hours you can expect to wait. Tough it out and you’ll be rewarded—servers push carts around the room on weekends so diners can choose small-bite dishes on sight. There aren't many other places in Chicago offering a true dim sum experience like the one you’ll find here. The Hong Kong-style regular menu features items like Peking duck, crispy roast duck, crispy skin chicken and more.

9. Tanta Chicago

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118 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 222-9700
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Chef Jesus Delgado will fuse Chinese culinary influences into his Peruvian menu and offer New Year specials from Feb. 19-22. Dishes include berenjakao, eggplant stuffed with shrimp in rocoto sesame sauce; and costillar, short rib in star anise adobo with yellow chili mashed yucca and piockes vegetable salad.

10. Chef Ping

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1755 Algonquin Rd
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
(847) 981-8888
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One of the city’s best Chinese restaurants is located out in Rolling Meadows. Expect a wait on the weekends as crowds pack the place for favorites like Pong Pong lollipop chicken and the special Gan Pong family recipes. Other traditional dishes include sea cucumber, salty-egg yolk crab, and yellow leek with shredded pork.

11. Koi Fine Asian Cuisine and Lounge

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624 Davis St
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 866-6969
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In honor of the New Year, the Evanston eatery will offer a special a la carte menu of dishes including lychee chicken, ma po tofu, smoked tea duck, cumin lamb, peppercorn crispy fish and more.

1. Mott Street

1401 N Ashland, Chicago, IL 60622

Mott St will celebrate Chinese New Year with a Supreme Imperial Feast, available from Feb. 18 through Feb. 21. A 10-course meal of classics include crispy shrimp, steamed dumplings, crunchy crab brain fried rice, gai lan, red miso chicken and apple cider doughnuts. The family-style dinner (party of 4 minimum) is $38.88 per person with optional beverage pairings an additional $28.88.

1401 N Ashland
Chicago, IL 60622

2. Fat Rice

2957 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

The ever-popular Logan Square restaurant will offer a feast for two for $88 featuring pork dumplings, mussels steamed with Singapore’s Tiger Beer, the famous Fat Rice, and a bucket of Tiger tall boys. The meal will be available for dinner from Feb. 17-21, and during brunch hours on Feb. 20-22.

2957 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

3. Ampersand

419 W Superior St, Chicago, IL, 60654

Chrissy Camba’s Maddy’s Dumpling House is celebrating the Lunar New Year with a pop-up dinner at Ampersand inside Kinmont. The event takes place on Feb. 18 from 7-9:30 p.m. and the cost is $70 per person. Purchase tickets online.

419 W Superior St, Chicago
IL, 60654

4. MingHin Cuisine

2168 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60612

It’s a modern spot in Chinatown Square popular for dim sum or dinner. Get your fill of siu mai, chicken feet and BBQ pork buns during the day but don’t miss out on the Macau-style crispy pork belly either, served with a bowl of sugar for a sweet and savory mix. There are also some non-traditional items you won’t find on other Chinese menus around town such as pan-fried foie gras.

2168 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60612

5. Shanghai Terrace

108 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611

Indulge in Shanghai Terrace’s special eight-course menu celebrating the Year of the Goat. The meal will consist of favorites such as double boiled sea whelk soup, snow crab claws, red abalone and turbot fillet, and a blackcurrant-chestnut Shanghai log and yuzu mandarin sorbet. The cost is $128 per person and the special menu will be available from Feb. 18-28.

108 E Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611

6. Cai

2100 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Cai has only been open for a few years but it’s already managed to become one of the best dim sum spots in town. Small bite-sized items include traditional staples such as chicken feet, shrimp dumplings, rice crepes and egg tarts. Bring dining companions so you can order plenty to share and get a taste of everything. If that’s not your style, there’s also a regular menu full of Chinese favorites alongside some less common dishes like shark fin soup, braised sea cucumber and abalone.

2100 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

7. Pavilion

330 North Wabash, Chicago, IL 60611

Pavilion will host Chinese New Year Tea for $58 per guest, with seatings at 3, 3:30 and 4 p.m. on Feb. 16-22. Guests will enjoy traditional Chinese tea selections including lapsang souchong, formosa oolong, organic jasmine pearl, money picked oolong, and Pu-Erh Tou Cha as well as dishes such as miso marinated tofu and moo shu duck roll.

330 North Wabash
Chicago, IL 60611

8. Phoenix Restaurant

2131 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

The always-crowded, can’t-miss Phoenix is one of Chinatown’s busiest restaurants and if you come during peak hours you can expect to wait. Tough it out and you’ll be rewarded—servers push carts around the room on weekends so diners can choose small-bite dishes on sight. There aren't many other places in Chicago offering a true dim sum experience like the one you’ll find here. The Hong Kong-style regular menu features items like Peking duck, crispy roast duck, crispy skin chicken and more.

2131 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

9. Tanta Chicago

118 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654

Chef Jesus Delgado will fuse Chinese culinary influences into his Peruvian menu and offer New Year specials from Feb. 19-22. Dishes include berenjakao, eggplant stuffed with shrimp in rocoto sesame sauce; and costillar, short rib in star anise adobo with yellow chili mashed yucca and piockes vegetable salad.

118 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654

10. Chef Ping

1755 Algonquin Rd, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

One of the city’s best Chinese restaurants is located out in Rolling Meadows. Expect a wait on the weekends as crowds pack the place for favorites like Pong Pong lollipop chicken and the special Gan Pong family recipes. Other traditional dishes include sea cucumber, salty-egg yolk crab, and yellow leek with shredded pork.

1755 Algonquin Rd
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

11. Koi Fine Asian Cuisine and Lounge

624 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201

In honor of the New Year, the Evanston eatery will offer a special a la carte menu of dishes including lychee chicken, ma po tofu, smoked tea duck, cumin lamb, peppercorn crispy fish and more.

624 Davis St
Evanston, IL 60201

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