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Don't put away the champagne and party hats just yet, because this Friday marks the Chinese Lunar New Year. Lasting for fifteen days, there is ample time to celebrate and partake in the festivities going on around the city. Some restaurants and venues are serving traditional Chinese New Year's dishes while others are highlighting Chinese traditions and performances. Check out the map to find out where you can ring in the Year of the Horse.


Eater Chicago intern Aimee Gasior contributed to this story.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Phoenix Restaurant

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2131 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 328-0848
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To celebrate the year of the horse, this Bridgeport spot has an eight-course banquet, performances, and more on February 11 for $75 a person.

2. Lao You Ju

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2002 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 225-7818
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Ring in the New year at Lao You Ju and consume a traditional three-course Chinese menu for $35 a person. Not only are cash prizes available, but diners can partake in the traditional game of musical chairs throughout dinner.

3. New Furama Restaurant

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2828 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 225-6888
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Ring in the New Year in style with a bountiful Chinese service and special performances, including a traditional Lion Dance, at New Furama. $35 a person for members and $50 a person for non-members.

4. Hing Kee Resturant

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2140 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 808-9538
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Making homemade dumplings, listen to ancient Chinese stories, indulge in a family-style dinner, and participate in a Chinese lantern festival at Hing Kee. The celebration begins at 3 p.m. on February 3; $35 a person

5. Shanghai Terrace

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108 E Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 573-6744
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Shanghai Terrace offers an extravagant eight-course dinner menu through February 2 including double-boiled seafood soup, stuffed crab claws, abalone fried rice, and dim sum. $128 per person.

6. 8000 Miles

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107 Main Street
Roselle, IL 60172
From January 30-February 2, drop into this Chinese-Japanese fusion concept for numerous Chinese New Year celebrations featuring a five-course wine dinner, a traditional lion dance, and special menu selections such as the special "jiaozi dumpling."

7. Sun Wah BBQ

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5039 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 769-1254
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Following Uptown's New Year parade on February 1, Sun Wah is offering its annual 10-12 dish, $40 New Year's dinner at 6:30 p.m.

8. Chinese-American Museum

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238 W 23rd St
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 949-1000
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Bring your family to the Chinese-American Museum on February 1 from 2-4 p.m. for many Chinese traditions. Families can check out traditional Chinese tea, sweet dumplings, sweet and savory sesame balls, and New Year cakes. $12 for non-members, $10 for members, and $5 for children.

9. The Crystal Gardens

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700 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 595-5436
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As an alternative to the standard evening New Years plans, The Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier continues to celebrate the Chinese New Year with a lantern festival on February 16. The Chinese New Year lantern celebration will feature live music, dance performances, Chinese cuisine, calligraphy, kids' crafts, and folk art provided by local groups and businesses. Free admission.

10. Cai

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2100 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 326-6888
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This Chinatown dim sum eatery is hosting the Notre Dame Club of Chicago's New Year's brunch celebration. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. on February 9; $15 per person.

11. Big Bowl

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60 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 951-1888
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Both Gold Coast and Lincolnshire Big Bowls are hosting their annual New Year dumpling class on February 1 at 9 a.m. For $15 a person ($5 for kids age 13 and under), each attendee can work with a chef, sample their food, and take home a gift bag with the recipe.

12. Sunda

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110 W Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 644-0500
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Sunda's special New Year's menu, available through Friday, puts a modern spin on traditional dishes such as stuffed crab claws, whole fish "off the hook," mu shu duck and more.

13. The Terrace

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521 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 645-1500
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Start the New Year up in the sky inside Terrace Restaurant. Available from January 31-February 12, try their take on salt and pepper shrimp and szechuan chicken.

14. The Garage

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116 N Aberdeen
Chicago, IL
The new Yum Dum food truck will highlight dumplings on Saturday from 2-4:30 p.m. at this food truck haven. Partake in a hands-on dumpling class and a family-style feast with freshly-made dumplings for $45 per person.

1. Phoenix Restaurant

2131 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
To celebrate the year of the horse, this Bridgeport spot has an eight-course banquet, performances, and more on February 11 for $75 a person.
2131 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

2. Lao You Ju

2002 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
Ring in the New year at Lao You Ju and consume a traditional three-course Chinese menu for $35 a person. Not only are cash prizes available, but diners can partake in the traditional game of musical chairs throughout dinner.
2002 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

3. New Furama Restaurant

2828 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
Ring in the New Year in style with a bountiful Chinese service and special performances, including a traditional Lion Dance, at New Furama. $35 a person for members and $50 a person for non-members.
2828 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

4. Hing Kee Resturant

2140 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
Making homemade dumplings, listen to ancient Chinese stories, indulge in a family-style dinner, and participate in a Chinese lantern festival at Hing Kee. The celebration begins at 3 p.m. on February 3; $35 a person
2140 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

5. Shanghai Terrace

108 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611
Shanghai Terrace offers an extravagant eight-course dinner menu through February 2 including double-boiled seafood soup, stuffed crab claws, abalone fried rice, and dim sum. $128 per person.
108 E Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611

6. 8000 Miles

107 Main Street, Roselle, IL 60172
From January 30-February 2, drop into this Chinese-Japanese fusion concept for numerous Chinese New Year celebrations featuring a five-course wine dinner, a traditional lion dance, and special menu selections such as the special "jiaozi dumpling."
107 Main Street
Roselle, IL 60172

7. Sun Wah BBQ

5039 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640
Following Uptown's New Year parade on February 1, Sun Wah is offering its annual 10-12 dish, $40 New Year's dinner at 6:30 p.m.
5039 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60640

8. Chinese-American Museum

238 W 23rd St, Chicago, IL 60616
Bring your family to the Chinese-American Museum on February 1 from 2-4 p.m. for many Chinese traditions. Families can check out traditional Chinese tea, sweet dumplings, sweet and savory sesame balls, and New Year cakes. $12 for non-members, $10 for members, and $5 for children.
238 W 23rd St
Chicago, IL 60616

9. The Crystal Gardens

700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
As an alternative to the standard evening New Years plans, The Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier continues to celebrate the Chinese New Year with a lantern festival on February 16. The Chinese New Year lantern celebration will feature live music, dance performances, Chinese cuisine, calligraphy, kids' crafts, and folk art provided by local groups and businesses. Free admission.
700 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

10. Cai

2100 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
This Chinatown dim sum eatery is hosting the Notre Dame Club of Chicago's New Year's brunch celebration. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. on February 9; $15 per person.
2100 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

11. Big Bowl

60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611
Both Gold Coast and Lincolnshire Big Bowls are hosting their annual New Year dumpling class on February 1 at 9 a.m. For $15 a person ($5 for kids age 13 and under), each attendee can work with a chef, sample their food, and take home a gift bag with the recipe.
60 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611

12. Sunda

110 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654
Sunda's special New Year's menu, available through Friday, puts a modern spin on traditional dishes such as stuffed crab claws, whole fish "off the hook," mu shu duck and more.
110 W Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60654

13. The Terrace

521 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
Start the New Year up in the sky inside Terrace Restaurant. Available from January 31-February 12, try their take on salt and pepper shrimp and szechuan chicken.
521 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

14. The Garage

116 N Aberdeen, Chicago, IL
The new Yum Dum food truck will highlight dumplings on Saturday from 2-4:30 p.m. at this food truck haven. Partake in a hands-on dumpling class and a family-style feast with freshly-made dumplings for $45 per person.
116 N Aberdeen
Chicago, IL

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