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Festival

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster

According to the Chinese calendar, the year of the Rooster will begin on January 28th. Expecting parents, take heed: we hear that babies born in the next twelve months will be observant, hardworking, courageous, talented, and confident. And what does the beginning of the Year of the Rooster mean for the rest of us? Festivities around Chicago, at the very least.

The city offers many opportunities to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Traditionally, the occasion honors deities and ancestors while centering on home life and family bonding. While the holiday occurs on January 28th, the city’s celebration begins at noon on January 30 at the Chicago Cultural Center. Two colorful parades will draw large crowds downtown, and the Art Institute will also offer a special performance by the National Peking Opera. Argyle Street will present its own colorful procession on February 4th, from 1:00PM to 2:30PM. Lion and dragon dancers will parade through the Uptown neighborhood, kicking-off underneath the CTA Argyle red line station.

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