Where to Celebrate the Chinese New Year

By Sarah Freeman | January 30, 2014 By Sarah Freeman  |  January 30, 2014

Ring in the Year of the Horse with a wide array of authentic options, from a dumpling-making class to a multi-course Chinese feast.

The Garage
Learn how to make dumplings with the coming-soon Yum Dum dumpling truck. Chef/owner Jeff Wang will teach guests how to fill and fold dumplings followed by a full meal of preview items from the truck. Saturday’s class begins at 2 PM, is BYOB and costs $45.

The Peninsula
The Lobby’s afternoon tea service takes on an Asian twist for the New Year. It is served through Sunday at 2:45 PM, with a special Lion Dance Parade on Friday at 2:30 PM. Upstairs, Shanghai Terrace will offer a more elaborate eight-course dinner menu, through Saturday, with assorted dim sum, double-boiled seafood soup and stuffed crab claws for $128 per person.

This Asian hot spot rolled out a special menu to celebrate the Chinese New Year. It features classic dishes like hot and sour soup, stuffed crab claws with shitake mushrooms and truffle-soy vinaigrette, golden prawns mixed with crab cream cheese in a crispy wonton shell, mu shu duck, sesame chicken, Szechwan pepper steak and whole red snapper with Shaoxing soy.

Sun Wah BBQ
The annual Lunar New Year parade will be held in Uptown on Saturday starting at 1 PM. Following the festivities, this popular Chinese restaurant/Korean BBQ joint offers a 10-12 dish New Year's dinner at 6:30 PM for $40.

Sugar Bliss
Start the year on a sweet note with this special Chinese New Year cupcake. A red velvet cake is topped with cream cheese frosting and adorned with gold sprinkles and a "Congrats and Prosperity" decal.

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Sun Wah BBQ

Chinese Uptown
Food25 Decor11 Service18 Cost$26
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Asian River North
Food25 Decor25 Service23 Cost$55
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The Peninsula Chicago

Luxury Hotel River North
Quality29 Facilities29 Service28
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Shanghai Terrace

River North
Food27 Decor28 Service26 Cost$80

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