Lunar New Year Parade

Residents from across the city to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year with a parade, which begins at 24th Street and Wentworth Avenue and heads north up Wentworth to Cermak Road. Thousands watch marching bands, colorful floats, teams performing lion dances and a 90-foot long “Mystical Dragon.”

On February 14, 2016, we welcomed the “Year of the Monkey-4714″ with traditional lions & dragons, colorful floats, marching bands, local schools, Miss Friendship Ambassadors and Community Leaders wishing everyone “Gung Hay Fat Choi,” a very Happy & Prosperous New Year, as Chinatown celebrated its 104th Anniversary.


We will welcome the “Year of the Rooster – 4715″ on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 1 p.m..

Dragon Boat Race for Literacy

The Chinese Dragon Boat Race dates back to over 2,000 years and is a popular sport among Chinese and Asian communities all over the world. Started in 2000, the Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy is a family-fun activity enjoyed by visitors from all over the city and surrounding suburbs.
This year’s Dragon Boat Race will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2016.

Summer Fair

This iconic event is one of the most ethnically unique outdoor events in Chicago and the Midwest. Attracting more than 40,000 people from throughout the region, Chinatown Summer Fair is a true celebration of Far East beauty and culture including food, art and music.

The 37th Annual Chinatown Summer Fair is Sunday, July 17, 2016, 10am-8pm.  This Neighborhood Street Festival opens with a Lion Dance procession at 12:30pm, a welcome at 1pm on Main Stage, followed by Asian performances, Kung Fu demonstrations, A Taste of Chinatown’s Restaurants & Unique Gift Shops, Art’s & Craft’s exhibits, street vendors with an array of merchandise, a children’s Area with pony rides and petting zoo–a fabulous family event !!!

Tours of Chinatown

The Foundation produces tours through the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce to educate visitors about the history of Chicago’s Chinatown.