5 Chicago Restaurants With Lunar New Year Specials

Celebrate the year of the Ox while supporting some of Chicago’s small businesses.

This year, Lunar New Year starts Friday, February 12. And even though the annual parade in Chinatown will look different, you can still celebrate the year of the Ox with an amazing meal from one of these restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a takeout feast on your couch or a celebratory dinner out, here are five restaurants with specials available.

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This is the spot formally known as A Place by Damao, right on the border of Bridgeport and Chinatown. Da Mao Jia specializes in Chengdu cuisine, and they’re serving family-style Chinese New Year combos. Meals range from $40-112, and include a variety of dishes like szechuan sausage and rice, pork feet, Chengdu protein and veggie mix, and water jelly cake. Pre-order here.

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Saigon Sisters Restaurant


The Lunar New Year four-course dinner at Saigon Sisters also doubles as their Valentine’s Day special. It’s available from February 11-14, costs $75, and has options like turmeric fish spring rolls, spicy beef noodles, fried rice, bun rieu soup, and almond cookies with ginger ice cream. There are multiple locations downtown, and you can order here for pick-up.

Ok, this isn’t technically a special. But you should definitely consider ordering the Peking duck from Lao Sze Chuan. Peking duck’s red skin represents luck and is also supposed to bring a happy and prosperous year, which, let’s face it, we all need. The roasted duck can be ordered as half or full, and comes with plum sauce, pancakes, scallions, and cucumber.

Taipei Cafe


This Taiwanese restaurant in Chinatown is offering Chinese New Year combos, plus 22% off all takeout orders for the specials. There are several different options that feed anywhere from two to six people - dished include popcorn chicken, hot pot, noodles, and bean curd rolls filled with seafood.

Grand Palace


Grand Palace is a family-owned spot, and is one of our go-to’s for Cantonese food in Chinatown. And right now they’re e offering some new dishes only for the Lunar New Year, like mushroom bean curd, sea cucumber, and the shrimp in a salted duck egg yolk sauce. It’s all available for carryout, delivery and indoor dining.

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