Chinese restaurants and bakeries in Chicago offering food and specials to celebrate the Lunar New Year

Friday is the first day of the Lunar New Year in 2021, beginning the Year of the Ox, an animal sign believed to be symbolic of hard work and reliability.

The dawning of the new lunar calendar also means this weekend kicks off two weeks of celebration. And, since food is a necessity for proper celebrations, we’ve made a list of places offering takeout — and, in some cases, dine-in — options to start the Lunar New Year with a special meal.

88 Marketplace

The new shop has claimed the title as “Chicago’s largest Chinese supermarket,” which may arguably be true, though some warehouse stores have opened to the general public during the pandemic. 88 Marketplace will have sales on select items for the Lunar New Year. For those driving, there’s currently plentiful, yet chaotic, parking on the street and in lots across the road. 2105 S. Jefferson St., 312-846-6962,

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4 top options for low-priced Chinese food in Chicago

In search of a new favorite Chinese spot?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Chinese restaurants around Chicago, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture when cravings strike.

1. Chi Cafe

Topping the list is Chi Cafe. Located at 2160 S. Archer Ave., Suite A (between Cermak Road and 21st Street.), the Chinese spot is the most popular cheap Chinese restaurant in Chicago, boasting four stars out of 1,137 reviews on Yelp. The menu features items like egg rolls and noodle soup.

The site has lots more information on Chi Cafe.

“Chi Cafe was established in 2008 located in the heart of Chinatown Square,” according to the history section of the business’s Yelp profile. “We’re a modern eatery with late-night hours serving an extensive menu of classic Chinese dishes.”

2. Chiu Quon Bakery

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