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.
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,