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People celebrate Lunar New Year in Chicago

People celebrate Lunar New Year in Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood on Feb. 21, 2021. The Year of the Ox (4719) was inaugurated with lion dances instead of the traditional parade due to the coronavirus pandemic. Restaurants and stores made offerings of lettuce or oranges and gave red envelopes (hong bao) containing gifts to the lions to receive good luck, health and fortune in the new year.

Performers do lion dances outside a restaurant along South Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown on Feb. 21, 2021, to celebrate Lunar New Year. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

A young girl named Lina presents a red envelope (hong bao) to the costumed lions performing outside a restaurant along South Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown.

A young girl named Lina presents a red envelope (hong bao) to the costumed lions performing outside a restaurant along South Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Costumed performers do lion dances in Chinatown Square to celebrate Lunar New Year.

Costumed performers do lion dances in Chinatown Square to celebrate Lunar New Year. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Costumed performers do lion dances in Chinatown Square.

Costumed performers do lion dances in Chinatown Square. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Tommy Wong of the Hui-Ting Association directs his group of lion dancers along South Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown.

Tommy Wong of the Hui-Ting Association directs his group of lion dancers along South Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

A lion eats and spits out a lettuce offering to spread good luck along South Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown.

A lion eats and spits out a lettuce offering to spread good luck along South Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

A man watches as performers do a lion dance outside a restaurant along South Wentworth Avenue.

A man watches as performers do a lion dance outside a restaurant along South Wentworth Avenue. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Lanterns hang over South Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown on Feb. 21, 2021.

Lanterns hang over South Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown on Feb. 21, 2021. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Performers pause to find their next stop along South Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown.

Performers pause to find their next stop along South Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Tommy Wong of the Hui-Ting Association performs a lion dance outside a restaurant along South Wentworth Avenue.

Tommy Wong of the Hui-Ting Association performs a lion dance outside a restaurant along South Wentworth Avenue. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

A shop owner makes an offering of an orange and a red envelope (hong bao) containing a gift to the lion dancers along South Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown.

A shop owner makes an offering of an orange and a red envelope (hong bao) containing a gift to the lion dancers along South Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Costumed performers do lion dances in Chinatown Square on Feb. 21, 2021, to celebrate Lunar New Year.

Costumed performers do lion dances in Chinatown Square on Feb. 21, 2021, to celebrate Lunar New Year. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Tommy Wong of the Hui-Ting Association helps Kenmond Xavier Eng, 5, and Aryanna S. Eng, 6, present a gift to the lions along South Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown.

Tommy Wong of the Hui-Ting Association helps Kenmond Xavier Eng, 5, and Aryanna S. Eng, 6, present a gift to the lions along South Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Tommy Wong of the Hui-Ting Association reaches for the lettuce hanging outside a store while performing a lion dance along South Wentworth Avenue.

Tommy Wong of the Hui-Ting Association reaches for the lettuce hanging outside a store while performing a lion dance along South Wentworth Avenue. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez and Rep. Danny Davis receive stuffed gifts as they watch lion dances in Chinatown Square on Feb. 21, 2021, to celebrate Lunar New Year.

Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez and Rep. Danny Davis receive stuffed gifts as they watch lion dances in Chinatown Square on Feb. 21, 2021, to celebrate Lunar New Year. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Lanterns hang over South Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown.

Lanterns hang over South Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Tommy Wong of the Hui-Ting Association directs his group of lion dancers outside a restaurant along South Wentworth Avenue.

Tommy Wong of the Hui-Ting Association directs his group of lion dancers outside a restaurant along South Wentworth Avenue. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Restaurant workers watch the lion dances along South Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown.

Restaurant workers watch the lion dances along South Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Tommy Wong of the Hui-Ting Association stands on a ladder outside a store while performing a lion dance along South Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown.

Tommy Wong of the Hui-Ting Association stands on a ladder outside a store while performing a lion dance along South Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

People enjoy the lion dances outside a restaurant along South Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown.

People enjoy the lion dances outside a restaurant along South Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

A costumed lion accepts a gift of lettuce from a restaurant along South Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown.

A costumed lion accepts a gift of lettuce from a restaurant along South Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

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