Things to do this weekend: Lunar New Year, chili cookoff

If you’re looking for something to do in Uptown this weekend, there’s a flurry of activity; Uptown’s Argyle neighborhood, which has a substantial Asian population (and in particular, a large Vietnamese community) will be celebrating Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year.

Among the festivities is a parade on Saturday. According to details on the Uptown Business Partners Web site, the parade begins at 1121 W. Argyle St. at 1 pm, and will then proceed east to Sheridan, south to Lawrence, and north to Broadway before returning to Argyle.

Truman’s campus will also be part of neighborhood festivities. A Lunar New Celebration will begin at 11 am. According to Uptown Update, admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children under 10. Asian foods, crafts and cultural performances are part of the offerings.

And St. Augustine College will also hold a festival, hosted by the Vietnamese Association of Illinois. This festival runs from 11 am to 5 pm. Admission is free.

If you’re not in the mood for a parade, you can head to Crew Bar & Grill at Broadway and Lawrence for the 7th Annual Charity Chili Contest. For $10 you can sample all the entries and cast a vote for your favorite. All proceeds benefit Care for Real, a nearby food pantry.

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