By Wanying Zhao
Ushering in the Year of the Rat from the Chinese zodiac, Chicago celebrated Chinese New Year with a grand gala of Chinese culture at Navy Pier.
Honoring one of the most important festivals in China, the Chinese community in Chicago enjoyed a taste of home while thousands of miles away and shared it with thousands of others. The Jan. 25 programming was presented by ComEd. Chinatown also hosted an annual parade and more celebrations across the area feted the holiday.