On Saturday, February 5, the Great Lakes Credit Union (GLCU) served as the parade and event sponsor for the 40th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration hosted by Uptown United and 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman.
Hundreds of people gathered in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood to celebrate East and Southeast Asian traditions and to welcome the New Year, the Year of the Tiger. The event included a parade, family activities, community-led speeches and cultural performances.
Throughout the day, attendees enjoyed pop-up events hosted by local businesses and organizations. GLCU held a craft booth where families created Sakura trees and cherry blossoms, a common representation of a time of renewal and impending spring.
Long queues have formed at local bakeries, florists and restaurants. The parade was an opportunity to celebrate tradition and support local businesses.
“GLCU has had a wonderful experience working with Uptown United and the 48th Ward. It was extremely rewarding to see the event be a huge success,” said Community Development Specialist Brooke Wallace. “We look forward to supporting the community at future events.”
GLCU expanded to serve the Uptown area in 2019. The area, which is a premier cultural destination known for the Asia on Argyle district, is home to many restaurants and stores owned by Asian Americans.
“At its core, Argyle’s annual Lunar New Year event is a celebration of the community, and we are so grateful that Great Lakes Credit Union and its Uptown Local have been part of this year’s festivities,” said Greg Carroll, director of partnerships and events at Uptown United. “By marching in the parade and providing an interactive art activity for visitors of all ages, GLCU has proven to be a valuable partner in engaging the community.”
The Great Lakes Credit Union is grateful for the opportunity to be part of the annual Lunar New Year Parade. GLCU is committed to the financial empowerment of all and giving back to its communities is one of the core values of the credit union.
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Founded in 1938 and based in Northern Illinois, GLCU is committed to empowering you financially. As a nonprofit financial cooperative with over $1 billion in assets, GLCU is proud to serve more than 80,000 members in Chicagoland and surrounding areas. Learn more about GLCU’s accounts, educational initiatives, and community development programs at glcu.org