With more than 65,000 Chinese residents, Chicago's Chinatown
is one of the largest neighborhoods of its kind in the United States, so it should come as no surprise that Chinese New Year
in Chicago is a spectacular citywide celebration, with cultural performances, traditional demonstrations, breathtaking fireworks and more.
Mark your calendars for February 15 - March 5, 2015 to catch the exciting lineup of Chinese New Year festivities.
Sounds of China: A Chinese New Year Celebration
February 15, 2015
A collaborative effort between the National Chinese Traditional Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chinese Fine Arts Society, this concert at the Symphony Center showcases an exciting infusion of Chinese folk music and traditional instruments with contemporary Chinese music and western classical music.
Chinese New Year Lightscape
February 16 - March 5, 2015
Stroll along State Street to experience a multi-sensory display of eye-catching light installations and festive music.
Macy's Celebrates the Year of the Sheep
February 16 - March 6, 2015
Celebrate the Year of the Sheep with Macy's on State Street and Macy's at Water Tower Place with festive promotions, including a limited time 20 percent discount, an exclusive gift with purchase tote bag featuring commemorative artwork, in-store entertainment and events at the State Street location, and limited edition merchandise from various vendors themed for Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year Kickoff Celebration
February 19, 2015
Make sure to wear red (for good fortune!) when you attend the dazzling celebration, now in its 31st year, presented by the Chinese Fine Arts Society at Preston Bradley Hall inside the Chicago Cultural Center. Attendees will marvel at traditional Chinese dance performances, martial arts demonstrations and musical recitals. Eye-catching lion dancers will beat their drums to scare away evil spirits and bring good luck for the Year of the Sheep.
Chinese Lunar New Year Parade
February 22, 2015
Don't miss this festive parade in Chinatown, as 30,000 attendees delight in an eye-catching procession of marching bands, colorful floats, traditional dragon and lion dance performances, a 100-foot paper dragon and much more.
Chinese New Year Lantern Festival
March 1, 2015
This family-friendly extravaganza inside The Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier features dance, music, multi-arts performances and a marketplace showcasing Chinese cultural vendors and artisans. Attendees even can make their own crafts, with calligraphy, paper cutting and lantern making stations.