Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration
Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration
Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration
Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration
Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration
Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration
Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration
Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration
Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration

Chicago Chinese New Year

February 8 - 22, 2016
With one of the largest Chinatowns in North America, Chicago is the proud home to a vibrant Chinese community that celebrates its rich cultural traditions with gusto. Holidays are particularly festive and Chinese New Year is undoubtedly one of the biggest.

Join in the citywide celebration as cultural performances, parades, special events and hotel/retail offers mark the holiday from February 8 to February 22, 2016 — the Year of the Monkey! See the schedule below for all the Spring Festival events planned across Chicago.


Chinese New Year at the Garfield Park Conservatory

February 6
  • Time: 12:00-4:00pm
  • Location: Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 North Central Park Ave.
  • FREE
The Year of the Goat is coming to a close, and the Monkey is on its way in! February 8th marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year and we’re celebrating all weekend long. Put a wish up on our money tree, dance like a dragon and make your own Monkey Mask in this fun-filled afternoon. Kids and adults alike will learn all about customs and traditions associated with this holiday as they engage in hands-on activities and more!


Brookfield Zoo’s Lunar New Year Celebration

February 6
  • Time: 11:00am-4:00pm
  • Location: Brookfield Zoo (Discovery Center), 8400 31st St., Brookfield, IL 60513
  • FREE
It's an event for the entire family. Enjoy animal feedings, keeper chats, and traditional Chinese lion and folk dancing. Also, make your own take-home red lantern, snap a picture in the dragon photo booth, enjoy a Year of the Monkey Scavenger Hunt through the indoor Tropic World exhibit, and receive a lucky red envelope with a special prize inside, and much more.

Chinese New Year Kickoff at Chicago Cultural Center

February 8
  • Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm
  • Location: Chicago Cultural Center (Preston Bradley Hall), 78 E. Washington St.
  • FREE
Be dazzled by lion dancers as they beat their drums to scare away evil spirits and bring good luck for the New Year. Take in the beauty and elegance of traditional Chinese dance and music presented by some of Chicago's finest artists. Celebrating its 32nd year, the Chinese Fine Arts Society welcomes the Year of the Monkey with this colorful kickoff celebration, which also features a short preview performance by Jackie Chan's Long Yun Kung Fu Troupe.


Jackie Chan's Long Yun Kung Fu Troupe

February 9 and February 13
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Location: Reva & David Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St.
  • Tickets: $35 and up for adults, $25 for students with valid ID
Heart stopping and moving, the Long Yun Kung Fu Troupe makes its Midwest debut! Comprised of some of the best martial artists from across China, each performer was handpicked by Hollywood sensation Jackie Chan to create a new art form that melds martial arts with elegant traditional Chinese dance. Rarely seen outside of China, this troupe’s artistry and athleticism is sure to take your breath away.

These two performances are presented by the Chinese Fine Arts Society, in partnership with the Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts and the Joyce Foundation. *Please note tickets will be on sale beginning January 18 at or by calling 773.702.ARTS for the box office.

Argyle Street Lunar New Year Parade

February 13
  • Time: 1:00pm
  • Location: Uptown (1121 W. Argyle parade starting point)
  • FREE
Watch festive parade floats and colorful lion and dragon dancers make their way through the Uptown neighborhood and along the main thoroughfare of Argyle Street (5000 North Broadway) from Broadway to Winthrop Avenue. Face painting and lantern making add to the family fun.


Dumpling Making Dinner

February 13
  • Time: 3:00pm
  • Location: Hing Kee, 2140 S. Archer Avenue
  • Tickets: $36.87 for adults, $31.74 for children under 12
Join the Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute for an afternoon feast at the 12th Annual Chinese New Year Dumpling Making Dinner. Favorite Chinatown restaurant Hing Kee will host the traditional event — which in addition to dumpling making — features story telling, authentic Chinese cuisine and lots of fun surprises.

Free Museum Tours in Mandarin at Art Institute of Chicago

February 13-14 and February 20-21
  • Time: 12:00pm
  • Location: Art Institute of Chicago (Griffin Court), 111 S. Michigan Ave.
  • Free with museum admission
Take a spin through the collections and discover works that have delighted visitors from around the world for over a century. In Impressionist galleries, see Monet, Degas, Renoir, and more. Plunge into the color and excitement of late 19th-century life while viewing one of the most admired collections of French Impressionism in the world. In American Art, discover how artists have expressed the many sides of the American experience. Highlights of the Modern Wing include Modern and Contemporary art in our stunning Renzo Piano–designed addition with the work of Roy Lichtenstein, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and other giants of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Chinese Lunar New Year Parade

February 14
  • Time: 1:00pm
  • Location: Chinatown (Wentworth Avenue at 24th Avenue parade starting point)
  • FREE
Hosting more than 30,000 attendees annually, the big parade takes place in the heart of Chinatown. Join the crowds in celebration of the Year of the Monkey as the procession travels north along Wentworth Ave. from 24th Place up to Cermak Rd. Along the way don't miss the marching bands, floats, traditional dragon and lion dance performances, a 100-ft paper dragon and more.

Asian Pop-Up Cinema presents "The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven"

February 17
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Location: AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois Street
  • Tickets: $20/General Admission, 3D glasses included
Catch the Chicago premiere, being shown in 3D! A painstaking frame-for-frame restoration and 3D rendering of the classic 1961 Wan Laiming masterpiece, a national treasure and China’s most celebrated work of animation, THE MONKEY KING follows the adventures of the magical Monkey King of Flower Fruit Mountain. This mischievous character creates havoc by refusing to bow down to the authority of the Celestial Jade Emperor. The voiceovers for the new rendition includes celebrity talents & artists from China, to name a few: Chen Kaige, Feng Xiaogang, Chen Daoming, Liu Xiaoqi, Zhou Libo, Zhang Guoli and Yao Cheng.

Arts & Culture Doc Fest

February 19-20
  • Times & Locations: Vary
  • FREE (with advance registration)
In association with the Chinese Consulate in Chicago, Sophia’s Choice will present some never-been-seen documentaries produced & sourced by the Centre of International Cultural Exchange in Beijing. Discover subject matters ranging from music and dance, to art and history, as well as personal accounts — with titles including Passage to China and Shaolin Kung Fu Monks. Films will be presented in either Mandarin with English subtitles or in English with Chinese subtitles, and will run at the Chicago History Museum (2/19 beginning at 9:45am) and Chicago Botanic Garden (2/20 beginning at 10:15am).

Symphony Center presents Chinese New Year Concert

February 21
  • Time: 3:00pm
  • Location: Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.
  • Tickets: Starting at $20
Symphony Center Presents offers a special concert featuring guest artists from China performing both traditional and contemporary Chinese music. The internationally acclaimed China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra, conducted by Pang Kapang, make their Chicago debut with a program that includes the joyous “Spring Festival Prelude” and the cheerful “Hauer Caprice” with CSO cellist Katinka Kleijn as soloist.

Chinese New Year Lantern Festival at Navy Pier

February 21
  • Time: 12:00 - 3:00pm
  • Location: Navy Pier (Crystal Gardens), 600 E. Grand Ave.
  • FREE
Bring the entire family to Chicago's most popular site, Navy Pier, for this free afternoon presented by the Chinese Fine Arts Society for the Neighborhoods of the World celebration. See the Crystal Gardens transformed into a festive Chinese marketplace filled with local vendors, craftsman, and entertainers. This event brings together the best of Chicagoland’s students and professionals keeping Chinese arts alive with an impressive display of dance, music, and martial arts.


Shanghai Spring Music Series

Ongoing: Wednesdays from January 6 - February 24
  • Time: 8:00 - 10:00pm
  • On Air: WFMT Radio 98.7
Enjoy Chicago’s WFMT Radio Network launch of “Shanghai Spring,” a series of eight weekly, two-hour radio programs based on the Shanghai Spring International Music Festival (SSIMF). “Shanghai Spring” will take listeners to one of the most vibrant cities of the world and offer a front-row concert seat. This groundbreaking project is the first of its kind, uniting the WFMT Radio Network, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and SSIMF—opening the door between Western and Chinese music.


Bloomingdale's Celebrates Lunar New Year

Ongoing: January 15 – March 1
  • Location: 900 N Michigan Ave.
  • FREE
Bloomingdale’s will ring in the Year of the Monkey this Lunar New Year with unique merchandise, special events and cultural presentations from January 15 – March 1, 2016.

Shoppers can join in on the celebration and test their luck with the Chinese red envelope tradition from February 11-14, where select envelopes will be filed with prizes such as a bMoney card in a denomination of $8, $88 or $888; a complimentary Forty Carrots frozen yogurt; a limited edition Year of the Monkey reusable tote bag; and special offers throughout the cosmetics department.

Bloomingdale’s will also be debuting showcases curated by the retailer’s fashion office that are filled with plenty of gift-worthy goods. The pop-up shop will include pieces such as a limited edition reusable “Little Monkey Bag” inspired by Bloomindale’s iconic Brown Bag, limited edition Godiva chocolates in Year of the Monkey boxes, Voluspa candles, Marc Jacobs and Rebecca Minkoff accessories, and a red edition of Beats by Dre headphones.

Fashion Outlets of Chicago Celebrates Lunar New Year

Ongoing: January 30 - February 14
Ring in the Year of the Monkey with special Lunar New Year events! Starting January 30 through February 14, enjoy special events, exclusive discounts and special offers from many of our stores and restaurants!

Lunar New Year Red Envelopes
Visit Concierge Services on Level One to receive a traditional red envelope containing:
  • A VIP pass granting access to a special lounge for shoppers to enjoy hot tea, fortune cookies and complimentary luggage and shopping bag hold.

  • A complimentary commemorative Year of the Monkey Green Savings Card, providing more than $800 in savings at several Fashion Outlets of Chicago stores

Special Events at Fashion Outlets of Chicago
Saturday, January 30
  • 2pm in the Food Court on Level 1: Enjoy special performances by the Huaxing Art Troupe, formally known as the Xilin Art Academy, accompanied by the acclaimed “Crazy Violinist,” Shaobo Zhang. Zhang is known for awing audiences around the world with his unique and exciting performances!

  • 2:30pm in the Food Court on Level 1: Enjoy traditional dances, a Chinese fashion show and a Kung Fu presentation

  • 4pm - 5pm at Le Creuset on Level 2: Chinese Cuisine Cooking Demonstration with the Le Creuset team

Saturday, February 6:
  • 3pm - 4pm at Le Creuset on Level 2: Chinese Cuisine Cooking Demonstration with the Le Creuset team


Celebrate Chinese New Year at 360 Chicago

Ongoing: February 1 – 29
To celebrate Chinese New Year, visit 360 CHICAGO 1,000 feet above The Magnificent Mile. Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with discounted general admission at Chicago’s most popular attraction. 360 CHICAGO and its one-of-a-kind attraction, TILT, will bring the spirit of this wonderful celebration to life with spectacular sky-high views of the city lights and frosty lakefront from the 360 CHICAGO floor.

Chinese New Year Window Display at Macy’s on State Street

Ongoing: Displayed through February 22
  • Location: Macy's on State Street, 111 N. State St.
  • FREE
Chicago's historic shopping center, Macy’s on State Street, celebrates the Year of the Monkey with style! A special window display designed by the Chinese Ministry of Culture will brighten the corner of State and Randolph Streets throughout the Spring Festival season. See the Monkey King himself wishing people the best in 2016 in this wonderful store display, then stop inside to shop with a special promotion (valid 2/1-2/15) featuring a 15% discount and exclusive wristlet gift with purchase.


City Windows Exhibition at The Field Museum

Ongoing: Displayed through May 27
  • Location: The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
  • Included with museum admission
Artist and professor Qiao Xiaoguang of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing created stunning panels in the ancient art form of Chinese paper cutting and the original works will be on display at The Field Museum through 2016. Fifteen large-scale panels (each is 51"x24") depict such iconic imagery as the Forbidden City in Beijing and the Bird's Nest from the 2008 Olympics, as well as Chicago landmarks Navy Pier and Willis Tower.

Free Family Programs at Art Institute of Chicago

Ongoing: February 8-22
  • Time: 10:30am - 3:00pm
  • Location: Art Institute of Chicago (Ryan Learning Center), 111 S. Michigan Ave.
  • FREE
Drop-in hours at the museum's always-free, family-friendly Ryan Learning Center make celebrating the Year of the Monkey easy and fun for all ages! Children can join in a special art making activity anytime throughout the day — no registration required.

Mandarin Audio & Pocket Guides at Art Institute of Chicago

Ongoing: Available now for rental
  • Location: Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.
  • Price: $6-7 (in addition to museum admission)
The newly updated audio guide ($7) provides a tour of highlights of the Art Institute’s illustrious collection with narration in Mandarin and an accompanying pamphlet guide ($6). Stops on the audio guide tour include Monet’s Water Lilies, American Gothic by Grant Wood, Picasso’s Old Guitarist, and the Thorne Miniature Rooms, which features a room decorated with a shadow puppet show for Chinese New Year.


"Monkeying Around" Self-Guided Mini Tour at Art Institute of Chicago

  • Location: Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.
  • FREE (with museum admission)
Get ready for a scavenger hunt! In celebration of Chinese New Year and the Year of the Monkey, Chicago's famed museum is calling on their troupe of museum monkeys to lead the festivities. Join the fun with this quick visit to find these curious creatures throughout the galleries and get in touch with your own simian side.

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