Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration
Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration
Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration
2017 Chinese New year Lantern Festival Navy Pier
Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration
Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration
2017 Chinese New Year Celebration - Butterfly Lovers Concerto
Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration
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Chicago Chinese New Year

January 28 - February 12, 2017
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 retail offers mark the holiday from January 28 – February 12 — the Year of the Rooster! See the schedule below for all the Spring Festival events planned across Chicago.

FEATURED EVENTS

Chinese New Year Celebration at the Garfield Park Conservatory

January 21
  • Time: 12:00-4:00pm
  • Location: Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 North Central Park Ave.
  • $3 suggested donation
On Saturday, January 21st the Garfield Park Conservatory is celebrating the Year of the Rooster with hands-on activities, traditional Chinese dance performances, and wishes for the New Year! Join us from noon to 4pm for an afternoon of family-fun and learning.

 

Dumpling Making Dinner

January 21 & February 4
  • 3:00pm
  • Location: Hing Kee Restaurant, 2140 S Archer Avenue
  • $40
To celebrate the incoming Year of the Rooster, Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute (CCCI) invites you to join us for our 13th Annual Chinese New Year Dumpling Making Dinner. For the past twelve years, CCCI’s Chinese New Year Dumpling Making Dinner has become one of the most recognized traditions of Chicago Chinese New Year celebration. CCCI is dedicated to promoting Chinese culture in the Greater Chicago area, and we hope to keep this tradition of celebrating the Chinese New Year with our friends. In the recent years, many of you have supported us and our culture events. In return, we would like to share the joy and prosperity of Chinese New Year with you. We hope to see many old friends at this year’s Dumpling Making Dinner and would love for those of you who are new to Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute to join us for the celebration as well.

Chinese Lunar New Year at the Art Institute of Chicago

January 28
  • Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Location: Art Institute of Chicago - Griffin Court (Modern Wing) & Asian Galleries
  • FREE w/ museum admission
Enjoy music, dancers, art demonstrations, and a special performance by the National Peking Opera Company to celebrate the Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, when families and friends gather together to share their mutual wishes for well-being and prosperity. Presented with the Chinese Fine Arts Society and the Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute.

Additional Activations at the Art Institute of Chicago

  • Mini-Tour: Fowl Friends

    Date: January 20 - February 11
    Location: Museum-wide
    In celebration of the Year of the Rooster, we’re calling on our feathered friends to lead the festivities. Join the fun with this self-guided, bilingual tour of geese, ducks and roosters from our Chinese collection!

  • Public Tours

    Date: Saturday, January 28th & Sunday, January 29th
    Time: 12:00pm
    Location: Asian Galleries
    Looking for an opportunity to practice your Chinese? Join us for free public tours in Chinese to learn about our Asian collection and rooster-themed tour.

  • Family Programs

    Date: January 20 - February 11
    Time: 10:30AM – 5:00PM
    Location: Ryan Learning Center
    Bring your kids to the museum for free drop-in art activities celebrating Chinese New Year.

  • Thorne Miniature Rooms

    Date: January 20 – February 11
    Location: Thorne Rooms, Lower Level
    Visit the Thorne Miniature Rooms to see our traditional Chinese interior that’s decorated annually to ring in the Chinese New Year!

  • Museum Café: Chinese New Year Specials

    Date: January 20 – February 11
    Location: Museum Café
    Welcome the Year of the Rooster with stir-fry and dumplings in the Museum Café.

  • Chinese Audio Guide

    Date: Ongoing
    Location: Museum-wide
    Our current Chinese Audio Guide highlights 50 of the top works in our collection. We are excited to announce that we will be adding 15 new stops to the Chinese Audio Guide by Chinese New Year!

  • Chinese Pocket Guide

    Date: Ongoing
    Location: Museum-wide
    Pick up our Chinese Pocket Guide to learn more about our collection and take home a piece of the Art Institute of Chicago


 

Chinese New Year Celebration: Butterfly Lovers Concerto

January 29
  • Time: 3:00pm
  • Location: Chicago Symphony Center, Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan Avenue
  • Tickets: Starting at $20
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a concert showcasing the rich history of Chinese music, from the traditional to the contemporary. CSO Concertmaster Robert Chen and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago perform the Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto, which blends Eastern and Western musical techniques and tells the tender story of two ill-fated lovers who triumphantly turn into butterflies and fly away together. The concert will also feature China's Shaanxi Province Song and Dance Theatre National Orchestra performing on traditional instruments.

 

Chinese New Year Kickoff Celebration

January 30
  • Time: 12:00pm
  • Location: Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington Street
  • FREE
Celebrating its 33rd year, the Chinese Fine Arts Society kicks off the Year of the Rooster with a festive display of Chinese dance, music and martial arts. Enjoy performances by some of Chicago’s finest artists and, back by popular demand, a showcase by Jackie Chan's Long Yun Kung Fu Troupe from Beijing.

China National Peking Opera Company at Studebaker Theater

January 31
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • Location: Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan Avenue
  • Price: TBD
Founded in 1955, China National Peking Opera Company (CNPOC) is one of the national ensembles of performance arts in China. Internationally renowned, CNPOC has toured over 50 countries in five continents and won numerous domestic and international performing arts awards. Their Chicago debut is highlighted by two of the most famous Peking Opera icons alive today, Mr. Yu Kuizhi and Ms. Li Shengsu, and features selections from some of the most acclaimed Peking Opera shows in China.

 

Argyle Lunar New Year Celebration

February 4
  • Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm
  • Location: Argyle Street from Broadway to Sheridan
  • FREE
Watch colorful lion and dragon dancers make their way through the Uptown neighborhood and along the main thoroughfare of Argyle Street (5000 North) from Broadway to Kenmore Avenue. Join the Argyle Business Community, Uptown United, Uptown Business Partners, SSA #34 and Alderman Harry Osterman for this special event!
 

Jackie Chan’s Long Yun Kung Fu Troupe

February 4
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Location: Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
  • Price: Starting at $33
Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Auditorium Theatre with Jackie Chan’s Long Yun Kung Fu Troupe from Beijing for an evening of heart-stopping artistry and athleticism. The 11 members of the Long Yun troupe – hand-picked by internationally renowned martial artist, actor, and film director Jackie Chan – effortlessly combine elements of traditional kung fu, ballet, and modern dance in the mesmerizing program 11 Warriors. Co-presented with the Chinese Fine Arts Society and Choose Chicago as part of the City of Chicago’s annual Chinese New Year Celebration, the Long Yun Kung Fu Troupe promises an unforgettable evening that is perfect for the whole family!
 

Arts & Culture Doc Fest – Edition Two

February 5
  • Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm
  • Location: Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Culture Center, 78 E Washington Street
  • FREE (with advance registration)
Curated by Sophia’s Choice and co-presented with the Center of International Cultural Exchange in Beijing (CICE) through the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Chicago, Arts & Culture Doc Fest (ACDF) is an annual documentaries festival featuring some never-before-seen documentaries covering music, dance, art and history from China. A total of seven documentaries with running times vary from 25 to 50 minutes will be shown in either Mandarin with English subtitles or in English with Chinese subtitles. Full schedule at www.asianpopupcinema.org/acdf-schedule-synopsis
 

Chinese Lunar New Year Parade

February 5
  • Time: 12:00 - 3:00pm
  • Location: Chinatown (Wentworth Avenue at 24th Avenue parade starting point)
  • FREE
Hosting more than 30,000 attendees annually, the Chinese Lunar New Year Parade takes place in the heart of Chinatown. Join the crowds in celebration of the Year of the Rooster as the procession travels north along Wentworth Avenue 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 Chicago Premiere of New Year’s Eve of Old Lee (Gao Nian Hao)

February 9
  • Times: 7:00pm
  • Locationi: Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Culture Center, 78 E Washington Street
  • FREE (with advance registration)
New Year’s Eve of Old Lee is directed by Gao Qunshu and stars Zhao Benshan, Yan Ni, Aaron Yan and Rayza Re and tells the story of when a father's daughter returns home from Beijing with her own daughter during Chinese New Year resulting in conflict breaking out across three generations of the family.
 

Neighborhoods of the World: Chinese Lantern Festival

February 12
  • Time: 12:00 - 4:00pm
  • Location: Crystal Gardens, Navy Pier
  • FREE
Bring the entire family to celebrate and learn more about the Lantern Festival, celebrated at the close of the Chinese New Year holiday, with an afternoon of dance, music, and martial arts performances. Featuring the best of Chicagoland’s students and professionals keeping traditional Chinese arts alive, the Crystal Gardens will be transformed into a festive marketplace filled with vendors, craftsmen, a culinary sampling and activities for all ages.

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