Diwali at the Art Institute
The ancient Hindu festival of lights, Diwali marks Lord Rama's return from exile and the start of a new calendar year. It's a happy festival of thanksgiving, and a time to refresh and recharge your life. This five-day holiday is based on the lunar calendar, so the date changes annually. This year Diwali falls on October 30. Here are three ways to celebrate this luminous festival in Chicago.



Embrace Creativity at the Art Institute of Chicago's Diwali Family Festival

Saturday, November 5. Drop-in from 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m. 

Diwali Family Festival

Celebrate the Hindu festival of light at the Art Institute of Chicago's annual Diwali Family Festival. Visitors are invited to create artwork inspired by Indian traditions, including mandalas and diya oil lamps, explore sculptures through sketching in the Alsdorf Galleries of Indian, Southeast Asian, and Himalayan Art, and hear stories told by a costumed dancer from Mandala South Asian Performing Arts. You'll also have the chance to meet artist Shaurya Kumar and discover an image-transfer technique that combines digital design with traditional materials.

The Art Institue of Chicago Diwali Family Festival
111 S. Michigan Avenue
Start at the Ryan Learning Center
Free for all ages



Gather Traditional Diwali Sweets on Devon Avenue, Chicago's Desi Corridor

Sunday, October 30. All day.

Tahoora Sweets & Bakery

So many traditional treats mark Diwali that it might almost be called the festival of sweets instead of the festival of lights! Stock up on Diwali sweets to share with family and friends on Chicago's Devon Avenue (in the West Ridge corridor that is Chicago's Little India). At both Tahoora Sweets & Bakery (2345 W. Devon Avenue) and King Sweets (2308 W. Devon Avenue) you'll find a wide variety of tasty sweet treats. Stay and stroll festive Devon Avenue, which bustles with activity during Diwali.



Dance to the Bhangra Beat at Lite Nightclub's Diwali Party

Friday, October 28. Doors open at 10 p.m.

Diwali at Lite

The hot River North nightclub Lite will be hosting a special Diwali celebration presented by Bhangratheque, on Friday, October 28. Hosts Jimmy Singh and DJ Krush will be spinning Indian beats at this 21-and-over event. Bottle service and club valet available. Dress to impress. Tickets are $12.

Diwali at Lite Nightclub
215 W. Ontario
Ages 21 and over