In years past, there has been no better place to celebrate the Chinese New Year in the city than Chicago's own Chinatown. But this year, you can partake in traditions and festivals throughout the entire city that will have you ready for the Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown February 2. In the spirit of this new year of the horse, join the city in celebrating at one of these engaging events, with a full 

This is no small celebration. In fact, Mayor Emanuel announced last week that he was committed to growing this citywide celebration year by year to become the largest Chinese New Year celebration in North America. Learn more about how and where you can celebrate with Chicagoans throughout the city, and for more information on the events click here.

Redmoon Theatre Performance at the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom
Feb. 1, 6-7:30 PM

Chinese New Year Navy Pier

Experience the Chinese New Year with the creativity of the Redmoon Theatre in the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom in this performance, leading off with a celebratory procession, and ending with fireworks at Navy Pier. You'll see and encounter costumed performers, massive machinery spectacles, and creative opportunities to build your own lanterns in celebration of this Chinese New Year.  

Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 5-10 PM
Millennium Park Ice Rink
Free Admission

Experience Millennium Park's Ice Rink as a canvas of colorful shades and hues, transforming into ever-shifting palettes of red, blue, green, yellow, and magenta for an immersive and playful experience of shadow.

Spring Light
Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 5-10 PM
Chicago Cultural Center

A celebration of light and projection inspired by Chinese philosophy, art, architecture and traditional folklore illuminate the Chicago Cultural Center to commemorate the Chinese New Year. "Spring Light" transforms the building into a moving world where images of nature, people, geometry and color all intertwine in an artistic and harmonious balance.The Cultural Center façade will be mapped with mythological and animated videos, merging with the spirit of the lantern festival to send good wishes for the year to come.

Shadow Play Lighting Up Spring Festival
Macy's  on State Street Window Installation Jan. 31-Feb. 24

As a unique artistic form combining traditional Chinese craftsmanship and drama, shadow play is an integral element of the splendid Chinese traditional art. By using the elements of shadow puppet and shadow play, the window display promotes Chinese traditional culture to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Come take a look at these magnificent windows from January 31 through February 24.