Chicago International Puppet Festival

The weekend is finally here and we know you're ready to take advantage of all the events Chicago has to offer! Are you a huge fan of puppetry, or curious about this incredibly creative art form? Have you been anticipating the celebration of the Chinese New Year? Well, you won't want to miss the Puppet Theater Festival and many festivities for this Chinese holiday! It's time to make weekend plans. 



Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival Opens
January 19-29 // Prices vary


The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival will feature public performances across the city, a symposium, and workshops. For those of you whose imaginations are curious and whose hearts are young. And for those of you who have yet to see a contemporary puppet show, it will be like nothing you have ever seen before.  

For kid-friendly options, check out two upcoming shows from Adventure Stage Chicago:

Adventure Stage Chicago

January 21-23

What's more surprising than a plastic-bag world, where funny and colorful creatures appear and transform? They meet, fill up, empty out. They fly, they fight, they eat each other. With Plastique, Théâtre Puzzle brings to Adventure Stage a multicolored performance with unusual puppets, humor, and unexpected situations.


The Sorcerer's Apprentice
January 27-28 // $17

Left by his master to complete a list of chores, the apprentice calls on spirits to help. Using magic he can't control, the young hero unleashes a flurry of whimsy and mystery! With masterful marionette puppetry and an original score, Minneapolis-based Open Eye Figure Theatre explores youth and aging, the allure of power, and the beauty of a life well-lived. 



All-You-Can-Eat Soup from Dos Urban Cantina
Every Sunday in January

Dos Urban Cantina

Celebrate National Soup Month this January at Logan Square's Dos Urban Cantina for Sunday Funday dinner with a new all-you-can-eat Mexican-inspired Pork Pozole available for $14. Chef Brian Enyart makes his own version of the hearty dish that includes pork and guajillo chiles to give the broth a mild spice profile and a vibrant, red hue.



Chicago Chinese New Year Celebrations Kick Off
January 21 - February 12


Celebrate Chinese New Year at 360 CHICAGO 
January 21-February 15  

To celebrate Chinese New Year, visit 360 Chicago 1,000 feet above The Magnificent Mile. Celebrate the Year of the Rooster 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 Dumpling Making Dinner
January 21-February 4 // Start at $35

The Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute will showcase the 1,800-year-old Chinese tradition of dumpling making during its 13rd Annual Dumpling Making Dinner. Guests to the New Year dinner will learn the history and significance of the Chinese dumpling and how to prepare the dumplings. After which they will be served a full meal may including Chicken Corn Soup, Crab Rangoon, Vegetable Egg Roll, Deep Friend Shrimp Ball and much more!


Garfield Park Conservatory

Chinese New Year Celebration at the Garfield Park Conservatory
January 21 // FREE

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! Visitors can create a festive lantern, attend a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, discover their Chinese Zodiac animal, participate in a kids' Dragon Dance and so much more!



The Cleveland Orchestra Plays Beethoven 
January 21 // $27-$195


Franz Welser-Möst brings the Cleveland Orchestra's trademark power and richness to Orchestra Hall. Beethoven's light and humorous Eighth Symphony and Sibelius' romantic Second Symphony will showcase the orchestra's lush sound. 



Need more to do? Check out 7: Galerie F Trail Blazers or plan further ahead with our Ultimate Guide to Chicago Festivals which breaks down the biggest events of 2017 by month. You can also pick a neighborhood to explore, try our Chicago itineraries, or create your own with our Ultimate Chicago Bucketlist.