Performers for Chinese New Year show in Chicago
Zhejian Shaoju Opera Theatre

Chinese New Year in Chicago

Year of the Rat, Jan. 24 – Feb. 9

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Ring in the Chinese New Year in Chicago! The city is welcoming the Year of the Rat with a city-wide celebration from Jan. 24 through Feb. 9, 2020. Enjoy a signature concert featuring musicians directly from China, along with colorful parades, culinary events, a lantern procession, and more. Explore some of the top things to do during Chinese New Year in Chicago.

Signature performance

Chinese New Year Celebration at Chicago Symphony Center
Jan 26

Chinese New Year Celebration at Chicago Symphony Center

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a dynamic evening of traditional Chinese music and theatre. The Shanghai Chinese Orchestra will highlight the history and influence of Chinese culture using traditional instruments. And the Zhejiang Shaoju Opera Theatre brings the festive costumes, percussion, and drama of Chinese opera.

Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m.

Symphony Center, Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan Ave.

Cultural events

Official Chinese New Year Kickoff Event
Jan 24

Official Chinese New Year Kickoff Event

Celebrate the beginning of Chinese New Year with the Chinese Fine Arts Society at their free Chinese New Year Kickoff! Enjoy a lunch hour performance featuring lion dances, martial arts, Chinese music and dance, and special guest artists directly from China — the Zhejiang Shaoju Opera Theatre.

Friday, Jan. 24 at 12 p.m.

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St., 3rd floor

Free and open to the public

Global Connections: Chinese New Year
Jan 25

Global Connections: Chinese New Year

Enjoy an afternoon of free celebrations for the Year of the Rat featuring performances of traditional and contemporary music, along with dance, food, and artmaking of China.

Saturday, Jan. 25th from 1 – 5 p.m.

Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue in the Aon Grand Ballroom

Free and open to the public

5th Annual Arts & Culture Docs Fest
Feb 1

5th Annual Arts & Culture Docs Fest

Asian Pop-Up Cinema presents the 5th edition of Arts & Culture Docs Fest. Catch short films that reflects the development and progress of contemporary China while also displaying the essence of traditional Chinese culture.

Saturday, Feb. 1 from 2 – 5 p.m.

Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

Free and open to the public

Argyle Lunar New Year Parade
Feb 1

Argyle Lunar New Year Parade

The annual Argyle Lunar New Year Parade is a decades-old tradition in Chicago’s diverse Uptown neighborhood. Celebrate the start of the Year of the Rat with music, colorful lion dances, live entertainment, family-friendly activities, and more.

Saturday, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m.

Uptown, Argyle and Winthrop

Free and open to the public

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Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade
Feb 2

Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade

This colorful parade kicks off at 24th Street and Wentworth Avenue. The procession heads north up Wentworth to Cermak Road, and features marching bands, colorful floats, traditional lion dances, and special guests.

Sunday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m.

Chinatown, 24th & Wentworth Avenues

Free and open to the public

Music Lab: Chinese New Year Celebration
Feb 1

Music Lab: Chinese New Year Celebration

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Apple Michigan Avenue while enjoying an interactive performances of Chinese dance, martial arts, calligraphy, and music. Get hands-on experience using the enhanced video features of the iPhone and learn tips from the Apple team.

Saturday, Feb. 1 from 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Apple Michigan Avenue, 401 N. Michigan Ave.

Lunar New Year Celebration at the Art Institute of Chicago
Feb 8

Lunar New Year Celebration at the Art Institute of Chicago

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with art making, music, games, an artist demonstration, a performance about the traditional animals of the zodiac, and gallery talks in English and Mandarin.

Saturday, Feb. 8 from 1 – 4:30 p.m.

The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.

Lunar New Year Lantern Procession and Celebration
Feb 8

Lunar New Year Lantern Procession and Celebration

Light up the night with a lion-dance led lantern procession from Millennium Park to Maggie Daley Park, followed by more Chinese New Year’s activities at Maggie Daley Park including a lion dance finale, artmaking, and ice skating. Grab a lantern for a $5 deposit or bring your own!

Saturday, Feb. 8 from 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.

Free and open to the public

Winterland Chinese New Year Celebration
Feb 8

Winterland Chinese New Year Celebration

Celebrate the Year of the Rat at the Winterland Chinese New Year Celebration at Gallagher Way, produced by LUMA8 and featuring Huaxing Arts Group and Pyrotechniq. Enjoy traditional Chinese lion and dragon dances, learn more about your Chinese Zodiac, and watch as the ice rink is taken over by a magical LED dance performance. Children can take part in a lantern-making workshop for the evening lantern procession.

Saturday, Feb. 8 from 4 – 8:30 p.m.

Gallagher Way, 3635 N. Clark St.

Free and open to the public

Shopping events and offers

Exclusive Lunar New Year Red Envelopes
Jan 24 – Feb 9

Exclusive Lunar New Year Red Envelopes

Visit Concierge Services on Level 1 to receive a red envelope containing a commemorative savings pass, providing up to $800 in savings at participating Fashion Outlets of Chicago stores, complimentary luggage or shopping bag hold, and exclusive Lunar New Year offers from participating stores.

Jan. 24 – Feb. 9

Fashion Outlets of Chicago, 5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont

Chinese New Year Kick Off Event
Jan 25

Chinese New Year Kick Off Event

Head to the food court for cultural performances along with games and activities, presented by Huaxing Arts Group. Enjoy Chinese calligraphy, lantern crafting, a photo booth, fortune telling, and more. Plus, catch cultural performances featuring traditional Chinese dances, kung fu, music performances, and more.

Saturday, Jan. 25 from 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Fashion Outlets of Chicago, 5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont

Exclusive Lunar New Year Red Envelopes
Jan 24 – Feb 9

Exclusive Lunar New Year Red Envelopes

Visit Concierge Services on Level One of the Michigan Avenue lobby to receive a celebratory red envelope containing exclusive Lunar New Year offers from participating stores.

Jan. 24 – Feb. 9

The Shops at North Bridge, 520 Michigan Ave.

Chinese New Year Kick Off Event
Feb 2

Chinese New Year Kick Off Event

Enjoy cultural performances along with games and activities including a Chinese yo-yo performance, Chinese calligraphy, lantern crafting, a chopstick challenge, Chinese handkerchief game, and a photo booth, presented by Huaxing Arts Group.

Saturday, Feb. 2 from 1 – 3:30 p.m.

The Shops at North Bridge, 520 Michigan Ave.

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