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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

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

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.
Celebrate Chinese New Year at 360 Chicago

Celebrate Chinese New Year at 360 Chicago

January 21 – February 15 Time: 9:00am – 11:00pm Location: 360 Chicago, 875 N Michigan Avenue, 94th Floor 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.
Fashion Outlets of Chicago Lunar New Year Celebration

Fashion Outlets of Chicago Lunar New Year Celebration

January 28 – February 12 Time: 10:00AM – 9:00PM Location: Fashion Outlets of Chicago, 5220 Fashion Outlets Way Ring in the Year of the Rooster with special Lunar New Year offers and events at Fashion Outlets of Chicago. Starting January 28th through February 12th visit Concierge Services on Level 1 near Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH to receive a celebratory red envelope containing: a complimentary commemorative Year of the Rooster Green Savings Card, 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. A kickoff celebration is scheduled for Saturday, January 28th from 1-3:30PM featuring cultural performances along with games and activities at ten different booths along, presented by Huaxing Arts Troupe.
Chinese New Year Celebration: Butterfly Lovers Concerto

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

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

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

Argyle Lunar New Year Celebration

February 4 Time: 1:00pm - 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. Join the Argyle Business Community, Uptown United, Uptown Business Partners, SSA #34 and Alderman Harry Osterman for this special event. The parade will kick-off underneath the Argyle red line station at 1:00 PM and will head east along Argyle Street, south along Sheridan Road, west along Ainslie Street, and north along Broadway.
Jackie Chan’s Long Yun Kung Fu Troupe

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

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.
Chinese Lunar New Year Parade

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.
Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce - 2017 Chinese Lunar New Year Dinner

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce - 2017 Chinese Lunar New Year Dinner

February 9 Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm Location: Phoenix Restaurant 2131 S. Archer Avenue Chicago IL 60616 $75 - Purchase Tickets Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 2017 Lunar New Year Dinner to celebrate the Year of the Rooster. A traditional lion dance will kick off the evening bringing good luck to all. Guests will enjoy a multi-course meal featuring specially prepared Chinese new year dishes. Additionally, the US Postal Service will dedicate its Lunar New Year: Year Of the Rooster Stamp. Also, there will be a raffle draw with "Lai See" red envelope cash prizes and more! Wear something Chinese or something Red!
Asian Pop-Up Cinema presents the Chicago Premiere of New Year’s Eve of Old Lee (Gao Nian Hao)

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

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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Chicago's Chinatown is one of the largest neighborhoods of its kind in the US, and its culture is reflected in the art and architecture, specialty shops, authentic restaurants and community landmarks.

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In Uptown on Chicago's Far North Side, a vibrant blend of Chinese and Southeast Asian cultures add to the ethnic diversity and historic character of this community, the heart of which can be found along Argyle Street.

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