February 16 – March 4

Chicago Chinese New Year

The Year of The Dog

2018 - The Year of the Dog

Chinese New Year

Thank you to all who participated in and attended the Year of the Dog festivities in Chicago!

Chinese New Year remains one of the city’s most highly anticipated annual celebrations, highlighting the rich heritage and culture of China, and the strong bond that exists between our cultures.

We look forward to seeing you again in 2019.

See the schedule below for all the spring festival events planned across Chicago.

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January, 15 2018


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Premier Events

Directly from China

Chicago Symphony Center

Saturday, February 17

Chinese New Year Celebration

Chicago Symphony Center, Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan Avenue

Bring the entire family to Symphony Center for a splendid musical celebration of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog. Chongqing Chuanju Opera Theatre showcases the dazzling costumes and acrobatic choreography of traditional Chinese opera, performing selections that include The Taming of the Gambler and Jin Shan Temple. Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra spotlights traditional Chinese instruments in colorful orchestral arrangements of Chinese folk melodies and favorites from China’s Zhejiang Province.

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The Art Institute of Chicago

February 25 – May 13

Mirroring China’s Past: Emperors and their Bronzes

The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Avenue

Featuring over 180 objects in various media, this exhibition is the first to study in depth the tradition of collecting ancient Chinese bronzes, offering a new understanding of these revered objects and their significance through time. With several works traced back to the collections amassed by China’s emperors and eminent scholars, this exhibition presents many fascinating stories waiting to be discovered.

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Other Events

Cultural Events

FriFeb 16

Chinese New Year Kickoff Celebration

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E Washington Street

Celebrating its 34th year, the Chinese Fine Arts Society kicks off the Year of the Dog with a festive display of Chinese dance, music, and martial arts. In addition to featuring some of Chicago’s finest artists, the Chongqing Chuanju Opera Theatre, here from China, will give a special sneak peak of their upcoming performance at Symphony Center on February 17th. The mystical art of mask changing will be featured, in addition to dramatic acts and acrobatic feats. Don’t forget to wear red for good fortune! Presented in partnership with Choose Chicago and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

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SatFeb 24

Chinese New Year Celebration at Navy Pier

Aon Grand Ballroom

Presented in partnership with the Chinese Fine Arts Society, Navy Pier’s Chinese New Year Celebration is a family-friendly event filled with traditional and contemporary performances, art-making, food and fun in celebration of the Year of the Dog. In addition to the Chicago Chinese Cultural Center Lion Dancers, the event features performances by the award-winning Flying Fairies dance troupe, martial arts by Bei Dou Kung Fu's Master Wu Jing Tao and his studio, traditional Chinese music by the Eight Tones Chinese Music Ensemble, Cheng Da Drum Team, and many other luminaries from Chicago’s Chinese community.

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SatFeb 24

Argyle Lunar New Year Celebration

Argyle Street (between Broadway and Sheridan)

The annual Argyle Lunar New Year Parade is a decades-old local tradition. Come for music, colorful lion dances, and a procession of local groups and floats starting at the Argyle EL stop – all to celebrate the start of the new Lunar Year. Join Alderman Harry Osterman, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, Uptown United, Hip-Sing Association, and the Argyle business community for this special event. A special thank you to the 20th Police District and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Parade will kick-off underneath the CTA Argyle red line station at 1:00pm and will head east along Argyle Street, south along Sheridan Road, west along Ainslie Street, and north along Broadway to Argyle Street.

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SunFeb 25
Free and open to the public

Arts & Culture Doc Fest – Third Edition

Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Culture Center, 78 E Washington Street

ACDF, in its 3rd edition, will be featuring some never-before-seen documentaries covering dance, art, scenic and architectural highlights of China on Sunday, February 25th as part of the citywide Year of the Dog celebration. This event is possible by hosting partners Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events (DCASE), Consulate General of People’s Republic of China in Chicago, and Choose Chicago. This year’s four documentaries Shaanxi Drum Dances, The Taoping Stronghold, Nanjing Yunjin Brocade, and The Beautiful Scenic Highlights of Mount Tiantaishan will be accompanied by short dance performances from Yin He Dance to enhance the films. The documentaries are contributed by the Center of International Cultural Exchange in Beijing (CICE) and curated by Sophia’s Choice. All the documentaries will be shown in Chinese or English with English subtitles.

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SunFeb 25

Chinese Lunar New Year Parade

Chinatown (Wentworth Avenue at 24th Avenue parade starting point)

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 Dog as the procession travels north along Wentworth Avenue from 24th Place up to Cermak Road. Along the way don't miss the marching bands, colorful floats, and traditional dancing lion and dragon teams.

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SatMar 3

Chinese New Year Lantern Festival Celebration

Art Institute of Chicago & Maggie Daley Park

Bring friends and family for a day of fun to celebrate the Chinese New Year Lantern Festival! Enjoy performances inspired by the Art Institute of Chicago’s new Mirroring China’s Past: Emperors and their Bronzes exhibition as well as the chance to design and make your own lantern from 1-5PM at the Art Institute of Chicago. Take your newly designed lantern and join in a Lion Dance-led lantern procession across the pedestrian bridge from Millennium Park to Maggie Daley Park with performances on the skating ribbon and in the Fieldhouse. Don't miss out on what is sure to be an exciting conclusion to the Chinese New Year season! The procession begins after the museum closes at 5PM.

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Cuisine & Retail Events

SatFeb 10
17 & 24

2018 Chinese New Year Dumpling Making Dinner

Hing Kee Restaurant, 2140 South Archer Avenue

In the past 13 years, Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute’s Chinese New Year Dumpling Making Dinner has become one of the most recognized traditions of Chicago’s citywide Chinese New Year celebration. As always, there will be storytelling, dumpling making, authentic Chinese cuisine, and lots of fun surprises. Seating is limited, and this event often sells out quickly. Be sure to get your seats early!


Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Peninsula Hotel

Peninsula Chicago, 108 E Superior St.

The Peninsula Chicago rings in the Year of the Dog with holiday décor, music and special dining menus for Chinese New Year from February 15– 22. The hotel will be adorned with red lanterns, flowers, Year of the Dog décor, and tangerine trees while the facade will be illuminated in red, adding to the spirit of the season. A special Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea will be served in The Lobby featuring a distinctively festive flavor with traditional Chinese sweets while the Shanghai Terrace will offer a Chinese New Year 8-course dinner as well as a special cocktail inspired by The Year of the Dog called "The Bernard". On Saturday, February 17, a traditional lion dance will commence at 3:15 pm for Afternoon Tea at the front entrance amid a joyful atmosphere, while loud drumbeats and strong cymbal crashes scare away evil spirits.

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FriFeb 16

Bloomingdale’s Celebrates Lunar New Year

Bloomingdale’s North Michigan Avenue

On Friday, February 16th, shoppers at Bloomingdale’s North Michigan Avenue location can join in on the Year of the Dog celebration and test their luck with the Chinese red envelope tradition. Select envelopes will be filed with prizes such as an $8 gift card, a complimentary Forty Carrots frozen yogurt or a limited edition Year of the Dog canvas tote bag. Bloomingdale’s will also have our limited edition reusable “Little Dog Bag” inspired by Bloomingdale’s iconic Brown Bag. Other visual statements and merchandise celebrating the Year of the Dog will be present throughout the store.

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Feb 16
Mar 4

Fashion Outlets of Chicago’s Lunar New Year Celebration

Fashion Outlets of Chicago, 5220 Fashion Outlets Way

Ring in the Year of the Dog with special Lunar New Year offers and events at Fashion Outlets of Chicago!

Exclusive Lunar New Year Red Envelopes will be available at the Concierge Services on Level 1 near Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, containing:

  • A complimentary commemorative Year of the Dog Savings Pass, providing up to $800 in savings at participating Fashion Outlets of Chicago stores
  • Complimentary luggage or shopping bag hold
  • Exclusive Lunar New Year offers and deals from participating stores
  • Cultural performances along with games and activities
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TueFeb 20

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce 2018 Lunar New Year Dinner

Cai Restaurant, 2100 S. Archer Avenue

The Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce hosts its Annual Lunar New Year Dinner on February 20, 2018 at Cai Restaurant in Chinatown. Join guests, community leaders and local dignitaries in welcoming the Year of the Dog with the traditional Lion Dance and Red Envelope Ceremony, Official USPS Dedication of the 2018 Lunar New Year Postal Stamp, valuable raffle draw, entertainment and dining on traditional Lunar New Year dishes. Be sure to wear something Chinese or something Red!

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ThurFeb 22

Chinese New Year Game with the Chicago Bulls

United Center

You're invited to experience great NBA action, non-stop entertainment and the energy of a sellout crowd! Enjoy the excitement of the Chicago Bulls as they battle the 76ers. In celebration of Chinese New Year, pre-game and on court entertainment throughout the game will be Chinese New Year themed by the Chicago Huaxing Arts Group. Be sure to act fast, use the ticket link and the ‘NEWYEAR’ special offer code for discounted tickets while they last.

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Feb 24
May 13

Celebration of Chinese Culinary Traditions at the Art Institute of Chicago

Terzo Piano, Caffè Moderno, and the Museum Café

Terzo Piano, Caffè Moderno, and the Museum Café have created inspired menus full of sweet and savory bites, cocktails, and beverages to complement the visitor experience of Mirroring China's Past: Emperors and Their Bronzes. In partnership with Easthill Tea Co. and CEO Keqi Meng, each dining location will offer premium loose-leaf teas in their natural form, highlighting the rich heritage and culture of the Chinese tea experience. Providing a taste of ancient tea ceremonies, Terzo Piano will offer a selection of three top teas presented in a simplified service, while Caffè Moderno and the Museum Café will have a specially selected tea available. All locations will feature cold-brew tea March 1 through May.

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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.