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CELEBRATE CHINESE NEW YEAR IN CHICAGO

RING IN THE YEAR OF THE DOG AT CELEBRATIONS THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

Chicago offers lots of fun ways to celebrate Chinese New Year. We’ve got five ideas to get you started, from a traditional parade in Chicago’s Chinatown to a festive lantern procession led by lion dancers through Millennium Park. Welcome the Year of the Dog in style!

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION AT SYMPHONY CENTER

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Bring the entire family to Symphony Center on February 17 at 3pm for a splendid musical performance to celebrate Chinese New Year by two groups directly from China. 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.

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION AT NAVY PIER

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Presented in partnership with the Chinese Fine Arts Society, Navy Pier’s Chinese New Year Celebration on February 24 is a free family-friendly event filled with traditional and contemporary performances, artmaking, food and fun in celebration of the Year of the Dog. In addition to the Chicago Chinese Cultural Center Lion Dancers, the event will feature 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. Navy Pier’s Chinese New Year Celebration will be held from 1-5pm in the Aon Grand Ballroom.

MIRRORING CHINA’S PAST: EMPERORS AND THEIR BRONZES

Mirroring China's Past: Emperors and Their Bronzes at the Art Institute of Chicago

For the first time ever, this exhibition held at the Art Institute of Chicago from February 25-May 13, 2018 brings together approximately 180 works from the Art Institute, the Palace Museum in Beijing, the Shanghai Museum, and other important museums and private collections from around the United States. Chinese bronzes of the second and first millennia BC are exquisite vessels that were made to offer sacrifices to ancestors, accompany the deceased to the underworld, or commemorate familial lineages in public ceremonies. Unearthed by emperors centuries later, these spiritually significant objects acquired yet another layer of meaning as part of imperial collections. This exhibition marks the first in-depth exploration of the tradition of collecting ancient bronzes in China and how they were conceptualized throughout history. 

CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR PARADE

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Hosting more than 30,000 attendees annually, the free Chinese Lunar New Year Parade takes place in the heart of Chinatown on February 25 from 1-3pm. Join the crowds in celebration of the Year of the Dog as the procession travels north on Wentworth Avenue from 24th Place to Cermak Road. Along the way don't miss the marching bands, colorful floats, traditional dancing lions and dragon teams.

CHINESE NEW YEAR LANTERN ​FESTIVAL ​

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On March 3, 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.

Find more information about Chicago’s citywide Chinese New Year celebrations.

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