Chicago Chinese New Year Celebrations & Parades
Celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Dog this February and connect with Chicago's vibrant cultural communities. From lantern-making workshops to dragon parades and traditional Chinese music, broaden your horizons with fun Lunar New Year celebrations in Chicago.
2018 Lunar New Year Celebrations in Chicago
You'll find many more Chicago events for Lunar New Year – but these are some of the highlights:
- Chinese New Year Concert at Symphony Center: Acrobatic choreography from the Chonqing Chuanju Opera Theatre plus traditional folk music played on traditional instruments by the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra. (February 17)
- Argyle Street Lunar New Year Parade: Kicking off at the Argyle Red Line stop, this colorful Uptown procession features floats, firecrackers, and dragon dancers. (February 24)
- Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade: Enjoy lion dancing, decorated floats, marching bands, and traditional Chinese dragons at this Year of the Dog parade. (February 25)
- Chinese New Year Lantern Celebration: The Art Institute of Chicago hosts this unique event, which includes lantern making workshops, Chinese food, and traditional music – ending with an illuminated lantern procession at sunset. Be sure to check out the exhibit "Mirroring China's Past: Emperors, Scholars, and their Bronzes" while you're there. (March 3)
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