Enter the Year of the Rooster with these celebrations, performances, food events, shopping sprees, and more for the Chinese Lunar New Year.
Jan. 17–Feb. 11
The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.
Admission: Free with Admission, which is $25 for adults; $19 for seniors, students, and teens; and free for children under 14 years old.
The Art Institute of Chicago has a plethora events celebrating Chinese culture. Enjoy performances from the China National Peking Opera, family programs to help kids celebrate the new year, public tours in Chinese, a self-guided mini-tour focused on the Year of the Rooster, food specials at the Museum Cafe, and much more.
Jan. 21–Feb. 15, 9 a.m.–11 p.m. with last entry at 10:30 p.m.
360 Chicago, 875 N. Michigan Ave., 94th Floor
Admission: $20.50, but save $5 with this coupon
360 Chicago will be decked out for the Year of the Rooster where you will be able to enjoy beautiful views of Lake Michigan and Chicago along with the opportunity to enjoy the TILT thrill ride. In addition, enjoy $5 off general admission with a special coupon.
Jan. 21, 12 p.m.–4 p.m.
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave.
Admission: Free with a $3 suggested donation
The Garfield Park Conservatory has plenty of family friendly activities, performances, learning opportunities, and more.
Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. and Feb. 4 at 3 p.m.
Hing Kee Restaurant, 2140 S. Archer Ave.
Admission: $40 for adults and $35 for children under 12 years old
The best part of any holiday is the food, and the Chicago Chinese Cultural Center has you covered with delicious dumplings. Not only will you enjoy a traditional Chinese dinner, but you will learn how to make dumplings in a workshop covering the centuries-old technique.
Jan. 28–Feb. 12
Fashion Outlets of Chicago, 5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont, Ill.
Along with performances and games during their kickoff celebration on Jan. 28, make sure to visit the Concierge Services through Feb. 12 for a red envelope containing a savings card with over $800 in savings, complimentary luggage or shopping bag hold, and exclusive Lunar New Year offers.
Jan. 30, 12 p.m.–1 p.m.
Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.
Choose Chicago and the Chinese Fine Arts Society will have a kick-off celebration filled with lion dancers, music, drums, and even a showcase by Jackie Chan’s Long Yun Kung Fu Troupe from Beijing that will surely get anyone in the spirit.
Feb. 4, 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Kicking off under the CTA Argyle Red Line Station
Experience the lion and dragon dancers during this colorful Uptown parade.
Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy.
Admission: Tickets starting at $33
If you enjoyed the showcase at the Chicago Cultural Center then catch the full performance at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Each performer was specifically picked by Jackie Chan to fuse traditional Chinese dancing with martial arts.
Feb. 5, 12 p.m.–3 p.m.
Chinatown, Kicking off at Wentworth Avenue at 24th Street
Of course, no Chinese New Year celebration is complete without the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade. You will enjoy colorful floats, marching bands, a 100-foot paper tiger, and more lion dance performances. Make sure to take this opportunity to explore one of Chicago’s most culturally-rich neighborhoods.