Free Chinese New Year events Chicago. Chicago will celebrate Chinese New Year throughout the city with a variety of special events, programs and performances. This year is The Year of the Pig 4717.
Argyle Street Lunar New Year Parade
When: Saturday, February 9, 2019 • Parade steps-off at 1pm
Where: Uptown, 1121 W. Argyle St. (5000 N) Route: Argyle St. from Broadway to Sheridan Rd. to Ainslie
The annual Argyle Lunar New Year Parade is decades-old local tradition. Come for music, colorful lion dances, and more. Come along with a processional of local groups and floats starting at the Argyle EL stop (red line).
When: Sunday, February 10, 2019, . The parade will kick off at 1:00 p.m.
Where: 24th Street and Wentworth Avenue. The procession will head north up Wentworth to Cermak Road, and feature marching bands, colorful floats, traditional lion dances and a special appearance by Ronald McDonald. Chinese New Year falls on February 5, 2019 (Year of the Pig 豬 , 4717).
Global Connections: Chinese New Year
When: Saturday, February 16, 2019, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Navy Pier 600 E. Grand, AON Ballroom
Join us in the Aon Grand Ballroom for an afternoon celebration of Chinese New Year, featuring live dance, music, and other performances, plus traditional food, crafts and more!
Usher in the “Year of the Pig” with a traditional Chinese New Year Celebration. Presented in partnership with the Chinese Fine Arts Society, this vibrant display of cultural expression features festive décor, bold costumes, customary music and more. Authentic Chinese cuisine from Furama Restaurant will be available for purchase.
Chinese Lunar New Year Event Fashion Outlets of Chicago
When: February 2-17, 2019. Chinese New Years Celebration February 2 1:00PM-3:30PM
Saturday, February 2, 2019 1:00-3:30 PM: Kick Off Event in the Food Court
Enjoy cultural performances along with games and activities, presented by Huaxing Arts Group.
1:00-2:00 PM: Games & Activities
- Chinese Calligraphy
- Lantern Crafting
- Chopstick Challenge
- Play Chinese Handkerchief
- Photo Booth
- Chinese Yo-Yo
2:00 PM: Cultural Performances
- Traditional Chinese Dances
- Kung Fu Presentations
- Chinese Music Performances
Games and Activities continue following the performances, until 3:30 PM
Exclusive Lunar New Year Red Envelopes
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 Pig 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 from participating stores
Exclusive Lunar New Year Offers from Participating Stores
- Adriana Furs: Take an additional $10 off current sale price on all garments.* *Excludes special orders and accessories.
- ASICS: Receive 40% off one select item.
- Barneys New York Warehouse: Receive 25% off one full-priced item.
- Calvin Klein: Receive 15% off purchase.
- Columbia: Receive $20 off purchase of $100 or more.
- Dockers: Receive a FREE Dockers tote with purchase of any regular priced item.
- Famous Footwear: Receive $10 off purchase of $50 or more.
- Godiva Chocolatier: Receive one exclusive sample of Godiva Chocolate for each offer-bearing guest.
- Jimmy Choo: Receive an additional 30% off Already Reduced Styles, 50% off Full Priced Styles, and 50% off Clearance Styles.*
*Exclusions apply. Valid at Participating Jimmy Choo Outlet Locations, 2/8/19-2/25/19. Not valid on JimmyChoo.com and non-outlet JImmy Choo stores. Offer may not be applied toward previous purchases or purchase of gift cards. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Valid on in-outlet merchandise only.
- Lindt Chocolate: Receive 10 FREE Lindor Truffles with purchase of $20 or more.
- Lululemon: Receive 15% off purchase of $100 or more* *Valid at Fashion Outlets of Chicago only.
- Michael Kors: Receive 15% off purchase of $500 or more.
- Movado Company Store: FREE refreshments.
- Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store: Receive 15% off purchase of $100 or more.**This offer is not valid for the purchase of gift cards, philanthropic merchandise, Create Your Own merchase, or Dylan’s Candy Bar merchandise. This offer cannot be combined with other offers. CODE: Q7253.
- St. John: Receive a FREE gift. No purchase necessary. Plus, enjoy complimentary cocktails and lite bites while savings up to 60% off.*
*Offer valid on 2/2/19 only.
- Stuart Weitzman: Receive $15 off off one item or 25% off two items. Receive an exclusive red packet gift with any in-store purchase.
- Sunglass Hut: Receive $30 off purchase of $200 or more or $15 off purchase of $100 or more.* Receive $20 off purchase of $100 or more or $50 off purchase of $200 or more.***Valid on Clearance Styles only. **Valid on Regular Priced items only.
- Superdry: Save $25 on purchase of $100 or $60 on purchase of $200 or more.
- Theory: Receive 40% off, plus an additional 20% off entire purchase.
- Tommy Hilfiger: Receive a set of eight collector’s edition red envelopes with purchase of $88 (before tax) or more. Receive 15% off $150 or 10% off entire transaction when paying with UnionPay Card.
- The Uniform Outlet: Receive $10 off purchase of $100 or more.**Excludes closeouts and Littmann Stethascopes.
- Vince: Receive 25% off purchase of $500 or more.
- Vineyard Vines: Receive 15% off purchase of $150 or more.
- Wilsons Leather: Receive 10% off entire purchase.
Free Chinese New Year event Art Institute of Chicago
When: February 2, 2019, Drop in 1:00–5:00. Procession at 5:00pm to Maggie Daley Park. Art making and a lantern procession to Maggie Daley Park for more events. More info here. Celebrate the Year of the Pig featuring art making. Over a thousand people attended this event last year.
Free Lion Dance Lantern Parade to Maggie Daley Park
When: February 2, 2019 5:00PM-7:30PM
Where: Millennium Park Bridge to Maggie Daley Park
Cultural Appreciation: Cantonese Opera 文化欣赏: 粤曲演唱
Come enjoy traditional Cantonese Opera performed by Zhaoqiu Chines American ART Center at Chinatown on Saturdays. Cantonese Opera has been a popular form of drama and musical theatre in China, and has been reformed and continues to be performed today. The acting and singing techniques, as well as makeup conventions, owe much to southern China tradition.
Chinese New Year Dance Spectacular! 中国舞, 新年好！
When: Saturday, February 2, 2019 (3:00PM – 4:00PM)
Where: Chinatown Library, 2100 S. Wentworth, Avenue
Join us for Chinese New Year Dance Spectacular! A special performance by Yin He Dance Company, in celebration of the Chinese New Year!
Chinese New Year Dance Spectacular! 中国舞, 新年好！
When: Saturday, February 2, 2019 (10:00AM – 5:00PM)
Where: Shops at Northbridge, 520 N. Michigan
Join us for Chinese New Year Dance Spectacular. Food and free coupons. Music and performances.
Chinese New Year Kickoff Celebration
When: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 12 Noon-1pm
Where: Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph, Preston Bradley Hall
Celebrate the first day of the Year of the Pig with the Chinese Fine Arts Society at the citywide Chinese New Year Kickoff! The multi-arts performance features lion dancers, Silk Road pipa master Yang Wei, martial arts, the award-winning Flying Fairies dance troupe and, direct from Beijing, special guest artists the China National Peking Opera Company offering a sneak peak of the comedic and acrobatic “At the Crossroads,” a famous opera based on a story from Water Margin, one of the great novels of Chinese literature.