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Chinese New Year Celebration and Lantern Procession

February 9, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park
(773) 935-6169

Photo credit: Jenny Lam

Join in a lion dance-led lantern procession to celebrate the Year of the Pig! The procession will start across from the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern wing, near the west entrance to the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park. The procession will then make its way across the BP pedestrian bridge, and conclude at the Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon where there will be ice-skating demonstrations, lion dancers, food, and arts and crafts in the Maggie Daley Field House. 

Lantern Procession Meeting Location and Route: 

*Some Art Institute of Chicago events require purchase of museum admission. Please see the Art Institute of Chicago Events Page for more information. 


  • 5:00pm – Lantern procession assembles across from the Art Institute’s Modern Wing Entrance at the entrance to the Millennium Park Lurie Children’s Garden.**
  • 5:30pm – Lantern Procession Kicks off 
  • 6:00pm – 7:30pm – Ice skating demonstrations, Lion Dance, and arts and crafts in the Maggie Daley Field House. 

If you are interested in volunteering for the lantern procession, or would like to bring a large group to participate, please contact Elizabeth Clawson at [email protected].

**Lanterns with lights will be available to participants at the procession line-up location for a $5 deposit. Lanterns can be returned to at the Chinese Fine Arts Society Table in Maggie Daley Park at the end of the parade route. (Look for the CFAS Banner) Lanterns available on a first come, first served basis, but a lantern is not required to join in the procession! Participants may also bring their own. 



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