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Lunar New Year Celebration and Lantern Procession

February 8, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Art Institute of Chicago, Maggie Daley Park and Skating Ribbon
337 E Randolph St
IL 60601
Elizabeth Clawson
(773) 935-6169

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Art Institute of Chicago with artmaking, music, games, an artist demonstration, and a puppet performance about the animals of the zodiac, as well as gallery talks in the Asian art galleries. Then, light up the night with a lion-dance led lantern procession from Millennium Park to Maggie Daley Park, followed by more New Year’s activities, including a lion dance finale, artmaking, and ice skating.  Presented in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Parks District and Choose Chicago. 


  • Events at the Art Institute of Chicago – 1:00pm – 4:30pm 
  • Lantern Procession From Millennium Park to Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon – 5:00pm 
  • Skating Demonstrations, Lion Dance, and Activities at Maggie Daley Park – 6:00pm – 7:30pm


  • Lantern Procession and Maggie Daley Park activities are free and open to the public! 
  • Normal admission rates apply at the Art Institute of Chicago

Additional Procession Information – The procession will line up at 5:00pm across from the Art Institute’s Modern Wing on the West side of The Lurie Garden (look for the lanterns!) – Procession will kick off at 5:30pm. Lanterns with lights will be available to participants at the procession line-up location for a $5 deposit (you may also keep your lantern if desired). 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 the procession! Participants may also bring their own lanterns. 

If you are interested in bringing a large group or club to join the lantern procession, or interested in volunteering, please contact Elizabeth Clawson at [email protected].

Procession Map: 

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