Chicago’s Lunar New Year Parade

The year 2018 is here, or more commonly known among the Chinese culture, The Year of the Dog! If you’re looking for a worthwhile celebration, we have the event for you- Chicago’s Annual Lunar New Year Parade on Feb 25. With colorful floats, traditional food and more, Chicago is ready to celebrate the New Year, now all it needs is YOU to attend!


Parade Details

Chicago’s annual Chinese Lunar New Year Parade will kick off at 1 p.m. on February 25, celebrating the Year of the Dog. With over 30,000 people in attendance each year, this parade is definitely one that most don’t want to miss! The parade will start at 24th Street and Wentworth Avenue and continue north up Wentworth to Cermak Road. For parade route details, click here. No matter where you stand along the route, expect to see marching bands, colorful floats, the traditional dancing lions and dragons, and of course dogs! Take a look at snippets from the 2017 parade to get an idea of what to expect this year.


Other Festivities   

While the parade is one of the more significant events of the New Year celebrations, Chicago will also be hosting a large variety of other festivities, beginning February 16 and ending March 4. On Saturday, Feb 17 the Chicago Symphony Center will be hosting a musical celebration with traditional Chinese costumes, choreography and opera. From February 25 through May 13, the Art Institute of Chicago will feature a selection of Chinese bronzes belonging to past emperors. Other events include a kickoff celebration in the Chicago Cultural Center on Friday, Feb 16 and celebrations at the Navy Pier, as well as Argyle Street, both on Saturday, Feb 24. For more event details, visit this website.


Admission Costs  

The Lunar New Year Parade is free to attend, however the costs of the events leading up to the parade vary. For admission information, visit this page and select the individual events that you would like to attend.


With so many festivities going on, how can you choose which day to stay in Chicago? With Chicago’s boutique hotels, you don’t have to choose just one day! Consider reserving a weekend (or a week) in the beautiful Majestic Hotel. With its classic charm and incredibly close location to the parade route, the Majestic provides a quiet escape from the exciting festivities whenever you need it.



Lunar New Year Parade

Where: Wentworth Avenue at 24th Avenue (parade starting point)

When: Feb 25 | 1-3 p.m.

Admission: Free



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