Chinese New Year Events in Lake County {2015}

Chinese New Year Events in Lake CountyChinese or Lunar, New Year is the end of the lunisolar calendar and will take place this year on February 19. Sometimes referred to as the Spring festival in Chinese cultural it’s the longest festival, sometimes lasting 15 days.  We’ve rounded up some local events and celebrations where you can learn more about the culture and celebrate the new year with your children.

Shaanxi Folk Arts Group Shadow Puppets

Saturday February 21

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Chicago Botanic Garden. There will be traditional shadow puppet shows at 11:00 and 1:00 as well as other drop-in activities. Regular parking rates apply, but admission is free.

11:00 a.m. Story and Craft at the  Fox Lake District Library {55 East Grand Avenue} Call the library at (847) 587- 0198 for more information.

Chinese NEw Year
Small Discoveries Chinese New Year

Wednesday February 25

10:00 a.m. Small Discoveries: Chinese New Year at the Lake county Discovery Museum. This program required advance registration, at the time of publication there was still openings. Cost is $2.50 per child and $6 per adult and includes museum admission. Learn about the traditions of this popular holiday and make a Chinese New Year dragon to take home.

Photo via Chinatown Chamber of Commerce
Photo via Chinatown Chamber of Commerce

If you’re looking for a traditional celebration and willing to brave the crowds head to Chinatown:

Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade
February 22 1:00 p.m.
This year, we will celebrate the year of the Ram – 4713. If you cannot come to the parade, the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Georama for a live stream broadcast of the parade starting at 1:00 PM on the 22nd. You can watch it here.

Loralie recommends:  street parking is limited; two pay lots are available at 21st and 24th and Wentworth but expect space to be limited.  The CTA Red Line has a stop at Cermak-Chinatown as an alternative.


Celebrate at home with this fun craft from Red Ted Art:

DIY Chinese Dragon Puppets
Photo via Red Ted Art

It’s an easy craft for even the littlest hands and includes the free printable. See Chinese New Year Craft: Dragon Puppet at Red Ted Art.

If all you need to celebrate is some really good take-out, check out the best Chinese restaurants according to our readers.

Gung Hei Fat Choi!


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