A Peek Across the World: Dragon Lights
17 April 2018
Dragon Lights: From China to Soldier Field
In our world today, China is a nation that is on everyone’s minds. Over the past 35 years, they’ve redefined the economic workings of their society to become the largest national economy after the United States. But perhaps what makes China even more fascinating is the simple fact that it is over 4,000 years old, making it one of the oldest civilizations in human history. Within this context, Dragon Lights, an international traveling exhibit that has come to 1000M’s neighborhood, speaks to China’s long arc of history, as well as the richness of its culture.
Dragon Lights is an international traveling exhibit that has been seen by millions of guests around the globe. On view until May 6th, the installation is located at the South Parking Lot of Soldier Field — just a short distance from 1000M. The Chicago exhibition features thousands of light sculptures that required dozens of Chinese artisans to travel to the site to custom build the sculptures by hand. The exhibit also features live performances involving traditional yo-yo’s, contortionists and many more variety acts, as well as traditional handicraft demonstrations like miniature sun-baked clay figurines and intricately-painted glass jewelry.
The festival is open every night from 5:30 – 10:00 PM on weekdays and Sundays, 5:30 – 11:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays. If you buy tickets online they are valid for one entry on any day (so you can buy your tickets well in advance of deciding what day to actually go). Rain, snow or shine, the sculptures, performers and craftsmen are shining bright and giving their all. Dragon Lights is a great event for all ages, creating an opportunity for a spectacular family outing, while experiencing some of the rich and beautiful culture of China. Make sure not to miss out on the sampling of the amazing Chinese cuisine, as well!
// For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Dragon Lights’ website. //