CHINESE NEW YEAR: YEAR OF THE DOG

12 February 2018

Celebrate alongside the institutions of the Cultural Mile as Chicago ushers in the Chinese New Year starting on February 16th! From special orchestral showcases at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, to the much anticipated opening of the Art Institute’s exhibit, “Emperor’s and their Bronzes,” residents of 1000M need look no farther than their front yard to join in the festivities and herald the arrival of the Year of the Dog.

The Chongqing Chuanju Opera Theatre is hosted by the CSO on February 17th
The Chongqing Chuanju Opera Theatre is hosted by the CSO on February 17th

 

CSO WELCOMES CHONGQING CHUANJU OPERA THEATRE AND ZHEJIANG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

On February 17th at 3:00, the CSO will host both the Chongqing Chuanju Opera Theatre as well as the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra in a showcase of traditional Chinese opera and folk melodies from the Zhejiang Province. Replete with stunning acrobatic choreography and breathtaking costumes, this special celebratory concert is a unique performance that revels in China’s rich musical heritage. The concert is accompanied by a pre concert performance at 1:45 in Buntrock Hall, and features artist from Dong Fang Performing Arts as well as Yellow River Performing Arts.

Zhang Yi, Music Director of the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra
Zhang Yi, Music Director of the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra

Tickets for the concert

Pre concert is free to all ticket holders

“MIRRORING CHINA’S PAST: EMPERORS AND THEIR BRONZES” OPENS

Open to the public on February 25th, the Art Institute’s newest exhibition “Emperors and Their Bronzes” showcases bronze artistry from the second and first millennia BCE. Lauded by many as one of the more significant achievements in the historical progression of artistic craft and skill, the beautifully decorated bronze pieces displayed are distinct from other ancient bronze sculptures in that they were used for ceremonial purposes.[i] Join the Asian Art Council Board of Directors as they celebrate the exhibit over dinner and cocktails in the Griffin Court following a special pre-opening viewing of the exhibit.

Ancient Bronze Masterpiece Art Institute of Chicago
This ancient bronze masterpiece is one of many belonging to the Art Institute’s special collections

Tickets for the exhibit

Tickets for the pre-opening viewing and dinner

ENJOY DIM-SUM AT MINGHIN CUISINE

Tucked away between Millennium Park and Lake Shore East Park, Minghin Cuisine brings modern style Cantonese to the loop in an elegant and uniquely decorated dining hall. Enjoy what many call the best dim-sum in the loop[ii] alongside your choice of sake or classic cocktails at one of the city’s Michelin recognized restaurants.[iii]

Minghin
Chic interiors are combined with traditional motifs to solidify Minghin as an authentic Chinatown staple
Cantonese delicacies
A multitude of Cantonese delicacies and classics are offered around a typical Lazy Susan

Reservations may be placed here

JOIN IN THE CHINESE NEW YEAR LANTERN CELEBRATION

Capping off the cultural mile’s celebration of the Year of the Dog, the Art Institute will host lantern making activities in their café on March 3rd. While making lanterns, ticket holders may enjoy the traditional Chinese food and music performances, and then take part in the sunset lantern procession down Michigan Avenue, bidding goodbye to the celebrations, while to greet the Year of the Dog.

 

Chinese New Year Celebration: Sunset Lantern Procession Chicago
Don’t miss the sunset lantern procession down Michigan Ave, taking place on March 3rd

 

[i] http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/2727190/mirroring-chinas-past-emperors-and-their-bronzes-at-the-art,

[ii] https://www.zagat.com/r/minghin-cuisine-chicago1

[iii] https://www.timeout.com/chicago/blog/michelin-releases-its-2018-bib-gourmand-list-for-chicago-101317