Chinese Lantern Festival

Dates: April 10 –May 17, 2020
Location: Grant Park
Hours: Monday-Sunday: 5:30PM-10PM
Attendance: 350,000
Demographics: Families- all ethnicities; all ages


Chinese Lantern Festival is an international touring exhibit that has played to millions of guests around the world.  It can also be described as the closest thing to a trip to China.

This cultural phenomenon- this amalgamation of light and art- comes to Chicago for five weeks this Spring, attracting more than 350,000 people of all ages.

From April 10th to May 17th, Chinese Lantern Festival will illuminate Chicago’s Grant Park with thousands of handcrafted light sculptures, live Chinese acrobat performances, traditional handicraft demonstrations and many more programs that attract people of all ages. The festival is open nightly seven days a week for five weeks.

Each exhibit is custom built. Dozens of Chinese artisans travel to the event site to hand-make all of the exhibits. This amalgamation of light and art is intended to both thrill and illuminate.

Some festival highlights include:

  • More than 1,000 pieces of larger-than-life lantern displays.
  • Dragon lantern display more than 200 long and two stories high.
  • Stunning live acrobatic and culture performances every night.
  • Dozens of traditional, authentic Chinese handicraft demonstrations.
  • Lantern Beer Garden and Wine Bar.
  • Authentic food and beverage choices.
  • Marketplace featuring authentic handmade (on-site) Chinese folk art.

Sponsorship Opportunity

The Chinese Lantern Festival provides a rare opportunity to directly target a large audience of Millennials, Gen X families, and Baby boomers in Chicago’s  downtown Grant Park.

Sponsorship is offered in weekly increments, or for the entire five weeks. Sponsor activations  will be located in a high traffic location giving each sponsor maximum exposure.

Sponsor impact includes direct live exposure, naming rights, logo placement in print media and collateral materials, signage, sampling, couponing and bounce-back opportunities, as well as customized promotions.

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