Celebrate with Us

With one of the largest Chinatowns in North America, Chicago is the proud home to a vibrant Chinese community. Join us at the museum as we celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival with special installations, events, and Chinese culinary specialties September 10–18, 2016!

Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival is the second-grandest holiday in China after Lunar New Year. Falling on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, the festival brings together family and friends to enjoy the harvest and celebrate the moon, a symbol of unity. The Mid-Autumn Festival is inspired by the legend of Chang E, the Moon Goddess of Immortality.

Mini Tour: Mid-Autumn Festival Favorites and Recent Chinese Acquisitions

Learn about the legend of Chang E, Moon Goddess of Immortality, as we celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with a special installation in Gallery 134.

Use our self-guided tour to explore the special display of works that celebrate the legend of Change E as well as new additions to the Chinese art collection.


Performance: Mid-Autumn Festival

Thursday, September 15
6:00–8:00

Free with museum admission
Join the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chinese Fine Arts Society, and Joffrey Ballet Community Engagement to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Enjoy moon cakes, tea by Rare Tea Cellar, and cold Tsingtao beer in the Pritzker Garden. Listen to a conversation by Chinese ink artists Zhang Chaohui and Zhang Long, and experience the Legend of Chang E performed by local artists.


Public Tours

Gallery talks in Mandarin led by curators Lu Zhang and Tao Wang take place Saturday, September 17, and Sunday, September 18, at 12:00. Museum educator Lucas Livingston gives a gallery talk on the seasons in Asian Art Thursday, September 15, at 12:00.


Special Foods

In modern celebrations of the Mid-Autumn Festival, sacrifices are made to Chang E in the form of moon cakes and round fruit. Welcome the Mid-Autumn Festival with moon cakes (red bean, lotus bean, or winter-melon) and Tsingtao beer in the Museum Café and Caffè Moderno. Potstickers and stir-fry will also be available in the Museum Café September 10–18.


Mandarin Audio Guide

We are pleased offer 50 stops on our Mandarin audio guide.


Chinese Pocketguide

Our Mandarin pocketguide is the perfect way to explore our collection and take home a special memory of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Share Your Experience!

Visit WeChat and Weibo to learn more about the Art Institute of Chicago.