Chicago’s Navy Pier will host Global Connections presented by ComEd, a festive series of three cultural celebrations honoring Chinese New Year (Feb. 5), International Carnivale (March 5) and Holi (March 19).

This free event series is open to the public to attend and experience traditional cultural performances, one-of-a-kind food offered by local vendors and live entertainment at each event.

The Global Connections series is a part of ComEd’s Powering the Arts initiative, focused on providing free, accessible entertainment to the public by highlighting unique cultural attractions and celebrations in the region.

Kicking off the festivities, Chinese New Year presented by ComEd at Navy Pier will be held on Saturday, Feb. 5 from 1-5 p.m. in the Aon Grand Ballroom that will be transformed into a joyful, interactive and family-friendly Chinese marketplace. Visitors can experience live performances of dance, music, martial arts, drumming and more featuring the best of Chicagoland’s Chinese artists. Guests can also browse Chinese artisan vendors, enjoy Chinese food and more.

International Carnivale presented by ComEd will take place on Saturday, March 5 from 1-5 p.m. in the Aon Ballroom. The one-of-a-kind Mardi Gras event, hosted by Logan Lu, will feature art making activities, music, and dance from across the globe including Brazil, Italy, Puerto Rico and North America.  The event will also feature exciting live performances by Chicago Samba, La Tosca, Plena Project presented by Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center and Four Star Brass Band.

The Global Connections series will conclude with Holi presented by ComEd, the colorful Hindu springtime festival on Saturday, March 19 from 1-5 p.m. The free public event, sponsored in part by the Delhi Committee of Chicago Sister Cities, invites all to celebrate outdoors on the Pier by throwing handfuls of colored powder, available for purchase on site. Guests can also enjoy free live dance and musical performances inside the Aon Grand Ballroom to continue the celebration. 

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