Frequently Asked Questions

Dragon Lights Festival Frequently Asked Questions

Dragon Lights is an event that celebrates the art, skill, and beauty of traditional Chinese lantern festivals that have been celebrated for the last 400 years. This has been accomplished through over a month long building process where about 40 exhibits, made of more than 1,000 components, are welded together, covered with colored silk, and then hand painted. These displays are then illuminated with LED lighting to complete the amazing visual experience. There are also displays highlighting the history and culture of China from the past to the present. In addition to the lighted displays there are multiple nightly performances of classic Chinese artists. There will be two 20 minute performances each week night and three on weekend nights (Friday and Saturday); times are posted at the Welcome Gate nightly. Asian and American food is available for purchase along with beer and non-alcoholic beverages.
Tickets are good for any night of the current season that the event is open. There is no refund due to rain, power outages, and/or other unforeseen conditions. In the unlikely event of a weather caused cancellation, patrons on the grounds will be given rain checks for a subsequent show. Buy Tickets Here
Dragon Lights is being held in the South Parking Lot just south of Soldier Field, 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive, Chicago, IL 60605.
Dragon Lights is open every day from 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (until 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights). The last onsite box office ticket will be sold at 9:00 p.m.; VIP ticket holders receive a private VIP Tour at 6:00PM as well as VIP Show Seating.
Guests may get near displays, but please do not touch, climb on, or go over rope lines around displays. We want to reduce wear and tear as much as possible.
Absolutely! Guests may take photos, but please do not touch, climb on, or go over rope lines around displays. Due to the large volume of people, only monopods are allowed until 9:30 p.m. each night. After 9:30 p.m. you would be welcome to use a tripod. By attending the event, you give permission to have your image and/or likeness reproduced for promotional and/or advertising purposes and/or by the media in print or digital formats.
Tickets are general admission and are valid for any day of the week during the show run dates. The last onsite box office ticket will be sold at 9:00 p.m. Persons presenting a ticket assume all risks incidental to the event. Tickets are good for any night of the current season that the event is open. There is no refund due to rain, power outages, and/or other unforeseen conditions. There are no refunds for unused tickets. These items are not allowed into Dragon Lights Lights: carry-in food or beverages (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), illegal drugs and controlled substances, weapons or objects that could be used as weapons, outside brochures or pamphlets, pets/animals (except service animals), lawn chairs, skateboards or skates, kites, balls, frisbees, or other carry-ins as determined by management. Outside vendors are not allowed into Dragon Lights or on Soldier Field Park property without a valid permit issued by the event promoters or Soldier Field management. Dragon Lights Officials reserve the right to eject any person violating any law, rule, or policy.
Parking is available in Soldier Field's Waldron Parking Garage and North Parking Garage for $15. Public transit is available; please visit www.rtachicago.com for public transit information. Accessible parking is available in all Soldier Field Parking facilities and the closest parking garage to Dragon Lights in the Waldron Parking Garage just south of the stadium, off of 18th Street.
Accessible parking is available in all Soldier Field Parking facilities and the closest parking garage to Dragon Lights in the Waldron Parking Garage just south of the stadium, off of 18th Street.
The show does not have wheelchairs available for rent. The show site is a paved parking lot that may contain some uneven surfaces. All displays can be viewed from the designated paths. Multiple vantage points are available for some displays.
This is an outdoor event - rain, snow or shine. Please check current weather conditions for your visit and dress appropriately.
All tickets include admission to view the displays, exhibits, and authentic Chinese performances. Tickets are good for any date the exhibit is open.
In the event that you have a lost item, please contact Soldier Field during normal business hours, M – F, 9AM – 5PM at 312-235-7000 or email receptionist@soldierfield.net
For the enjoyment of all those attending this event, we do not allow animals except for registered service animals.
This event is a smoke-free event. No smoking of any kind will be allowed. This includes vaping.
Sorry, we do not offer refunds for unused tickets.
The lanterns are taken apart by the Chinese artisans and technicians. Then they are carefully packed to move to the next show site to be rebuilt and refreshed. They are not available for purchase.
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