5 events for $5 (or less): Celebrate Chinese New Year in Vernon Hills, Rosemont & Chicago

Lunar New Year celebrations

Two suburban shopping centers host Chinese New Year celebrations this weekend. There will be a lion dance, extreme yo-yo performances and more at Hawthorn Mall's Macy's Court, 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills. Free admission. (847) 362-2600 or Or see performances by Xilin Dance Company, Huaxing Children's Choir and more on Saturday in the food court of the Fashion Outlets of Chicago, 5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont. Free admission. (847) 680-7200 or 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in Vernon Hills and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, in Rosemont

Choo-choo land

The North Central O'Gaugers Club creates a special Model Train Winter Wonderland display at the Zion-Benton Public Library, 2400 Gabriel Ave., Zion. Free. (847) 872-4680 or 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Navy Pier's Aon Grand Ballroom from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. Courtesy of James Richards IV/Navy Pier

Pier New Year

The Chinese Fine Arts Society teams with Navy Pier to welcome the Year of the Rat with Chinese New Year celebrations. There will be performances by the Cheng Da Drum Team, the Chicago Chinese Cultural Center Lion Dance Team, and interactive arts and crafts on Saturday in the Aon Grand Ballroom, 800 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. Free admission. (312) 595-7437 or 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25

Vintage wares

Hunt for collectibles, estate jewelry, coins and more at Zurko Promotions' Antique Vintage Flea Market at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. $5 general admission (early buyers can enter at 6 a.m. for $10). (715) 526-9769, (630) 668-6636 or 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26

Composer and pianist Tatev Amiryan performs "Armenian Music of Remembrance: The 150th Anniversary of Komitas" at the Skokie Public Library on Sunday, Jan. 26.

Armenian master

Composer and pianist Tatev Amiryan pays tribute to the late influential Armenian priest and composer Komitas with the concert "Armenian Music of Remembrance: The 150th Anniversary of Komitas" at the Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St., Skokie. Free admission. (847) 673-7774 or 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26

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