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2016 Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy

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Make your plans to spend the day at Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy this Saturday, June 25th at Ping Tom Memorial Park located at 300 W. 19th Street from 8 am – 5 pm. Thirty dragon boat teams will race for the flag at the finish line on the south branch of the Chicago River in Chinatown. These exciting races take place all day in addition to many different activities in the park and around the neighborhood. You can purchase dragon boat race t-shirts and bandanas at the Information Desk in addition to ice cold Pepsi products.

The Opening Ceremony starts at 9 am at the Pavilion in Ping Tom Memorial Park located at 300 W. 19th Street. A lion dance kicks off the event, bringing good luck to all. Special invited guests will speak during the ceremony. Visit the many vendor booths along the entrance way and in the park. Be sure to visit our Title Sponsor: Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office of New York’s booth to receive a special gift when you Like their Facebook page. Then sit back and enjoy the amazing performances beginning at 10 am and throughout the day. See Entertainment Schedule below. Hang out with Southpaw, Chicago White Sox’s mascot at 10 am. Children will enjoy arts and crafts activities all day and listen to storytelling from 10 am – 11:30 am at the children’s tent in the park. A. Sweets Girl Food Truck will be located at the entrance of the park selling delicious cupcakes, macarons and homemade mango ice cream.

Ride the Free Chinatown Trolley sponsored by Fashion Outlets of Chicago which will loop from Ping Tom Memorial Park through Chinatown and back from 9 am – 4 pm. You will learn about the history of Chinatown from our on board tour guides. Riders can hop on and hop off at designated stops. Dine at one of the over 70 restaurants and bakeries along the way for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks. Peruse and shop the many gift and jewelry stores and herbal, tea and grocery shops for exotic food ingredients. Then, take the trolley back to the park to watch more exciting races!

Getting to Chinatown is easy! We recommend taking public transportation or biking to Chinatown. The CTA Red Line to Cermak/Chinatown and the CTA Green Line to Cermak/McCormick Place stations are within walking distance to Chinatown and the park as well as CTA buses. Visit Transit Chicago for more information. You can also take the Chicago Water Taxi to Ping Tom Memorial Park which will drop you off at the event site. Schedules and rates can be found at here. There are several DIVVY bike stations in Chinatown including one right in Ping Tom Memorial Park. If you decide to drive, there are two public Chinatown parking lots located on Wentworth Avenue at Archer plus street parking. The Free Chinatown Trolley will be making designated stops along Wentworth Avenue and near the CTA Red Line Station. Look for the “Free Trolley Stop” sign and Hop On!

Chinese New Year Celebration For more information visit http://chicagochinatown.org/2016-chicago-dragon-boat-race-literacy/.

See you at the races!

Here’s why Chicago’s Chinatown is booming, even as others across the U.S. fade – Chicago Tribune Article

“Chicago is a rare exception to trends of depopulation and gentrification in the country’s major Chinatowns.”

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The Unlikely Boom of Chicago’s Chinatown – Next City Article

“As gentrification and changing cultural preferences wipe out urban Chinatowns across the U.S., a model for survival is being proven in the heartland.”

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Member Spotlight

The month of May 2016 member spotlight features: Fashion Outlets of Chicago.To view our previous member spotlights, please visit our Member Spotlight Page. If you are member or interested in becoming a member and wish to be featured in our Member Spotlight, please give us a call at (312) 326- 5320.

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Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce welcomes its newest members:
  1. St. Barbara Elementary School
  2. ACM Fan Midwest
  3. Slurp Slurp Noodle
  4. B G 8808
  5. Eternal Travel Chicago
  6. Chinese of Chicago
  7. Where Traveler Chicago
A complete list of our members can be found here.

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Blue Man Group Celebrates 25 Years of Living in Full Color

Blue Man Group 25th Anniversary
In 2016, global entertainment phenomenon Blue Man Group celebrates 25 years of living in full color with a series of new projects and appearances. The company is best known for the award-winning Blue Man Group show, performed in 15 countries and seen by more than 35 million people worldwide since 1991. A dynamic combination of music, comedy and technology, the show appeals to a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds. It is continually refreshed with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and state-of-the-art technology. Learn more at https://www.blueman.com/chicago/about-show.

Blue Man Group is offering Chamber supporters a discount of $20 on tickets using code “CCC” available until June 26, 2016. Purchase tickets on line at http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/uq4fkm.

Cathay Bank Special Promotion

Cathay Bank Business Banking Promotion
Cathay Bank continually strives to support its customers to achieve financial success. It offers a comprehensive suite of business banking solutions to assist businesses with their growing needs and to be more competitive. In early 2016, Cathay Bank was ranked 12th among Forbes Best Banks in America. This recognition is a testament to its commitment to performance excellence and delivering banking solutions that meet their customers’ financial needs. Cathay Bank is launching a special promotion, extending a variety of limited time offers to customers. Featured business banking solutions include business checking accounts, Merchant Bankcard Services, Cathay Business Online Banking, SBA 7(a) Loan, and Premium Smart Capital Line. You may be able to save up to $2,500 on selected services by taking advantage of these promotional offers today. Refer to the flyer for more information. Cathay Bank is your destination for Total Business Solutions. Visit any Cathay Bank branch, call 1-800-9CATHAY or visit www.cathaybank.com/business-banking for further details.

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