May 2015 Newsletter

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce E-News

May 2015 Edition

15th Annual Dragon Boat Race for Literacy

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  On Saturday, June 27, 2015, the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 15th Annual Dragon Boat Race for Literacy. This event attracts over 10,000 visitors and participants to picturesque Ping Tom Memorial Park at the Chicago River in Chinatown.  It will be a day of family fun watching exciting dragon boat races, riding the FREE Trolley around Chinatown, enjoying children’s activities and entertaining performances throughout the day. Sponsorship and Vendor table opportunities are still available.  For more information visit our website at or call 312-326-5320.

FREE Chamber Educational Program – Thursday May 28, 2015  10:00 AM

How to Maximize your Social Security & Small Business Law: Employee Programs

The Chamber has partnered with member Platinum Wealth Solutions, LLC to present an education program featuring Michael Olson, CFP who will discuss the complexity of Social Security claims and the importance of making the right benefit selection as it pertains to your future.  Additionally, Francis Fungsang, Esq. will speak on Small Business Law: Employee Programs, answering your questions regarding work visa sponsorships and permanent residency for employees, EB5 Program and Form I-9 Compliance and Requirements.  The program will take place at the Chamber’s office located at 2169B S. China Place Chicago IL.

There is no cost. To RSVP call the Chamber office at 312-326-5320 or email at by Monday May 25th.

Taste of Chinatown Fundraising Fireworks Boat Cruise – Wednesday, August 5, 2015

SAVE THE DATE! Enjoy a summer evening cruise on a Wendella Boat on the waters of Lake Michigan while dining on a variety of regional Chinese cuisines. The evening cruise will begin at beautiful Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chicago Chinatown.  The boat will travel down the historic Chicago River providing close-up views of the city’s iconic skyscrapers.  It will then pass through the Chicago River locks onto Lake Michigan.  During the cruise, a sampling of various Chinese dishes will be served on board.  The evening ends with a front-row seat to view Navy Pier’s spectacular fireworks display before returning to Ping Tom Memorial Park.  For more information and to purchase tickets go to

VanderCook College of Music FREE Summer Concert in Chinatown Square – June 30, 2015

The Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and Chinatown Parking Corporation will host a summer concert featuring musicians from the VanderCook College of Music in Chinatown Square on Tuesday June 30th.  More information to come!

Explore Chinatown!  One Hour Walking Tour

Are you new to Chicago, have visitors in town, or a local who has not visited Chicago’s Chinatown?  Well, you are in luck!  The Chinatown Chamber of Commerce’s walking tour is great way to start your cultural adventure.  Experience and learn about traditional Chinese culture from our local tour guide.  Tours are scheduled on Fridays at 10:00 AM. Cost per person is $10. Space is limited.  Group tours available. To learn more or reserve your spot contact us at or call 312-326-5320.

Chinese Language Tourist Map of Chicago

The NEW Chinese Language Tourist Map of Chicago, a joint project of the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and MyNais LLP, will be available beginning May 15th at the Chamber office located at 2169B S. China Place, Chicago IL, Choose Chicago Visitor Centers, Navy Pier, Chicago Water Taxi and participating hotels.  Be sure to pick one up!

Hua Tunan, Artist/Muralist from Foshan China creates a Mural in Chinatown

The Chamber hosted a reception on April 23rd at the Heritage Museum of Asian Art for Hua Tunan, Artist/Muralist from Foshan China.  Hua’s art is being featured at his first solo exhibition at Galerie F through June 6th.  In addition to his exhibition, Hua painted two murals, one in Logan Square and one in Chinatown on the west wall of Chamber member Chinatown Market’s building at 2121 S. Archer Ave.  Be sure to stop by to view the beautiful dragon mural.

Thank you to A. Sweets GirlTriple Crown Restaurant and Chinatown Market for donating food and drinks for the reception, Heritage Museum of Asian Art for donating the space and IKEA for donating a Hua Tunan poster.


Grand Opening of Hualian Translation & Legal Services in Chicago Chinatown

New Chamber member, Hualian Translation & Legal Services, opened its doors in grand style on April 12, 2015. Three Chinese lions performed bringing good luck to the business.  Hualian Translation & Legal Services is a comprehensive law firm, offering professional legal services in criminal, civil, commercial, immigration and other areas. They also offer translation and notary services. To learn more about Hualian Translation & Legal Services, visit our Member Spotlight page at

New Members

WELCOME! To our new Chinatown Chamber of Commerce Members!  Thank you for your support and we look forward to working with you!

Member Spotlight

The month of May features: Hualian Translation & Legal Services. 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.


Job Opening

Front Desk/Receptionist

Chinatown Chiropractic

2322 S. Wentworth Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616

Front desk/ receptionist for doctor’s office in Chinatown.
25 – 30 hours/ week
Training will be provided.
Apply in person Monday and Wednesday 10:00-11:00 am at 2322 S. Wentworth Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60616.


Chinatown Beautification

Streets in Chinatown were power washed on April 23rd courtesy of the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and Chinatown Parking Corporation.  Also, on April 18th volunteers helped to paint a viaduct located at Stewart Ave. and Archer Ave. and removed layers of notices pasted to lamp posts in Chinatown. Upcoming efforts to beautify Chinatown include filling planters throughout Chinatown with beautiful flowers. Thank you to the volunteers for all of their hard work!



Centennial Art Project

Over two years ago when Chinatown celebrated its Centennial Year, the Centennial Art Project was created.  Due to varying factors beyond the control of the committee, the project was put on hold until now.  Two murals will be created in Chinatown on Archer Ave. between Wentworth and Clark Streets in the coming months. The two artists, Andy Bellomo and Bernard Williams who are with the Chicago Public Art Group, have created beautiful murals depicting the past, present and future of Chinatown, its people and its culture. More information will be available to the public in the coming weeks.  


Voices from the Bottom of the South China Sea – May 30, 2015

Robert Wells, author of Voices from the Bottom of the South China Sea will be speaking at the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago on May 30, 2015 at 2 PM. This book tells about the remarkable, untold illustration of the bonds between Americans and Chinese, brought to life in the true story of a deadly 1874 shipwreck off Southern China that killed hundreds and scattered treasure in the South China Sea. Event is free, however space is limited.  RSVP at 312-949-1000 or at

World No Tobacco Day Chinatown Square Cleanup

The Coalition for Asian Substance Abuse Prevention is hosting a Chinatown clean-up event on Friday, May 29th (3-5 PM). Students from the area schools will participate in this annual event in celebration of World No Tobacco Day at the end of the month. World No Tobacco Day is a day created by the World Health Organization to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and to advocate for policies to reduce tobacco consumption. One in every ten cigarettes consumed worldwide are illegal – be a part of the solution by registering at