April 2014 Newsletter

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce E-News April 2014 Edition

Spring has arrived in Chicago!  After a long winter, we look forward to more visitors coming to Chinatown to enjoy the many restaurants, gift shops, stores, bakeries, etc.  A great way to get to Chinatown is via the Chicago Water Taxi which begins weekend operations to Chinatown on April 26th and weekday operations on May 24th.  Visit their website for more detailed information and schedules.

Water Taxi

Mark your calendars for June 28, 2014 when the 14th Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy will be held in Ping Tom Memorial Park.  We are looking for sponsors, exhibitors and teams to register for the race!  Sign up TODAY! This family friendly event attracts over 10,000 visitors each year.  View last year’s Dragon Boat Race for Literacy video.



The White Snake at the Goodman Theater


The Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce had partnered with the Goodman Theatre to promote its upcoming production of The White Snake.  Use the promo code CHAMBER to get 50% Off tickets for its May 3 – 11 performances*! Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman brings an ancient and beloved Chinese fable to life in a dazzling new adaptation hailed as “strikingly beautiful” by National Public Radio. The White Snake chronicles the tale of a gentle serpent spirit who lives for centuries coiled on a mountaintop. One day, she transforms herself into a beautiful young woman and, with her feisty companion Green Snake, travels down to the world of humans. There, she unexpectedly finds love, happiness and family, and vows to remain a human forever. But when a vengeful monk discovers her true identity, he becomes determined to destroy the life that she’s built—and break apart her marriage to her one true love. Funny, moving and stunningly staged, The White Snake is a ravishing theatrical spectacle that will enchant and delight. For more information and purchase tickets go to their website at GoodmanTheatre.org/WhiteSnake.

*Not valid through Goodman’s mobile site, on premium or partial view seating, on previously purchased tickets or in combination with other offers. Expires 5/12/14.


The Union League Club of Chicago Authors Group Presents Lisa See, New York Times Bestselling Author

China Dolls

Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Dreams of Joy, Peony in Love, and Shanghai Girls will be in Chicago on Monday June 23rd. The Union League Club of Chicago Authors Group will be hosting a luncheon and reception in honor of her new book, China Dolls.  Lisa See is an Edgar Award nominee and the Organization of Chinese American Women named her the 2001 National Woman of the Year.  For reservations, call 847-446-8880 or email books@TheBookStall.com.

Choose Chicago Feature on the History of Chinatown

Choose Chicago

Did you know that Chinatown was first established in the downtown area located at Clark Street, between Van Buren and Harrison? LEARN about Chicago’s Chinatown history on Choose Chicago’s website.  LIKE Choose Chicago’s Facebook page. TAG your photos this week on Instagram at #ChinatownChicago for a chance to be featured on Choose Chicago’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Yum Cha – Dim Sum Parlor

Dim Sum

Yum Cha – Dim Sum Parlor celebrated its grand opening on April 14th featuring traditional dim sum, lunch and dinner menu items.  Quoted by Restaurant Hospitality, “This classy dim sum parlor specializes in contemporary Cantonese food with an adventurous bent. Chef Rodelio Aglibot, who opened Sunda, brings his deep knowledge of Asian cuisine to a downtown neighborhood that’s been underserved by Chinese restaurants.” For more information and directions, visit their website here.

IPW Chicago 2014

Chicago hosted the U.S. travel industry’s premier international marketplace by welcoming more than 6,000 travel buyers, suppliers and media from 70 countries for three days.  The Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce assisted with this major event in several ways.  Chamber staff led two tours of Chinatown with visitors from Japan, Croatia, Nigeria and other countries.  The Chamber also assisted with getting volunteer Mandarin speaking translators to accompany buyers from China during their meetings and presentations.  This year’s event attracted the largest number of buyers from China. Chicago last hosted the event in 1998.

Beginning July 1, 2014 New Illinois Food Handler Requirements

Effective July 1, 2014, if you work in a restaurant in Illinois and prepare, store or serve food, handle food equipment, food utensils, or food-contact surfaces you will be required to receive a food handler certificate.  Specific information on the new Illinois Food Handler Requirements and the Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act can be found here under Sec. 3.06. In person and on line courses are available by searching the Internet.


We welcome the following new members to the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce. Thank you for your support of the Chamber!


Career Fair Hosted by City of Chicago

City Job Fair

Administrative Assistant

The Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce is currently hiring for a full-time Administrative Assistant.  Job responsibilities include, but not limited to, providing administrative support to staff, responding to walk-in, telephone and email inquiries, managing social media accounts, maintaining website statistics data, assisting with event and volunteer management and other duties.  Chinese language skills are a plus, but not required. Inquiries regarding this position should be made via email at info@chicagochinatown.org. If you are qualified and interested, please send a resume and cover letter to info@chicagochinatown.org.

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer.

Chinatown Tour Guides

The Chinatown Chamber of Commerce is seeking independent tour guides to assist with tours of Chinatown. This is not a staff position. Qualified candidates should send a resume including past tour experience, knowledge of Chinatown and the Chinese culture. Must be fluent in English. Chinese language skills are a plus, but not required. Include availability to lead tour groups during the weekdays and weekends. Inquiries regarding this position should be made via email to info@chicagochinatown.org.  Send cover letter and resume to info@chicagochinatown.org.