April 2016 Newsletter

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce E-News

April 2016 Edition

Happy Spring!


2016 Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy
Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Ping Tom Memorial Park

The Chinatown Chamber of Commerce will host the 2016 Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy on June 25, 2016 at Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown. Our dragon boat team roster is complete! There was so much interest this year, our team slots filled up quickly. Thank you to all the teams who have registered to participate in the 2016 Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy.  More information to come!

Thank you to our sponsors! Official Title Sponsor: Hong Kong Economic Trade Office of New York, Presenting Sponsor: Chinatown Parking Corporation, Trolley Sponsor: Fashion Outlets of Chicago, Event Sponsors: Comcast, Hyatt, US Bank.  There are still Event Sponsorship opportunities available. For information about sponsorship and the dragon boat race event, visit our website at https://chicagochinatown.org/2016-chicago-dragon-boat-race-literacy/

Chinatown Business Luncheon featuring Cory M. Jobe, Director – Illinois Office of Tourism

The Chinatown Chamber of Commerce was honored to have Cory Jobe, Director of the Illinois Office of Tourism speak at its recent Chinatown Business Luncheon held on April 27th at Lee Wing Wah Restaurant.  Speaking to over 100 guests, Mr. Jobe presented exciting details of how the Illinois Office of Tourism is successfully reaching out to visitors in the US and internationally providing details of places to visit throughout the state. For more information on Illinois Tourism, visit their website at https://www.enjoyillinois.com/en-us. Illinois Traveler Magazines are available at the Chamber office.


Chinatown Clean and Green Days



The Chamber hosted a Chinatown Clean & Green Day on April 16th as part of a city wide effort to beautify neighborhoods.  Groups of students representing Chinese American Service League, Project: VISION and Chinese Christian Union Church worked diligently to remove papers and graffiti from lamp posts and planting trees and flowers in community planters throughout Chinatown.  Thank you to all the students who participated to help beautify the Chinatown community!

Illinois Worker's Compensation Commission – Information Session May 2016

The Insurance Compliance Division of the Workers’ Compensation Commission is responsible for enforcing the mandatory insurance provisions of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. If an employer has one employee, even a part-time employee, the employer must provide workers’ compensation insurance. That includes family members of the owner(s) who are employed by the company. Sole proprietors, corporate officers, business partners and members of limited liability companies may elect to come under the Act or they may choose not to (except for employers in extra-hazardous occupations, such as construction and trucking). An employer that knowingly and willfully fails to provide workers’ compensation insurance may be fined up to $500 for every day of non-compliance, with a minimum fine of $10,000. Additionally, corporate officers who are found to have negligently failed to provide insurance are guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. For more information please call 312-814-6611 or visit www.iwcc.il.gov. The Chamber will be hosting the Commission in May 2016 for a session providing information on the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Act and its enforcement.  Further details will be provided.

Visitor Information and Guides Available at the Chamber Office

Not sure what to do when you are in Chicago Chinatown?  Be sure to stop by the Chamber office to pick up visitor information or to ask our staff about the Chinatown community and what it has to offer. 

Publications available include: Choose Chicago Visitor Guide, Travel Illinois, CTA Bus & Rail Map, RTA System Map, Where Chicago Magazine and Maps, Where Epicure Chicago, Chicago Helicopter Experience Brochure, Asian Pop-Up Cinema Schedule, information on Chinatown Tours and more! 



Cathay Bank Special 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.

Blue Men 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

Asian Pop-Up Cinema 

Asian Pop-Up Cinema presents I Am a Monk, a Japanese film with English subtitles about a young man who becomes the abbot of a Buddhist temple. The director, Yukinori Makabe, will be appearing live for a special Q/A after both screenings of the film. View the trailer at http://www.asianpopupcinema.org/i-am-a-monk. You have two chances to catch this heartwarming film:

Learn more about Asian Pop-Up Cinema at http://www.asianpopupcinema.org/

University of Illinois at Chicago Business Workshops

The University of Illinois at Chicago will be hosting several free workshops in May. 


Chicago’s Best TV features Go 4 Food

BYOB is a popular theme throughout many restaurants in Chinatown and the Chicago area.  Chicago’s Best TV visited Chinatown to feature Chamber member Go 4 Food in a recent episode.  View the show at http://chicagosbesttv.com/2016/04/18/chicagos-best-byob-2-go-4-food/.

Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot Restaurant 

Chamber member Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot was featured in an article in the Chicago Tribune.  Read about this new Chinatown business at http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/ct-cheap-eats-little-sheep-mongolian-hot-pot-story.html

Welcome to our New Members!



Chicago Chinatown Library Building Award

The Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library received top honors when it was awarded a Library Building Award from the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association.  Read more about this prestigious award at http://www.timeout.com/chicago/blog/chicagos-chinatown-library-receives-prestigious-architecture-design-award-041216.