April 2017 Newsletter

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce E-News

April 2017 Edition

Happy Spring!


2017 Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy | June 24, 2017 | Ping Tom Memorial Park | 8AM – 4PM

Mark your calendars! The Chinatown Chamber of Commerce will host the 2017 Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy on June 24, 2017 at Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown. This very popular event will feature 30 dragon boat teams racing on the south branch of the Chicago River. In addition to the exciting races, there will be a Free Chinatown Trolley, children's activities, vendor booths, cultural entertainment and more! Thank you to our sponsors!

Sign up to be an event sponsorship! Visit our event webpage for more information or contact us at info@chicagochinatown.org.

Chinatown Business Luncheon featuring Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President

The Chamber's next Chinatown Business Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at MingHin Cuisine located at 2168 S. Archer Avenue Chicago. The featured speaker will be Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle who will speak on The State of Cook County. Tickets can be purchased online at  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2932760.

35th Annual Gala and 2017 Miss Friendship Ambassador Pageant

The 2017 Miss Friendship Ambassador Pageant will take place on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at the Hilton Chicago International Ballroom. Pageant contestant applications are now being accepted. Review the pageant overview, contestant requirements, application and important documents online at http://chicagochinatown.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/2017-MFA-Application-Form-FINAL.pdf. The deadline for eligible contestants to apply is August 4, 2017. Please pass this on to your friends and family! We are looking forward to a great event!

Chicago Riverwalk Season Opening Celebration May 20, 2017

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and Greater Chicago Dragon Boat Club has partnered with the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to host an Exhibition Dragon Boat Race on the Chicago River during the Chicago Riverwalk Season Opening Celebration taking place on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Plan on enjoying a full day of activities along the Riverwalk and be there at 5:00 pm to watch the exhibition races, view a dragon boat up close and learn about the 2,000 year old tradition of dragon boat racing. Visit https://www.chicagoriverwalk.us/season-opening for a list of celebration day activities.

Chinatown Immigration Workshop for Business Owners

In partnership with State Representative Theresa Mah, 2nd District, the Chinatown Chamber hosted a workshop for business owners providing a legislative update on immigrantion legislation. Andy Kang, Legal Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago, provided important information about current immigration policies. For immigration issues, the following hotlines were provided: First Defense Legal Aid 1-800-529-7374 or Illinois Coalition Immigrant & Refugee Rights 1-312-332-7360.

Chinatown Business Luncheon featuring Kimberly M. Foxx – Cook County State's Attorney

The Chinatown Chamber of Commerce was honored to have Kimberly Foxx, Cook County State's Attorney at its recent Chinatown Business Luncheon held on April 11, 2017, at Lee Wing Wah Restaurant. Foxx spoke in detail about public safety & precautions, in addition to laws & preventions of illegal firearm circulations within Chicago.


MillerCoors Chinese Food & Beer Pairing Member Food Services Event

Chinatown Chamber and MillerCoors hosted an event for Chamber food service businesses at the Fred & Adolph Pub on April 27, 2017. Food service member businesses learned about best practices for responsible drinking. Several food dishes generously donated by Chinatown businesses were expertly paired with different MillerCoors beer products. Thank you to MillerCoors, Chiu Quon Bakery & Dim Sum, Evergreen Restaurant, King Wah and Phoenix Bean for their participation and volunteers and staff for their hard work. View pairings and try your own at your next Chinese meal!

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: NEW Choose Chicago Visitor Guide, NEW Travel Illinois, CTA Bus & Rail Map, RTA System Map, Where Chicago Magazine and Maps, Where Epicure Chicago, information on Chinatown and more!


Welcome to our new Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce Members!

Asian Pop-Up Cinema Season IV

Asian Pop-Up Cinema Season IV will end its season with the Chicago premier of LOVE, LIES in Korean with English subtitles on May 3rd at 7:00 pm at AMC River East 21. During this closing night film, director Park Heung-sik will be in attendance. To view trailer and purchase tickets visit http://www.asianpopupcinema.org/love-lies.

In association with Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York, Asian Pop-Up Cinema will host Lifetime Achievement Award Night honoring Teddy Robin Kwan on Thursday, May 11, 2017 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Chicago History Museum located at 1601 N. Clark Street. For more information and to purchase tickets visit http://www.asianpopupcinema.org/lifetime-achievement-award-night/.

King of the Yees – Goodman Theatre

Last chance to see King of the Yees at the Goodman Theatre this weekend! Members and Friends of the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce receive 50% off tickets to select performances of King of the Yees. Just use promo CCOC at GoodmanTheatre.org/Yees. Get 50% off main floor and mezzanine seats for performances 4/13 – 4/30. *Offer valid on main floor and mezzanine seats only. Not available on previously purchased tickets or in combination with other offers. Expires 4/30/17.                                                                                                                                                         

Go 4 Food featured in Scandinavian Airlines Traveler Magazine

Chicago's Chinatown is one of the featured ethnic neighborhoods in the city presented by the Scandinavian Airlines Online Traveler Magazine at https://scandinaviantraveler.com/en/play/get-blown-away-by-chicago. Chinatown Chamber member Go4Food is highlighted in the video.

Chicago for First-Time Visitors: A Guide to the Top Things to Do

Chamber members Garrett Popcorn and 360 Chicago are listed as one of the top things to experience for visitors to Chicago. Visit this link for the guide.


Employment Opportunities

Chicago South Loop Hotel is seeking candidates for a Hotel Sales Coordinator

Chinatown Tour Guide – Seeking candidates for independent Chinatown tour guides. If interested, please send resume to info@chicagochinatown.org.