August 2014 Newsletter

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce E-News

August 2014 Edition


2014–2015 Chinatown Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

On August 5, 2014, the Chamber’s new Executive Committee and Board of Directors were sworn into their new roles by Alderman Danny Solis of the 25th Ward during an Inauguration Ceremony at the Phoenix Restaurant.  Congratulations to everyone!  Their dedication and commitment to Chinatown and its business community is to be commended. Our complete list of Board of Directors can be found here.

Executive Officers
  • Darryl Tom – President
  • Raymond Chin – Chairman, Board of Directors
  • Jenny Yang – Vice President
  • Stan Bochnowski – Vice President
  • Ming Ming Tong – English Secretary 
  • Kam Liu – Chinese Secretary
  • Raymond Lee – Treasurer 

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Chinatown Summer Fair

On July 20, 2014, over ten-thousand people came to Chinatown by car, water taxi, public transit, bikes and other means to enjoy the Chinatown Summer Fair.  A lion dance procession welcomed guests and the Jesse White Tumblers, Cirque Shanghai-Warriors, and a variety of other amazing performances entertained the crowds.

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Forgotten Chinatown Tour

The popular Forgotten Chinatown Tour took place on Sunday August 3, 2014.  Over thirty visitors learned about the history of Chinatown, its iconic buildings and the surrounding industrial areas. 

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Chicago Water Taxi

Chicago Water Taxi and new Chamber Board Member, Andrew Sargis, were featured in an article in the World Journal.  A record number of visitors rode the Chicago Water Taxi to Chinatown in July.  Don’t miss out on taking this ride along the Chicago River.  Schedules and routes can be found at

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Member Spotlight

We are beginning a new feature on our Facebook page and website this month.  MEMBER SPOTLIGHT will feature new and current members of the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce.  You will learn about the business, what types of services it offers, how they can assist you with your needs and how you can contact them.  Be sure to visit these businesses which are committed to the Chambers mission of developing the Chinese community and educating the public about Chinese culture. Look for new SPOTLIGHT features each month on our Facebook page and on our website.

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Our featured member this month is DEARBORN ARCHITECTS.  Homan Wong established Dearborn Architects in 1998.  His firm offers many services including Architectural Design, Interior Design, Site Evaluation and Consultation. Learn more about DEARBORN ARCHITECTS at

Blue Man Group at the Briar Street Theatre

Chinatown Chamber of Commerce Discount Tickets

Have you experienced the Blue Man Group yet?  If not, you should!  Blue Man Group combines music, technology and comedy to entertain audiences of all ages. View video. For a limited time until December 24, 2014, Blue Man Group is offering a $49 offer ($20 off regular ticket prices) to Chamber members and friends.  When ordering, use code “CCC” to receive your discount.  There is a maximum of nine tickets, subject to availability and black out dates.  Not valid on any previously purchased tickets. Purchase tickets using discount code at If you have questions, you can contact the Blue Man Group Box Office at 773-348-4000.



Chicago ranks as one of the Top Ten Best Chinatowns in the US according to The Daily Meal

In an article featured on The Daily Meal Chicago Chinatown is listed as one of the Top Ten Chinatowns in the US.  See where Chicago ranks.

CAPS Meeting in Chinatown

Attend the next Chinatown CAPS Meeting on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 6:30 pm.  The meeting will be held at the Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library located at 2353 S. Wentworth. CAPS stands for the Chicago Alternative Police Strategy which focuses on building partnerships with community residents and working with them proactively to address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues, such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime. 

FOUR STAR Bike & Chow Ride 

Ping Tom Memorial Park will be one of the stops on Active Transportation Alliances FOUR STAR Bike & Chow Ride on Sunday September 7, 2014.  You can choose from four different routes ranging from 12 to 62 miles.  Each route explores Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods, parks and historic architecture and offers a sampling of delicious cuisines along the way. Learn more about the Ride and Sign Up today.  


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


Essex Inn

Essex Inn is currently hiring for the following positions: Sales Manager, Reservationist, Housekeeping Supervisor, Housekeeper, House Person, Front Desk Clerk, Front Office Supervisor, Bell Person, and Lifeguard. To apply for a position please visit  

Phoenix Bean

Phoenix Bean is hiring a Driver and an Administrative Assistant. Please contact Jenny Yang at (773) 784-2503 for more information.

Redmoon Theater

Redmoon Theater is currently seeking qualified candidates for the following: Communication Internship, Ticket Operations Internship, Front of House Management Internship, Business Operations Internship, and Assistant to the Managing Director. Click here for more information.