August 2016 Newsletter

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce E-News

August 2016 Edition

Labor Day is just around the corner. However, summer is not over yet! You can ride the Chicago Water Taxi to Chinatown through September (weekdays until September 16th). Free events continue in Ping Tom Memorial Park including Chicago Park District's Summer Dance in the Park, nature activities and more!

Chinatown is easy to get to! Both Red and Green Line CTA L train stations are located within walking distance of Chinatown. Several Divvy bike stations can be found in the neighborhood. Various CTA bus lines serve the neighborhood and the Chicago Water Taxi docks at Ping Tom Memorial Park. 


2016-2017 Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Inauguration Dinner


Congratulations to our Chamber's new Board President Tony Shu, Esq., Board Chairman Mabel Moy, Executive Committee and Board of Directors! An inauguration dinner was held on August 16th at MingHin Cuisine. Alderman Danny Solis of the 25th Ward performed the swearing-in ceremony for 2016-2017 Board of Directors.

Visitor Information and Guides Available at the Chamber Office

Not sure what to do when you are in Chicago? Be sure to stop by the Chamber office located at 2169B S. China Place at the west end of Chinatown Square to pick up visitor information or to ask our staff about the Chinatown Community and what it has to offer.

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

Explore Chinatown! One-Hour Landmark 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 a great way to start your cultural adventure. Experience and learn about traditional Chinese culture from our local tour guide. Cost per person is $10. Space is limited and subject to availability. Group tours are available. To learn more or reserve your spot, contact us at or call 312-326-5320. 

Recent articles on Chicago's Chinatown

"How Chicago's Chinatown is Unlike Any Other Chinatown" – Menuism Dining Blog, David R. Chan

"Chicago Chinatown's population increased by 25 percent between 2000 and 2010 and its boundaries are spilling into adjacent neighborhoods. But why is Chicago the great exception as a Chinese culinary center with a growing Chinatown?"

Find out at

"How Chicago's Chinatown Keeps Getting Bigger and Better" – Zagat, Matt Kirouac

"All across the country, Chinatown neighborhoods are buckling under soaring rents and the impending tides of gentrification. In cities like San Francisco, New York City and Boston – where colorful Chinatown and districts have long been a visible and vital part of the metropolitan framework – versions are shrinking and Chinese residents leaving. Chicago is a notable exception…"


"In Chinatown, Cycling is Favored by the Young and the Old, But Not Always Those in Between" – Chicago Reader, John Greenfield

"Biking appears to be fairly widespread in Chinatown and other neighborhoods with sizable Chinese populations, even more so than in the city as a whole." 




Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot

Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot was established in 1999 and opened their Chicago location in February 2016. They are located across 4 countries, including locations in 8 states in the United States. Learn more about Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot at



Welcome to our New Members!

Asian Pop-Up Cinema Announces Season III Film Lineup


Asian Pop-Up Cinema Season III will present twelve award-winning films, including nine Chicago premieres beginning on September 17, 2016 at 1:30 pm at the Wilmette Theater. View Asian Pop-Up Cinema Season III Trailer at .

The opening night feature film is Sori: Voice From the Heart. This film, directed by Lee Ho-jae, who will be in attendance, is a heartwarming and engaging sci-fi drama depicting the adventure between a "R2D2" that has decided to go AWOL and a grief-stricken father searching for his missing daugther. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit If you have questions, contact 

Connie's Pizza

Connie's Pizza has been named as one of the most iconic pizzerias in Chicago! Read more at

Ahjoomah's Apron – You can win a $100 Gift Card in September

Dine at Ahjoomah's Apron in September 2016 for your chance at winning one of three $100 gift cards or one of ten $10 gift cards!



CTA Bus #31 Will Be Back on September 6, 2016!

The CTA's #31 bus route will return as a 6-month pilot route starting on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Service will be provided between the Ashland Orange Line station and the Lake Meadows Shopping Center (35th Street/King Drive) via 31st Street every 30 minutes on weekdays only from 10am – 7pm. Continued operations after the 6-month pilot will be determined on the number of riders during this time period. For more information and to see a map of the route, visit


Asian Health Coalition presents Play Street in Armour Square Neighborhood  

Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 10am-12pm


This is your last chance to experience Armour Square Play Street! This is a pop-up play space for local community residents located on West 24th Place between Princeton and Wentworth across from Sun Yat-Sen Playlot. Children and their families can come together, be safe, and get active through fun healthy play! Learn more at

Chicago Summer Dance In the Parks   

Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 6pm-9pm

You can still enjoy Chicago Summer Dance in the Parks at Ping Tom Memorial Park on September 8, 2016 from 6pm – 9pm. This session features East Coast Swing accompanied by the music of Petra van Nuis Quintet. The Chicago Water Taxi will drop you off right at the Pavilion to enjoy an hour of dance instruction followed by 2 hours of live music where patrons can show off their newly learned dance moves. Learn more about these summer dance events at

Explore Your Lakes and River – Openlands 

Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 3pm-7pm

Explore the South Branch of the Chicago River from Ping Tom Memorial Park! Experience paddling in a canoe like those used by indigenous communities for centuries. Learn about the birds that visit Ping Tom Memorial Park and the Chicago River. No experience is necessary and all voyageur canoe riders are guided by expert paddlers. This is a FREE event open to people of all ages. Bring your family to connect with nature! 

Pedals & Petals – Community Planting Day and Bike Ride  

Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 11am-3pm

Enjoy a day of community planting, nature activities and a community bike ride from Ping Tom Memorial Park to Set in Stone, one of the lakefront's gathering spaces of the Burnham Wildlife Corridor. This event is organized in partnership with the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago, Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community, Slow Roll, Roots and Routes, Nature Oasis, and Shedd Aquarium. For more information, visit or contact


Harris Theater's "Hamlet: The Revenge of Prince Zi Dan" – 40% Discount on Tickets!

Harris Theater in association with Chicago Shakespeare Theater is offering Chinatown Chamber of Commerce friends and supporters 40% off ticket prices for their Chicago debut production of Hamlet: The Revenge of Prince Zi Dan on Wednesday, September 28 & Thursday, September 29, 2016, 7:30PM. Internationally renowned Shanghai Jingju Theatre Company transforms Shakespeare’s Hamlet into one of China’s most impressive forms of traditional art, setting the story in the fictitious ancient Chinese state of the Red City. Here, as in Shakespeare’s classic, the prince becomes disillusioned after discovering his uncle has killed his father and seduced his mother. The stage presentation of this Peking Opera strictly follows the rules of Chinese dramatic aesthetics, famous for its succinct and meaningful depiction.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit

Use discount code "Gen40" at checkout. This code is good for all price level tickets.

9th District CAPS Meetings Schedule

The 9th District Chicago Police Department Beat 914 CAPS Meetings are held every 4th Wednesday of the month at the Chinatown Library located at 2100 S. Wentworth from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  You are encouraged to attend to meet your beat officers, discuss problems and crime conditions and learn crime fighting strategies.  

My Life in China Screenings


Kenneth Eng, director and filmmaker brought his film, My Life in China, to Chicago Chinatown. Over 300 people attended three free screenings with director Q&A sessions. This exceptional film follows a son's journey to the family village in China with his father and provides a detailed account of the father's immigration experience to America. The film was especially meaningful to audience members who had similar personal experiences during their lieves. To learn more about the film and to purchase the DVD, visit .


Chinese American Civic Council Miss Chicago Chinatown Pageant 2016


Congratulations to the winners of the Miss Chicago Chinatown Pageant 2016! On August 13, 2016, six beautiful contestants vied for the title of Miss Chicago Chinatown 2016 at Furama Restaurant. Victoria Ng was chosen as Miss Chicago Chinatown 2016, Christine Vi was First Runner-Up and Jessica Kung was Second Runner-Up.

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks – Twelfth Night


Over 800 people attended Chicago Shakespeare in the Park's production of Twelfth Night at Ping Tom Memorial Park. This summer, neighborhoods across the city enjoyed this 75-minute romantic comedy about mistaken identity and unlikely love performed as part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago's year-long international arts festival.