December 2015 Newsletter

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce E-News

December 2015 Edition

Happy Holidays!

As the new year approaches, we reflect upon our past year in 2015 and the many successful Chamber activities and events that took place including the 33rd Anniversary Gala and Miss Friendship Ambassador Pageant, Taste of Chinese Cuisine Boat Cruise, 15th Annual Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy and Chinatown Business Luncheons featuring UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis and Don Bacigalupi President Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. We also held several workshops and seminars, led walking tours of Chinatown, partnered with Chicago Water Taxi, NBC's Chicago PD TV show, VanderCook College of Music and so much more.   We thank all of our supporters (YOU), sponsors and partners who made these happen.  We look forward to an even more amazing 2016 and Lunar New Year of the Monkey!  


Chinatown Business Luncheon Featuring Don Bacigalupi, Founding President Lucas Museum of Narrative Art 

Don Bacigalupi, Founding President Lucas Museum of Narrative Art was the featured speaker at the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce’s Business Luncheon on December 16th at the Phoenix Restaurant.  Mr. Bacigalupi spoke on “Building the 21st Century Museum”, providing descriptive details of the new Lucas Museum of Narrative Art which will be located in Chicago.  For more information about the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, visit

2016 Chinese Lunar New Year Dinner – Wednesday February 10, 2016   6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Ming Hin Cuisine

SAVE THE DATE!!!  Come celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Monkey with the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday February 10, 2016 at Ming Hin Cuisine from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  Special Lunar New Year dishes will be prepared for your dining delight.  There will be raffle prizes and “Lai See”/Red Envelope” Cash Drawings.  Be sure to wear something red for good luck! Tickets are available on line at

WTTW11 Premiers Chicago's South Side

On Monday, November 30th, WTTW11 premiered its new program titled Chicago’s South Side.  Geoffrey Baer shared stories of Chicago’s South Side in a new 90-minute journey highlighting the rich history and culture of the neighborhoods south of I-55.  The program shows how these neighborhoods came to be and provides a scenic and fascinating tour of the architecture and landmarks in these neighborhoods including Chinatown. The Chinatown Chamber of Commerce’s Dragon Boat Race for Literacy is featured in the program. Visit for a link to view the program on line and to learn more about Chinatown.

Chinatown Tours, Shopping & Dining

Not sure what to do with your friends and family during the holidays?  Treat them to a visit to Chinatown!  Start off with a tour of Chinatown. After the tour, stop in the many gift shops, herbal stores, groceries and bakeries.  Dine at one of over 70 restaurants in the neighborhood for dim sum, lunch or dinner. Don’t miss special discounts at several local restaurants including Triple Crown Restaurant, Furama, and daily specials at Phoenix Restaurant. Chinatown is easily accessible by public transportation on the CTA Red and Green lines, buses, taxi, Divvy bikes and there are two Chinatown parking lots for your convenience.  For information on our one-hour walking tours of Chinatown or recommendations on where to eat or shop, contact us at or call 312-326-5320. 

Position Available

The Chinatown Chamber of Commerce is seeking to hire a Full-Time Operations Manager.  Responsibilities include oversight of various Chamber events and projects; maintaining relations with the Board of Directors and other community leaders; maintenance of Chamber website; managing technology resources; providing administrative support; communicating with visitors in person and via telephone to resolve inquiries; liaison to local and mainstream media; other responsibilities.  Chinese language skills a plus. To inquire, please contact including "Operations Manager Position" in the subject line.



Chicago Helicopter Experience Holiday Lights Tours

Chicago Helicopter Experience is celebrating the holiday season from 11/27-1/3 with special helicopter tours!  The tours will feature stunning views of the city's beautiful skyline lit up with holiday lights along the Magnificent Mile, Zoolights at Lincoln Park Zoo and at Millennium Park.  For more information, go to

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Winter Rate Specials valid from December until February 29th, 2016.

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