December 2016 Newsletter

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce E-News

December 2016 Edition


As 2016 comes to an end, we look back at a year filled with many exciting events and activities throughout our neighborhood. Chicago's Chinatown continues to be viewed as one of the Chinatowns in the country which continues to expand and develop. We look foward to this continuing in 2017 and bringing even more events throughout the year!

Have a safe and Happy New Year Eve! Remember, Don't Drink and Drive. The CTA will offer free bus and train rides on New Year's Eve. The free rides will run from 10:00 PM on December 31st until 4:00 AM on January 1st.


Chinatown Business Luncheon

The Chamber hosted a Chinatown Business Luncheon on December 15th and was honored to have Dr. Theresa Mah, newly elected State Representative 2nd District Illinois as our featured speaker. Dr. Mah spoke on Diversified Assets Developing Social, Cultural and Political Capital in Immigrant Communities. The Chamber also presented Dragon Boat Race for Literacy donations to local schools and organizations to support their literacy programs John C. Haines Elementary SchoolRobert Healy Elementary SchoolProject VISIONPui Tak Christian SchoolMark Sheridan Math & Science AcademySitStayReadSt. Therese Chinese Catholic School and James Ward Elementary School.     

Stay tuned for more information about our next Chinatown Business Luncheon in March 2017 with featured speaker David Whitaker, President and CEO of Choose Chicago.                       




Holiday Shopping and Dining in Chinatown

Even though Christmas is over, you can still take advantage of special offers at merchants and restaurants in Chinatown!  Look for more offers in the coming months!

Modern Luxury Magazine features Chicago Chinatown

Chinatown is featured in Modern Luxury Magazine's December 2016 issue of its Chicago City Guide. View the full issue at

Chinese Lunar New Year – Year of the Rooster

The Chinese Lunar New Year – Year of the Rooster takes place on January 28, 2017. The Chamber has compiled a list of exciting activities happening throughout the city. View the list at There will be more events added as we learn about them. Be sure to check out our website and social media pages frequently! Some of the events include the Chamber's Lunar New Year Dinner on February 9th, 2017, Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade on February 5th, 2017, Chinese New Year Dumpling Making Dinner, Chinese New Year Concert at the Chinatown Library and more!

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce 2017 Lunar New Year Dinner | February 9, 2017

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce will host its 2017 Lunar New Year Dinner – Year of the Rooster at Phoenix Restaurant located 2131 S. Archer Ave., Chicago, IL 60616. Traditional New Year dishes will be served at the dinner. The evening starts off with a traditional lion dance, then the US Postal Service will dedicate its 2017 Lunar New Year of the Rooster Stamp. There will be a raffle draw with "Lai See" (Red Envelope) prizes, entertainment and more. Tickets are $75 per person and available online at For more information please call 312-326-5320 or email

Event sponsorships are available and we are seeking raffle donations. Please complete form(s) and return to the Chamber by January 20th.

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 in Chinatown Square 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, Fall/Winter Chicago Visitor Guide, Fall/Winter Travel Illinois, CTA Bus & Rail Map, RTA System Map, Where Chicago Magazine and Maps, Where Epicure Chicago, Fashion Outlets of Chicago Information, Chicago Helicopter Experience Brochure, information on Chinatown Tours and more!



Welcome to our new Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce Members!

‚ÄčMember Spotlight – Scanwell Logistics

Scanwell Logistics, Inc. was founded in 1981 and headquartered in Hong Kong with the Chicago location being established in 1986. They have grown to over 60 offices worldwide which includes more than 200 partnering agents and 3,500 professionals.  They are a Logistics and Freight Forwarding company offering Global Trade Solutions and International Logistics. Find out more about Scanwell at here.

Chicago Helicopter Experience

Experience an exciting helicopter ride this weekend. Chicago Helicopter Experience has a special offer for New Year Eve and New Year Day. $125/person for Non-Private Tour and $150/person for Private Tour. You must call to book these flight specials at 312-967-8687. 


SHOP Fashion Outlet Mall of Chicago!

Head to the Fashion Outlet Mall of Chicago for your after –  holiday shopping! Visit for a listing of stores at the outlet mall and notices of sales throughout the season!

Chamber Member businesses featured in the News!


Chinese American Civic Council Essay Contest

The Chinese American Civic Council is hosting its annual Essay Contest. Deadline for submission is January 6, 2017. For more information visit

Shovel Your Sidewalks!

City of Chicago ordinance requires homeowners and business owners to shovel the sidewalks adjacent to their property. Not only is it a neighborly thing to do, failure to do so can result in a fine up to $500. For more information, visit the City of Chicago website at