February 2014 Newsletter

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce E-News

February 2014 Edition

February started out with a bang, welcoming in the Chinese Lunar New Year – Year of the Horse! The Chinatown Chamber of Commerce participated in various activities throughout month partnering with the City of Chicago and Choose Chicago to celebrate the Lunar New Year. This issue of E-News gives you an overview of these events and also includes information on upcoming exciting events coming up, including a networking event sponsored by State Farm on March 6th and the 14th Annual Dragon Boat Race on June 28th.


Lunar New Year Activities

The Chamber participated in many Lunar New Year activities celebrating the Year of the Horse:

  • Lunar New Year Celebration Dinner
  • The Chinatown Chamber of Commerce hosted its Lunar New Year Celebration Dinner on February 11, 2014. Over two hundred guests attended the dinner at Phoenix Restaurant. The evening kicked off with a Lion Dance bringing good luck to all. Our Miss Friendship Ambassadors made an appearance and provided musical performances. A delicious multi-course meal was specially prepared by Phoenix Restaurant chefs. The evening ended with raffles prizes comprised of gifts generously donated by several individuals and companies. The Chamber sincerely thanks all of the donors at the event.

  • Lunar New Year Parade
  • The 2014 Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade took place on February 2, 2014. Thousands of spectators watched floats, marching bands and other units parade down Wentworth Ave. on a bright and sunny day. The Chamber was represented by a float populated by members of its Board of Directors, the Miss Friendship Ambassadors and friends of the Chamber.

  • Choose Chicago Partnership, City-Wide Lunar New Year Activities
  • The City of Chicago and Choose Chicago launched the first ever city-wide promotion of the Chinese Lunar New Year. Events included the Lunar New Year Parade and Chamber Dinner, Redmoon Theater Event at Navy Pier, Light Projections on the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park Ice Rink and many others.

  • Lunar New Year Visits to the Chamber
  • Consul General Zhao Weiping and representatives from The Consulate General of The People’s Republic of China in Chicago visited the Chamber office on January 23, 2014.

    Representatives of the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Chicago visited the Chamber office on January 3, 2014.

  • The Chamber participated in two radio broadcasts with programming related to the Lunar New Year:

    1. Chicagoland Radio Information Service (CRIS) featured the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce during its FAACT: Building Communities ~ Strengthening Nations program on January 28, 2014, hosted by Ruth M. Fairfax Frazier. Chamber Executive Director, Sharyne Moy Tu, shared information about the Chinatown.
    2. WGN Radio 720 AM hosted the “Pot Sticker Challenge” on Lunar New Year Day, January 31, 2014. Seven Chamber Member restaurants participated in the Challenge to find the best pot sticker in Chinatown. The seven restaurants were: Cai, Hing Kee Restaurant, House of Fortune, Lao Beijing, My Place, Phoenix Restaurant and Triple Crown Restaurant. Bob Sirott, Marianne Murciano, and George and Jimmy Bannos were the judges, tasting the pot stickers. It was a hard decision, they enjoyed all of them. The winners were: #1 Cai, #2 Phoenix Restaurant, #3 My Place.
      View video . Thank you to all the restaurants that participated!

Miss Chinese International Pageant – Hong Kong

Miss Jessica Ou, our 2014 Miss Friendship Ambassador, represented the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce at the Miss Chinese International Pageant in Hong Kong on January 26, 2014. Miss Ou commented “I am so honored to be Chicago Chinatown’s 2014 Miss Friendship Ambassador. It opened up many opportunities that led to new experiences in my life. As a Chicago representative, I got the chance to participate in the 2014 Miss Chinese International Pageant in Hong Kong. It was a two-week life-changing experience. From intensive training to full day rehearsals, from shooting photos to filming promotion clips, I learned a great amount about myself and the entertainment industry. But most importantly, I made some amazing friends from all around the world and no crown can ever replace that. I want to gratefully thank the Chamber of Commerce for their full support. I will continue to represent our Chinese community and make Chicago proud.”


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

  • Yum Cha | Dim Sum Parlor
  • Lin Hoa Food Corporation
  • One on One Agent Service Corporation
  • Chinese Mutual Aid Association


Yum Cha | Dim Sum Parlor Now Hiring

Yum Cha | Dim Sum Parlor, one of our new Chamber members, is now hiring for its soon-to-be-opened restaurant located in the Lakeshore East complex between Randolph Street and Benton Place. This new 150-seat restaurant will feature a full service bar, seasonal patio dining and valet parking. Visit their website and their Facebook page for more information. All resumes and inquiries should be sent to info@yumchachicago.com.


State Farm Entrepreneurship Networking Event

FREE Event!

Join the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, State Farm and start-up leaders at Ming Hin Restaurant for an Entrepreneurship Networking event where you can learn and gain insight on how three small business owners launched and maintain successful businesses in the Greater Chicago neighborhoods.

Small Business Owners Entrepreneurship Panel

  • Insurance & Financial Services Agent, Calvin Lam
  • Swatware CEO, Laura Sanchez
  • Mobile Apps Technology Innovator, David Reynolds

Date:       Thursday March 6, 2014
Time:       5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
                (*6pm Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion)
Location: Ming Hin Restaurant
                2168 S. Archer Ave.
                Chicago, IL 60616
                Chicago’s Chinatown Community
                Appetizers and beverages will be provided
*Limited Seating, you must RSVP by March 3rd to sharyne@chicagochinatown.org

14th Annual Dragon Boat Race for Literacy

Applications are now being accepted for the 14th Annual Dragon Boat Race for Literacy which will take place on June 28, 2014 at Ping Tom Memorial Park located at 300 W. 19th Street Chicago, IL. This family friendly event is attended by thousands of participants and spectators each year. Learn more about the Dragon Boat Race and mark your calendars for an event you don’t want to miss!