February 2016 Newsletter

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce E-News

February 2016 Edition

Happy Chinese New Year of the Monkey!

The Year of the Monkey has started off with a bang! Firecrackers were set off throughout the city to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck to everyone in the new year. The Chinatown Chamber of Commerce hosted its Chinese Lunar New Year Dinner on February 16th during which the US Postal Service officially dedicated its 2016 Year of the Monkey Stamp. Thousands of visitors to Chinatown braved the cold, wind and snow to watch the Chinese New Year Parade on February 14th. See Lunar New Year photos on our website photo gallery at https://chicagochinatown.org/pic-gallery/.


Chinatown Business Luncheon featuring Cory Jobe, Director – Illinois Office of Tourism
April 27, 2016 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | Lee Wing Wah Restaurant, Chicago

Cory Jobe, Director of Illinois Office of Tourism, will be the featured speaker at the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce's next Chinatown Business Luncheon scheduled on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 11:30 AM. The luncheon will take place at Lee Wing Wah Restaurant located at 2147 S. China Place – 2FL. Mr. Jobe willl discuss the economic power of tourism and the impact it has on Chicago and the State of Illinois. He will also talk about his office's international marketing efforts, including China, a major trading partner with Illinois.

To purchase tickets online, go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2515363 .

Member price – $15.00
Non-Member price – $20.00
No Refunds


16th Annual Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy
Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Ping Tom Memorial Park

SAVE THE DATE! Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce will host the 16th Annual Chicago Dragon Race for Literacy on June 25, 2016 at Ping Tom Memorial Park. Last year, over 10,000 visitors watched 30 dragon boat teams race on the Chicago River. First place went to Team United Sky Dragons GS – United Airlines. In a very close race, Grainger Dragons won Second Place and Third Place was Pan Pepsi – PepsiCo. Learn more about the 2015 Dragon Boat Race for Literacy at https://chicagochinatown.org/2015-chicago-dragon-boat-race-literacy/.

2016 Dragon Boat Team Applications will be available on the Chamber website March 15th at https://chicagochinatown.org/2016-chicago-dragon-boat-race-literacy/. Note that due to increased interest in participating as a dragon boat team, only ONE Team Application will be accepted per organization/company. Event sponsorship packages and Exhibitor Booth Forms will also be available for submission in March. 



Member Spotlight

Chicago Wolves is our featured Member Spotlight this month. The Chicago Wolves Hockey Team is a part of the American Hockey League and plays home games at the Allstate Arena. Learn more about the Chicago wolves here.

To view previous member spotlights, please visit our Member Spotlight page.

Asian Pop-Up Cinema – Upcoming Season

As it enters its second year, the bi-annual screen series Asian Pop-Up Cinema, expands on the dynamic range of cinematic treasures that pleased audiences and critics alike in the fall of 2015. Between February 17 – May 20, 2016, an array of award-winning and star studded Asian language films from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam and Thailand will be shown in Chicago, some for the first time. To learn more about Asian Pop-Up Cinema, go to http://www.asianpopupcinema.org/.


ComEd has launched a new CARE program which provides assistance to help eligible customers pay their electric bills. For more information on this program visit https://www.comed.com/customer-service/assistance-programs/pages/default.aspx.

Jaslin Hotel – Opening Spring 2016

Jaslin Hotel, located at 261 W. Cermak Road is putting on the finishing touches for its planned opening in Spring 2016. It is located in Chicago's famous Chinatown and steps from McCormick Place, the South Loop and ample public transportation. Learn more about Jaslin Hotel at http://www.jaslinhotel.com/.

Justine Zhou Agency

Justine Zhou Agency is a one stop shop for all insurance, accounting and real estate needs. They are located at 2153B S. China Place, and 200 E Randolph St Suite 5100. For a limited time, they are offering a 10% discount for personal tax returns for 1st time clients only.  Contact their office at (312) 808-1810 for further information.

Lee Wing Wah Remodeling


Lee Wing Wah has remodeled its second floor dining room which will be the location of our Chinatown Business Luncheon on April 27th featuring Cory Jobe, Director of Illinois Office of Tourism. They are open for business while their first floor is being remodeled which will be completed in a few weeks.

Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot – Chicago

Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot located at 2342 S. Wentworth Avenue celebrated its grand opening last week. Hot pot, a traditional Inner Mongolian cuisine, is served in a metal pot filled with a steaming aromatic broth which guests place their selection of meats, crisp vegetables, seafood and noodles into the broth. Be sure to try Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot during your next visit to Chinatown!

Platinum Wealth – Maximizing Your Social Security Seminar
March 3, 2016 in Oak Brook, IL

Platinum Wealth will be hosting “Maximizing Your Social Security” on March 3rd in Oak Brook. The seminar will cover topics such as Social Security updates and strategies to help you prepare for your financial future. 

Please click on the link "Access Here for Your Information" to see the invitation for this program. 

University of Illinois at Chicago Business Workshops

The University of Illinois at Chicago will be hosting several free workshops in March and April 2016.

Welcome to our New Members!



CTA Art at Cermak-Chinatown Red Line Station
Overlapping Connections by Indira Freitas Johnson, Artist


Overlapping Connections is a welcome sign as CTA Red Line riders exit the Cermak-Chinatown station at Wentworth Avenue. The design incorporates a variety of universal symbols found in the paper cutout craft traditions of numerous cultures including Chinese and Mexican. The centerpiece of the upper panel features the Chinese character symbolizing good fortune or happiness. According to custom, it is placed upside down and against a diamond-shaped background. Within the context of the stationhouse stairway, this can be translated as "good fortune arrives". Together, the upper and lower panels create a lively dialogue through the repetition of geometric shapes, organic forms and bold colors.

The Unlikey Boom of Chicago's Chinatown – Next City Article

“As gentrification and changing cultural preferences wipe out urban Chinatowns across the U.S., a model for survival is being proven in the heartland.” – Anna Clark

Read the rest of the article here.