February 2017 Newsletter

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce E-News

February 2017 Edition

The Year of the Rooster was ushered in with many different festivities throughout the month. Thousands of visitors traveled to Chinatown to watch the Chinese Lunar New Year Parade on a warm and beautiful February day. Quite a contrast to last years' snowstorm! Chinatown and the City of Chicago celebrated in grand style!


Chinatown Business Luncheon featuring David Whitaker, President and CEO Choose Chicago

On Tuesday March 7th, the Chamber will be hosting its next Chinatown Business Luncheon featuring David Whitaker, President and CEO Choose Chicago at Evergreen Restaurant located at 2411 South Wentworth Avenue. Mr. Whitaker will be speaking on "What's New in Chicago?" To learn more and to purchase tickets online visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2769816.

Chicago Business Tax Workshop

The Chinatown Chamber hosted a Chicago Business Tax Workshop in partnership with the City of Chicago's Department of Finance on February 21, 2017. Attendees learned about the Checkout Bag Tax which became effective February 1, 2017, in addition to the City's Use and Restaurant taxes. Tax information and forms can be found at www.cityofchicago.org/finance. For questions, please contact the Department of Finance at RevenueDatabase@cityofchicago.org or 312-747-4747.


Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce 2017 Chinese Lunar New Year Dinner

The Chamber's Lunar New Year Dinner was held on February 9th at the Phoenix Restaurant. The event attracted over 270 attendees from the Chicagoland area, Tennessee, Indiana, Iowa and China! Double-lions danced throughout the restaurant greeting the crowd and bringing good fortune to all. We were honored to have Governor Bruce Rauner, Cook County President Tony Preckwinkle, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs, Illinois State Representative 2nd District Theresa Mah, in addition to many more special guests attend the dinner. David Clark from the US Postal Service officially dedicated the 2017 Lunar New Year of the Rooster Stamp. A twelve-course traditional Chinese New Year feast was specially prepared by Phoenix chefs and award winning singers Yiji Zhang and Peiyuan Yu performed Chinese and English tunes.

Thank you to our generous sponsors whose support helped make the event a huge success! Platinum Sponsors: Fashion Outlets of Chicago, Rivers Casino; Gold Sponsors: AT&T, Lakeside Bank; and In-Kind Sponsor Moody Tongue Brewery who donated two of their products-Applewood Gold and Sliced Nectarine IPA. Try them out, they pair well with Chinese food! Also thank you to our silent auction prize donors Chicago Water Taxi, Garrett Popcorn, Hugo's Frog Bar & Chop House Des Plaines. And a big thank you to our raffle and gift bag donors, there were over 40 valuable prizes! February 16, 2018 marks the beginning of the Year of the Dog. Be sure to celebrate with us next year!

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2017 Chinese Lunar New Year Parade – Sunday February 5, 2017

Thousands of visitors descended upon Chinatown to celebrate the Year of the Rooster. There were firecrackers, dragons and lions dancing, marching bands, beautiful floats, martial arts demonstrations, dancers and even the Shannon Rovers! View video of the parade.

Univision Chicago TV's LAnzate Show Featured Chicago's Chinatown during Chinese Lunar New Year

Univision Chicago featured Chicago's Chinatown and Chinese Lunar New Year activities in the city during a special segment of the LAnzate Show on January 31, 2017.

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 is has to offer.


Publications available include: Chinatown Visitors Guide, Choose Chicago 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, Chicago Helicopter Experience, Asian Pop-Up Cinema Season IV Catalog, information on Chinatown Tours and more!


Choose Chicago as your next travel destination! Check out this video showing highlights of the city and view Choose Chicago's Official Visitors Guide here.


Welcome to our new Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce Members!

  • Daebak Korean BBQ – Located at 2017 S. Wells Street 2nd Floor in Chinatown Square OPENING SOON!

‚ÄčMember Spotlight

This month's Member Spotlight features Hino. learn more about them at www.Hino.com.

AT&T Flagship Store Celebrated Chinese Lunar New Year

Chamber member AT&T hosted a full day of activities at its Flagship Store located at 600 N. Michigan Avenue celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year Lantern Festival. Children as well as adults enjoyed designing their own Chinese lanterns and practicing calligraphy. The Chinatown Dragons performed lion dances throughout the day as well as traditional Chinese dancing by the Yin He Dance Company and musical performances by Andy Lin. Be sure to check out other events at the AT&T Flagship Store at https://www.facebook.com/ATTMichiganAve/.


Asian Pop-Up Cinema announces its Season IV Schedule

Asian Pop-Up Cinema begins Season IV on March 1st with its Opening Night feature film Survival Family at 7:00 pm at AMC River East 21. Director Shinobu Yaguchi will be in attendance participating in "Conversation with the Director" segment moderated by Mark Schilling, film critic from the Japan Times Tokyo and expert in Japanese cinema. Learn more about the film and purchase tickets at http://www.asianpopupcinema.org/survival-family.

Asian Pop-Up Cinema Season IV Catalog

Chamber Member businesses featured in the News!


Employment Opportunities

Chicago South Loop Hotel is seeking candidates for two positions: Hotel Sales Manager and Hotel Sales Coordinator

State Farm Insurance – Jessica Sung Agency is seeking Insurance and Financial Services Account Representatives

Chinese-American Museum of Chicago presents Film Screening of Spilled Water

Reserve your tickets for the film screening of Spilled Water on Saturday March 18, 2017 at 2 pm at the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago. There will be a special appearance by Director May May Tchao. To purchase tickets visit here.

9th District CAPS Meetings Schedule

The 9th District Chicago Police Department Beat 914 CAPS Meetings will be held every 4th Wednesday of the month at the Chinatown Library located at 2100 S. Wetnworth 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.