July 2016 Newsletter

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce E-News

July 2016 Edition


The summer is in full swing and so are activites in Chinatown! Check our calendar for upcoming events in Chinatown. Catching Pokémon on Pokémon GO is the most popular activity this summer, and did you know the Chinatown Square Mall Plaza is a Poké Stop? Come to Chinatown before or after events and be sure to collect your Poké balls and catch Pokémon! Meanwhile, be sure to dine at over 70 restaurants and bakeries, visit 60 shops, grocery stores, and herbal stores throughout Chinatown. Many restaurants are open late in the evening – perfect for a late night snack while catching Pokémon or after singing at one of the karaoke businesses!

There are many ways to get here! Both Red and Green Line CTA L train stations are located within walking distance of Chinatown. Several Divvy bike stations can be found in the neighborhood. Various CTA bus lines serve the neighborhood and the Chicago Water Taxi docks at Ping Tom Memorial Park. New water taxi schedules are available at the Chamber office. Stop by and pick one up!

Free Screening of My Life in China and Q&A discussion with Kenneth Eng, Director and Filmmaker 

Plan to attend a free screening of My Life in China, a documentary film directed by Kenneth Eng on Saturday, July 30th from 4-6 pm at the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago or on Monday, August 1st from 6-8 pm at the Pui Tak Center. This film follows Kenneth Eng's journey with his father to the family's home village in Taishan. It also talks about the sacrifices made when his father left China. Many immigrants will be able to relate to this story. The director will be present after each screening for Q&A sessions. Due to limited seating at the museum, please RSVP for the July 30th showing at 312-949-1000 or office@ccamuseum.org. No need to register for the second showing.

View trailer at https://vimeo.com/161994736.

Learn about Kenneth Eng, filmmaker at http://www.pbs.org/pov/blog/povdocs/2016/05/america-reframed-unfiltered-kenneth-eng-and-self-realization-through-documentary/.


Free Summer Events in Chinatown at Ping Tom Memorial Park

It's been a busy summer at Ping Tom Memorial Park this year! The Chicago Philharmonic performed on June 18th, Movies in the Parks featuring Jurassic World was held on July 15th and the Yin He Dance Company (also featured at our 2016 Dragon Boat Race for Literacy) performed at the park on July 21st

On August 5th from 6-8 pm, Tsukasa Taikothe popular Midwest ensemble of Japanese Taiko drumming will be performing at the pavilion structure in the park. This group recently performed at the Chinatown Summer Fair. Learn more at http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/Tsukasa-Taiko-at-Ping-Tom/.

Put your dancing shoes on and head to Chinatown on August 11th and September 8th from 6-9 pm for Chicago Summer Dance in the Parks featuring Salsa, Mambo, Bachata and East Coast Swing at the Pavilion in Ping Tom Memorial Park! The Chicago Water Taxi will drop you off right at the pavilion to enjoy an evening of dance instruction followed by 2 hours of live music where patrons can show-off their newly learned dance moves. Learn more about these Summer Dance events at http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_summerdance.html.

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks is coming to Ping Tom Memorial Park on August 14th at 4 pm! This 75-minute family-friendly performance of TWELFTH NIGHT is a romantic comedy about mistaken identity and unlikely love. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic basket and enjoy the performance. For more information and a full schedule of performances, visit https://www.chicagoshakes.com/plays_and_events/parks2016.



Visitor Information and Guides Available at the Chamber Office

Not sure what to do when you are in Chicago?  Be sure to stop by the Chamber office 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, Choose Chicago Visitor Guide, Travel Illinois, CTA Bus & Rail Map, RTA System Map, Wendella Boat Tours, Chicago Water Taxi, Where Chicago Magazine and Maps, Where Epicure Chicago, Chicago Helicopter Experience Brochure, information on Chinatown Tours and more! 

Explore Chinatown!  One-Hour Landmark Walking Tour 

Are you new to Chicago, have visitors in town, or a local who has not visited Chicago's Chinatown? Well, you are in luck! The Chinatown Chamber of Commerce's walking tour is a great way to start your cultural adventure. Experience and learn about traditional Chinese culture from our local tour guide. Cost per person is $10. Space is limited and subject to availability. Group tours are available. To learn more or reserve your spot, contact us at info@chicagochinatown.org or call 312-326-5320.



Ahjoomah's Apron Special – 30% LATE DINNER

Take 30% OFF ENTIRE dine-in bill

Thursday – Saturday | 10 PM – 1:30 AM

Valid until July 31, 2016. Dine-in only, offer can be revoked at anytime without further notice.

St. Barbara Elementary School

Chamber member, St. Barbara Elementary School is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year. For more information, contact 312-326-6243.


Welcome to our New Members!


009th District National Night Out

The 009th District Chicago Police Department will be hosting its annual National Night Out event on August 2, 2016 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Fuller Park located at 341 West 45th Street.  Enjoy refreshments, music, games, face painting, dancing and more! Free information will be available on identity theft, domestic violence, safe schools and upcoming CAPS Beat meetings.  For more information, contact 312-747-3501.

Asian Health Coalition presents Play Street in the Armour Square Neighborhood 8/6, 8/20, 9/3

The Armour Square Play Street is a pop-up play space for local community residents located on West 24th Place between Princeton and Wentworth across from Sun Yat-Sen Playlot. Children and their families can come together, be safe, and get active through fun healthy play! Learn more at http://www.asianhealth.org/news-events/upcoming-events/.

Chinese American Civic Council presents the Miss Chicago Chinatown Pageant 2016

On August 13, 2016 at 5:30 pm, several beautiful contestants will vie for the title of Miss Chicago Chinatown 2016 at Furama Restaurant located at 2828 S. Wentworth Avenue in Chicago. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.caccchicago.org/.

009th District CAPS Meetings Schedule

The 009th District Chicago Police Department Beat 914 CAPS Meetings are held every 4th Wednesday of the month at the Chinatown Library located at 2100 S. Wentworth 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.