March 2016 Newsletter

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce E-News

March 2016 Edition

Spring has sprung! Flowers and trees are blooming and the Chicago Water Taxi resumes their Chinatown service on weekends beginning April 2nd and weekdays beginning May 31st


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

The Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce will host the 2016 Dragon Boat Race for Literacy on June 25, 2016 at Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown. The Chinese dragon boat race dates back to over 2,000 years and is a popular sport in Chinese and Asian communities around the world. Over 10,000 visitors and participants attended the 2015 event which featured dragon boat races, children's activities, dance and musical performances, free Chinatown trolley rides and more. Applications are now being accepted for dragon boat teams to participate in the race. Sponsorship packages and vendor booth applications are also available. For more information about the race and to sign up for a team, vendor booth or sponsorship package visit our website at The deadline to submit your application and payment is Friday, April 29, 2016.

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

Join the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce on April 27, 2016, at Lee Wing Wah Restaurant, to hear from our invited speaker and special guest, Cory M. Jobe, Director of the Illinois Office of Tourism. Appointed last year to his position, Mr. Jobe leads the state's tourism industry and works to promote visitor travel both domestically and internationally. Listen to him talk about the economic power of tourism and the impact the industry has on Chinatown Chicago and the State of Illinois. Hear what he has to say about his office's domestic and international marketing efforts, including the state's latest overseas initiatives in China.

To purchase tickets online, go to 

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

Proposal for a Special Service Area (SSA) in Chinatown
Community Meetings: Tuesday, April 19 at 1:00 pm |
Tuesday, April 26 at 6:00 pm
Pui Tak Center | 2216 S. Wentworth Ave. | 3rd Floor Assembly Hall

The Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce has proposed a SSA in Chinatown to create a clean, beautiful, and marketable community that will appeal to residents, businesses and visitors. A volunteer commission of SSA taxpayers will oversee the funding of such services, and meetings of the SSA are open to the public. Enabled by an Illinois State Statute, SSA programs in the City of Chicago are administered by the City of Chicago's Department of Planning and Development. There are 53 SSAs in Chicago from Roseland to Rogers Park, the Loop to Humboldt Park. Visit for more information on the proposal.

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 to pick up visitor information or to ask our staff about Chinatown and what it has to offer.

Publications available include: Choose Chicago Visitor Guide, Travel Illinois, CTA Bus & Rail Map, RTA System Map, Where Chicago Magazine and Maps, Where Epicure Chicago, Chicago Helicopter Experience Brochure, Asian Pop-Up Cinema Schedule, information on Chinatown Tours and more!

Chinatown Clean and Green Days

As a part of the Chinatown Vision Plan, in an effort to enhance and maintain the beauty of Chinatown, Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce is organizing local students and residents to take part in the citywide Clean and Green Day on Saturday, April 16, 2016. Just in time for spring, planters located throughout Chinatown will be populated with beautiful flowers and evergreens. Graffiti and papers will be removed from lamp posts and poles. 

In addition to Clean-Up Day, volunteers will gather in Chinatown on Saturday, April 23rd, in observance of Earth Day in Chicago, to clean up Ping Tom Memorial Park located at 300 W. 19th Street from 9 am – Noon. Volunteer tasks include picking up trash, planting, gardening, mulching and more. For more information, go to



Member Spotlight – Jun Zhou Insurance Agency

Jun Zhou Insurance Agency is our featured Member Spotlight this month. Jun Zhou Insurance Agency is a public accounting firm headquartered in the Chicago Chinatown neighborhood. Learn more about the Jun Zhou Insurance Agency here.

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

Asian Pop-Up Cinema 

Asian Pop-Up Cinema is a revolving film screening program showcasing series of Asian movies (primarily in Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese & Korean language) with English subtitles during its bi-annual screen series. During its spring series which runs through May 20, 2016, several films were shown to sell-out crowds. To learn more about Asian Pop-Up Cinema, go to

Goodman Theatre

The Goodman Theatre presents two dynamic shows during its spring season. Currently showing through April 10, 2016 in the Albert Theatre is The Matchmaker.

Before the world fell in love with Hello, Dolly!, there was The Matchmaker. Cunning, crafty and thoroughly modern, Dolly Gallagher Levi knows a good catch when she sees one. So when the wealthy Horace Vandergelder hires her to find him a wife, Dolly doesn't need to look far to find his perfect mate. The Matchmaker is an uproarious romp that reminds us to embrace the unexpected in our lives. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit or call the Box Office at 312-443-3800.

Carlyle comes to the stage beginning April 2nd and runs through May 1st in the Owen Theatre. Welcome to a new era in American politics. The Republican Party is looking for a more progressive identity leading up to election season. Enter Carlyle Meyers, and ambitious African American Lawyer working for the party who agrees to share why he became a member of the GOP. The result is hilarious and startling – an insightful and bold examination of the hot-buttion racial issus facing America. Tickets start at just $10! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call the Box Office at 312-443-3800.

VanderCook College of Music

VanderCook College of Music presents The 13th Annual A Night at The Pops Concert on Saturday, April 2, 2016. This exciting event is the premiere fundraising event for VanderCook College. Every dollar raised at the Pops Concert goes directly to the Great Teachers Scholarship Fund, helping students of all financial backgrounds. For more information go to

University of Illinois at Chicago Business Workshops

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


Welcome to our New Members!



American Red Cross Smoke Alarm Installation

The American Red Cross in partnership with Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation will be installing smoke alarms and providing fire safety education to residents of Chinatown in the area surronding the Tzu Chi Foundation on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 8 am – 3 pm. See flyer for more information.