March 2017 Newsletter

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce E-News

March 2017 Edition

Spring is coming! Flower and trees are beginning to bloom and the Chicago Water Taxi resumes their Chinatown service on weekends beginning April 1, 2017.


2017 Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy | June 24, 2017 Ping Tom Memorial Park

The Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce will host the 2017 Dragon Boat Race for Literacy on June 24, 2017 at Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown. The Chinese dragon boat race dates back 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 2016 event which featured the races, children's activities, dance and musical performances, free Chinatown trolley rides and more.

*Note that all 2017 dragon boat team positions have been filled. Opportunities for event sponsorship and vendor booths are available. For more information, visit

Chinatown Business Luncheon Series featuring Kimberly M. Foxx, Cook County State's Attorney | April 11, 2017 | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm | Lee Wing Wah Restaurant

Join the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce on April 11, 2017, at Lee Wing Wah Restaurant, at its next Chinatown Business Luncheon with featured speaker, Kimberly Foxx, Cook County State's Attorney who will speak on public safety and criminal justice reform. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit


Save the Date! Chinatown Business Luncheon Series featuring, Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President | May 17, 2017 | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm | MingHin Cuisine Chicago

Join the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce on May 17, 2017, at MingHin Cuisine to hear from featured speaker, Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President. More information to come…

Chicago Business Luncheon March 7, 2017 featured David Whitaker, President and CEO of Choose Chicago

The Chamber hosted a Chinatown Business Luncheon on March 7, 2017 and was honored to have David Whitaker, President and CEO of Choose Chicago as our featured speaker at the Evergreen Restaurant. David Whitaker spoke on What's New in Chicago, involving upcoming developments and culture.

Illinois State University Geography Class visit

John Kostelnick, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Geography Illinois State University along with Norm Moline, Professor Emeritus of Geography Augustana College and several ISU Geography students visited the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce on March 15, 2017. They toured and dined in Chinatown and learned about the role of the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce in the community, history of the neighborhood and upcoming new developments.

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!


Asian Pop-Up Cinema Season IV

Asian Pop-Up Cinema is a revolving film screening program showcasing a series of Asian movies (primarily in Catonese, Mandarin, Japanese & Korean languages) with English subtitles.

Season IV of Asian Pop-Up Cinema runs from March 1st to May 3rd 2017, featuring 18 Contemporary Films from Asia with mixed-genres that include (1) World Premiere presentation, (3) U.S. & (5) Chicago Premieres.

Don't miss seeing the five films featured in April beginning with The Projects on April 5th! To learn more about Asian Pop-Up Cinema schedule and to purchase tickets visit

Goodman Theatre presents King of the Yees

For Lauren Yee, being a modern woman often clashes with her Chinese family's values. But when her father disappears, she must embrace her heritage for the first time in order to find him. Explore America's largest Chinatown through the eyes of a new generation in this hiliarious and heartfelt comedy.

Members and friends of the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce receive 50% off tickets to select performances of King of the Yees. Use promo CCOC at *Offer valid on main floor and mezzanine seats only. Not available on previously purchased tickets or in combination with other offers. Valid 3/31/17 – 4/14/17

360 Chicago Observation Deck – 360 Sky Series

Discover the New 360 Sky Series beginning April 1st at the 360 Chicago Observation Deck! Experience 360 Yoga, Sunday Fun Day for the Family, Tripod Mondays and more! Visit to learn more. Be sure to TILT!

‚ÄčGarrett Popcorn Job Opportunities

Looking for new exciting job opportunities in Hong Kong or Shanghai? Garrett Popcorn is hiring for Ecommerce/Corp Sales Director & Human Resources Sr. Manager, APAC positions! Interested? Visit for more information.


Chinatown Earth Day! April 29, 2017

Time to spring into spring cleaning! On April 29th from 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm. Help clean up Ping Tom Memorial Park and enjoy a free canoe ride on the Chicago River. Register for this event at

Wells-Wentworth Connector Project

The Wells-Wentworth Connector Project is underway. Wentworth Avenue between 17th – 19th Street has been widened and continues to be worked on. Buildings have been removed at Cermak and Wentworth creating an unobstructed view of Chinatown Gateway. Construction continues in the coming months. Stay tuned for more details!

31st Street CTA Bus Route

The 31st Street bus route, a pilot program which began in September 2016, will continue to be evaluated for another six months by CTA officials to determine if its service will be permanently restored. The bus will continue to operate on 31st Street between Ashland Avenue Orange Line station and 33rd  Street and King Drive through September to collect more community feedback and ridership data from the route extension. The route will extend to 31st Street Beach when it opens for the summer.