November 2015 Newsletter

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce E-News

November 2015 Edition

Happy Thanksgiving!  As we approach the holiday season, we give thanks to all of our valuable Chamber members, Board of Directors, sponsors, partners, supporters, volunteers and staff who have made 2015 a successful year for the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has hosted several events this year including its Lunar New Year Dinner, Dragon Boat Race, Chinatown Business Luncheon, workshops and recently the Annual Gala and Miss Friendship Ambassador Pageant.  We look forward to these and more in the coming year!

Time to shop for holiday gifts!  Be sure to make Chinatown one of your stops this holiday season to buy unique gifts for friends and families.  Our many stores offer Chinese clothing, trinkets, tea pots, jewelry, toys, variety of specialty teas, bakery products and more.  And, while you are here, experience dim sum, lunch or dinner at one of over 70 restaurants in the neighborhood.  Many of the restaurants are offering special pricing, so even a better reason to stay!  We look forward to seeing you in Chinatown soon!


33rd Anniversary Gala and 2015 Miss Friendship Ambassador Pageant cosponsored by TVB(USA) 

On November 1, 2015 a new Miss Friendship Ambassador was crowned at the historic Hilton Chicago Hotel. Congratulations to Kelly Yee Uchima who was chosen as our 2016 Miss Friendship Ambassador and will be representing the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce at the TVB Miss Chinese International Pageant in Hong Kong next year.  Jessica Kung was chosen as 1st Runner-Up and Victoria Ng as 2nd Runner-Up.  Christine Vi was voted by her fellow contestants as Miss Congeniality and Loriann Wang was voted as Miss Photogenic by guests attending the event.  Jamie Moy and Aileen Tie completed the contestant roster and we are very proud of ALL of them!

Emceeing the event was WGN-TV’s Emmy award-winning journalist Nancy Loo along with David Wong. All the contestants graced the stage in beautiful lace dresses, evening gowns, swimsuits and Chinese qipaos. They exhibited amazing individual talents, wowing the audience with their skill and lovely outfits.

The event would not have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors.  Thank you!
Event Title Sponsor and Official Airline Sponsor-Delta Air Lines; Platinum Sponsors-Chinatown Parking Corporation, Culver Duck, Dalcamo Funeral Home, Golden Country Oriental Food, Lakeside Bank, Mercy Hospital & Medical Center; Gold Sponsors-21st Century U.S.-Sino Services, Inc., American Family Insurance, Cathay Bank, Chiu Quon Bakery & Dim Sum, Great Lakes Poultry, Kam L. Liu Realty & Insurance, King Wah, MetLife, Pacific Global Bank, Phoenix Bean, R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc., SP+, State Farm-Mark Yun, The Tom Family, US Bank, Wendy Cheng; Event Tote Sponsor-Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office of New York; Table Centerpiece Sponsor-McGrath Lexus of Chicago; Contestant Sponsors-Athena Design Group, American Metro Bank, Chiu Quon Bakery & Dim Sum, Golden Country Oriental Food, Lakeside Bank, Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, Northern Trust.

Thank you to our generous raffle prize donors who provided one hundred valuable items to our successful event. Congratulations to our winners! If you have not claimed your prize, be sure to bring your winning ticket to the Chamber. Winning numbers list.

For more information about the Gala/Pageant and to view the photo gallery of images from the event, visit our website at

Chinatown Business Luncheon Featuring Don Bacigalupi, Ph.D., Founding President of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art 

Don Bacigalupi, Ph.D., Founding President of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be the featured speaker during the Chamber’s Chinatown Business Luncheon on Wednesday December 16th at The Phoenix Restaurant located at 2131 S. Archer Avenue from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.  Mr. Bacigalupi will speak on “Building the 21st Century Museum”.  Tickets can be purchased on line at

WTTW11 Premiers Chicago's South Side

On Monday, November 30th at 7:30 pm, WTTW11 will be premiering its new program titled Chicago’s South Side.  Geoffrey Baer will be sharing stories of Chicago’s South Side in a new 90-minute journey highlighting the rich history and culture of the neighborhoods south of I-55.  He will show how these neighborhoods came to be and provide a scenic and fascinating tour of the architecture and landmarks in these neighborhoods including Chinatown.  The Chinatown Chamber of Commerce’s Dragon Boat Race for Literacy and Wendella Boat Cruise are two of the featured events.  If you miss this premier, don’t worry. It will be televised again during the month of December. On Sunday, December 13th, there will be an official WTTW11 Viewing Party for Chicago's South Side program at 7:00 pm at the Triple Crown Restaurant located at 2217 S. Wentworth Avenue. Be sure to stop by and be a part of the LIVE TV broadcast celebration! Plan your dinner during the event, food is available for purchase. For more information about this program, view press release.


WTTW Host: Geoffrey Baer

Position Available

The Chinatown Chamber of Commerce is seeking to hire a Full-Time Operations Manager.  Responsibilities include oversight of various Chamber events and projects; maintaining relations with the Board of Directors and other community leaders; maintenance of Chamber website; managing technology resources; providing administrative support; communicating with visitors in person and via telephone to resolve inquiries; liaison to local and mainstream media; other responsibilities.  Chinese language skills a plus. To inquire, please contact including "Operations Manager Position" in the subject line.

Chinatown Tours

Not sure what to give your friends and family for the holidays?  Treat them to a visit to Chinatown!  Start off with an official tour of Chinatown by a Chinatown Chamber of Commerce tour guide.  After the tour, stop in the many gift shops, herbal stores, groceries and bakeries for your holiday gifts.  Dine at one of over 70 restaurants in the neighborhood for dim sum, lunch or dinner. Chinatown is easily accessible by public transportation, taxi, Divvy bikes and there are two Chinatown parking lots for your convenience.  For information on our one-hour walking tours of Chinatown or recommendations on where to eat or shop, contact us at or call 312-326-5320.  


Chicago Helicopter Experience Holiday Lights Tours

Chicago Helicopter Experience is celebrating the holiday season from 11/27-1/3 with special helicopter tours!  The tours will feature stunning views of the city's beautiful skyline lit up with holiday lights along the Magnificent Mile, Zoolights at Lincoln Park Zoo and at Millennium Park. And to make your family's ride more special, Santa will make a surprise visit every weekend throughout the holiday season to pilot the holiday lights tours so kids of all ages can fly with him and tell him their holiday wishes! For more information, go to

Learn more about Chicago Helicopter Tours on our Member Spotlight page at

Photo by @timestr3tch

Experience A Christmas Carol at Goodman Theatre

November 14 – December 27

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with A Christmas Carol—Chicago's favorite holiday tradition, now in its 38th extraordinary year!

"There's no better way to get into the holiday spirit" (Chicago Sun-Times) than experiencing the joy of Charles Dickens' timeless tale of hope and redemption – now featuring more stage magic and surprises than ever! Join Ebenezer Scrooge as he journeys through his past, present and future to discover the importance of friendship and love. Filled with jubilant musical numbers, dazzling costumes and hilarious "Bah Humbugs," A Christmas Carol delivers a spectacle-filled holiday treat" (Daily Herald).

Visit or call 312.443.3800 and get your tickets today!

Share the holiday cheer by bringing your friends and family – and SAVE on the magical experience! Group savings available for 15+. For information contact or call 312.443.3820.

Sophia's Choice presents Asian Pop-Up Cinema

Asian Pop-Up Cinema closes out its inaugural season with two upcoming films in December.  The Chicago premier of Only You, a Chinese remake of a "Tomei-Downey" romantic comedy will be featured on Wednesday December 2nd at 7:30 pm at the AMC River East 21 Theatre.  You have a chance to win one of two pairs of FREE tickets (on first come first serve basis) by emailing with subject heading: "ONLY-Chinatown". Winners will be notified through email. Tickets courtesy of "SOPHIA'S CHOICE". Trailer and more info on movie:

Closing Night, December 4th, will feature the U.S. Premier of Poison Berry In My Brain directed by Yuichi Sato.  This film will be shown at 7:00 pm at the Wilmette Theatre.

For information about these films and Sophia's Choice, go to


Blue Man Group Special Offer for Chinatown Chamber of Commerce

Blue Man Group Chicago is offering Chinatown Chamber of Commerce friends and supporters $20 off tickets to their performances through December 24, 2015.  Blue Man Group combines music, technology and comedy to create an innovative and entertaining show perfect for all ages. You must experience it for yourself! To take advantage of this offer be sure to use this link to receive your discount.


USA Today named Chamber member Ricobene’s Breaded Steak Sandwich as the “Best in the World”.  Since the article was published in March, Ricobene’s business has skyrocketed!  Read about this at 

New Members

WELCOME! To our new Chinatown Chamber of Commerce Members!  Thank you for your support and we look forward to working with you!

Member Spotlight

The month of November features: Chicago Helicoper Experience. To view our previous member spotlights, please visit our Member Spotlight Page. If you are member or interested in becoming a member and wish to be featured in our Member Spotlight, please give us a call at 312-326- 5320.


Chinatown Centennial Art Mural

The Chinatown Centennial Art Mural is scheduled to be completed at the end of November.  The two murals are located on Archer Avenue between Wentworth and Clark Streets.  Recently, a 3D dragon head was added to the mural making it even more outstanding and beautiful.  Be sure to view the mural in its final stages. 

Chinese American Civic Council Essay Contest Deadline November 20, 2015

The Chinese American Civic Council is sponsoring an essay contest for current high school seniors.  The topic is about Chicago’s Chinatown community and how it has grown since it was established in 1912.  In 500-1,000 words, applicants should answer the questions: How will you help Chinatown’s continued expansion? What will you do to inspire others to do the same?  For more information and to apply visit

You Are Beautiful Art Installation at Allen Lee Plaza

On October 30th, as part of the City of Chicago's Activate! initiative, You Are Beautiful wall murals (English and Chinese), by artist Matthew Hoffman, were installed at Allen Lee Plaza located at 2300 S. Wentworth Avenue. This project is generously sponsored by Groupon. The City of Chicago in partnership with Latent Design created this project and others around the city to transform underutilized public plazas into cultural and economic catalysts. Capitalizing on local community assets, these public spaces promote people's health, happiness and economic well-being. For more information on the Activate! initiative, visit