November 2016 Newsletter

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce E-News

November 2016 Edition

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! The holiday season is upon us and we give special thanks to our Chamber members, sponsors, partners, collegagues, board of directors, volunteers, community organizations and leaders, staff and especially to you, our readers, who support the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce throghout the year. You've been there to help us celebrate our Chinese culture and traditions including our Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy, Annual Gala, Lunar New Year Dinner and more. We look foward to you visiting Chinatown during the holiday seasons, particularly this weekend during Small Business Saturday to purchase at our many gift, herbal and grocery stores and dine at the many regional restaurants throughout Chinatown.

Chinatown is easily accessible from all areas of the city by CTA Red and Green rail lines and buses. Don't miss riding the "Holiday Train" on the CTA Red Line featuring Santa and his Elves! View the Holiday Train Schedule at http:www.transitchicago.com/holidaytrain/ as you travel to Chinatown to shop and dine!

CHAMBER NEWS

34th Annual Chinatown Chamber of Commerce Gala – NEW FACES, NEW PLACES

Over four-hundred guests gathered at the Hilton Chicago Hotel to celebrate the Chamber's 34th Annual Gala – New Faces New Places on November 7th. We were honored to have Judy Hsu from ABC7 News as our emcee extraordinaire for the evening's activities. Chicago Chinatown's recent and upcoming developments were highlighted during the event. Guests were treated to a festive evening featuring an exciting fashion show with beautiful traditional and trending fashions from China and talented performances by singers Yiji Zhang and Song Yu Liu. Thank you to Luxy Bridal for assisting with the planning and execution of the fashion show. Also, thank you to our Miss Friendship Ambassadors Kelly Yee-Uchima, Jessica Kung and Victoria Ng who walked the runway along with Christine Vi, Tod Tatsui, Fiama Gaitan, Clare Lee, Kim Nguyen and Vaidehi Patel. They were fabulous! Special recognition go to our generous event sponsors and raffle prizes donors who made out event the success it was! View the Annual Gala webpage with photo gallery at https://chicagochinatown.org/34th-annual-gala-new-faces-new-places/.                                                                         

Event Sponsors: Title Sponsor – Chinatown Parking Corporation; Platinum Sponsors – Ameristar Casino & Hotel, Comcast, Dalcamo Funeral Home, Golden Country Oriental Food, Horseshoe Casino, Mercy Hospital & Medical Center; Gold Sponsors-21st Century-U.S. Sino Services Inc., ADG, American Family Insurance, American Metro Bank, Chiu Quon Bakery & Dim Sum, Cathay Bank, Culver Duck, Great Lakes Poultry, Kam Liu Realty, Lakeside Bank, Pacific Global Bank, Phoenix Bean, R.M. Chin & Associates, SP+, US Bank; Fashion Show Sponsor-Chicago Chinatown Community Foundation; Photobooth Sponsor – Chiu Quon Bakery & Dim Sum; In-Kind Sponsors-Luxy Bridal, Mariano's.

Chinatown Business Luncheon featuring Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth

As part of the Chamber's Chinatown Business Luncheon Series, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth was the featured speaker on October 11, 2016 at MingHin Cuisine. Congressswoman Duckworth talked about the various initiatives she has been involved in her role including her work with veterans and the Asian communities.

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti Visit to Chinatown Chamber

The Chamber was honored to be visited by Illinois Lieutenant Governnor Sanguinetti on October 3, 2016 at the Chamber office. The Lieutenant Governor and Chamber board members discussed community issues, including access to healthcare, education and economic development.

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 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 it has to offer.

Publications available include Chinatown Visitors Guide, NEW Fall/Winter Chicago Visitor Guide, NEW Fall/WinterTravel Illinois, CTA Bus & Rail Map, RTA System Map, Where Chicago Magazine and Maps, Where Epicure Chicago, Fashion Outlets of Chicago Information, Chicago Helicopter Experience Brochure, information on Chinatown Tours and more!

MEMBER NEWS

Welcome to our new Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce Members!

‚ÄčExperience A Christmas Carol at Goodman Theatre          
November 19 – December 31, 2016

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with A Christmas Carol – Chicago's favorite holiday tradition! "There's no better way to get into the holiday spirit" (Chicago Sun-Times) than by experiencing the joy of Charlies Dickens' timeless tale. With glorious music, dazzling costumes and more spectacular stage magic than ever, A Chrstimas Carol is the perfect way to make memories your friends and family with cherish for years to come. Visit www.GoodmanTheatre.org/Carol or call 312-443-3800 and get your tickets today!

Asian Pop-Up Cinema Season III is Wrapping Up

Asian Pop-Up Cinema presents its Closing Night FIlm "Round Trip Heart" and Reception on December 4, 2016 at the Wilmette Theatre. This Japanese film is a heartfelt romantic comedy with English subtitles. Film director Yuki Tanada will be in attendance. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to http://www.asianpopupcinema.org/round-trip-heart.

Blue Man Group celebrates its 25th Anniversary!

For 25 years, Blue Man group has entertained audiences with its combination of music, technology and comedy appealing to people of all ages. For more information and to purchase tickets visit http://www.blueman.com/chicago/about-show

SHOP Fashion Outlet Mall of Chicago

Head to the Fashion Outlets of Chicago for your holiday shopping! Be sure to stop by our office and grab a voucher for a free 7-day trial of their Green Savings Card, worth over $800 in savings. Visit http://www.fashionoutletsofchicago.com/ for a listing of stores at the outlet mall and notices of sales throughout the season!

Chinatown Restaurants featured in the News!

OTHER NEWS

Bank of America Chicago Marathon Sunday, October 9, 2016

Hundreds of spectators descended into Chinatown on October 9th to cheer on participants in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. As one of the 29 neighborhoods on the Marathon route, Chinatown is one of the runner's favorite spots. They were greeted with festive activities at the Chinatown Gateway at the intersection of Cermak and Wentworth which is located at approximately Mile 21.6. The Chamber hosted its own Cheering Section at 22nd and Wentworth.

   

Bernada "Bernie" Wong Way Street Sign Unveiling October 24, 2016

In celebration of Bernie Wong's retirement and four-decade commitment to the Chinese American Service League, a street sign at the corner of Princeton Avenue and Tan Court was unveiled on October 24th. Various dignitaries and community leaders joined the celebration speaking fondly of the many accomplishments Bernie has achieved.