September 2015 Newsletter

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce E-News

September 2015 Edition


Chamber News

2015-2016 Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors!  The Inaugural Dinner took place on September 9th at Lao Sze Chuan Restaurant on Michigan Avenue.  View our Board of Directors page at

Business Seminar: What the Healthcare Law Means For Your Small Business & The Self-Employed

Chinatown Chamber of Commerce in partnership with The Small Business Majority will be hosting a Free Business Seminar "What the Healthcare Law Means For Your Small Business & The Self-Employed" on Thursday September 24, 2015 at the Chamber Office.  To reserve your seat, go to

33rd Anniversary Gala and Miss Friendship Ambassador Pageant

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and TVB (USA) will be hosting the 33rd Anniversary Gala and Miss Friendship Ambassador Pageant on November 1, 2015 from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm at the Hilton Chicago Hotel. This event will feature Nancy Loo, WGN-TV as emcee. This event will include pageant activities, music and cultural performances and a raffle draw with over 100 prizes.  For more information and to purchase event tickets go to Sponsorship opportunities are available, please contact us by phone at 312-326-5320 or email us at

Chinatown Business Luncheon featuring UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis – August 26, 2015

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Chancellor Michael Amiridis was the featured speaker at the Chamber’s Business Luncheon on August 26th at Phoenix Restaurant. Over 100 guests attended the luncheon to hear Chancellor Amiridis speak about how UIC is committed to working closely with the city, and developing relationships with its institutions, local government, services and strong community organizations such as the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce. 

Business Obligations Under the New Disability Rights Regulation of the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance 

On August 20, 2015, representatives from the Chicago Commission on Human Relations presented information at the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce regarding the new disability rights regulation enacted by the Chicago Commission on Human Relations. This new regulation will take effect on 1/1/2016. It is important that all businesses in Chicago are familiar with the new regulation and prepare to comply by January 1, 2016. An overview of the new regulation, which was distributed at the presentation, is available in English and Chinese. This document is for informational purposes only and is not inclusive of the new regulation provisions. It is not meant as a form of legal advice. If you have any questions, please contact the Chicago Commission on Human Relations at 312-744-4111. 

DePaul University Class Visit

Students and faculty from DePaul University's Discover Chicago: Chicago Business & Society Class visited Chinatown on September 2nd as a part of their class curriculum. The students were given a tour of Chinatown and learned about how the Chamber operates and it's relationship with businesses in the neighborhood.

Explore Chinatown!  One Hour 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 great way to start your cultural adventure.  Experience and learn about traditional Chinese culture from our local tour guide.  Tours are scheduled on Fridays at 10:00 am. Cost per person is $10. Space is limited.  Group tours available. To learn more or reserve your spot contact us at or call 312-326-5320.

Job Opportunity

The Chinatown Chamber of Commerce is seeking to hire a Full-Time Operations Manager.  Responsibilities include oversight of various Chamber events and projects;  maintainence of Chamber website; managing technology resources; providing administrative support and other responsibilities.  Chinese language skills are a plus. To inquire, please contact indicating "Operations Manager Position" in the subject line. 

Chicago Marathon 

The Chamber will be hosting a cheering section in Chinatown during the Chicago Marathon on October 11, 2015.  If you are interested, please send an email to


Asian Pop-Up Cinema

Join Asian Pop-Up Cinema in it's inaugural season. This innovative year round film festival will showcase Asian films (w/ English subtitles) at AMC River East 21 Chicago and at the Wilmette Theatre starting this fall. Opening night on September 16th featured a Welcome Reception at Lao Sze Chuan – Michigan Avenue and a screening of WOMEN WHO FLIRT at AMC River East 21. Several other films will screen through December 2015. For more information, go to

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group Chicago is offering Chinatown Chamber of Commerce friends and supporters a special $20 off tickets to their performances through December 24, 2015. For more information go to Be sure to see the show, it’s fantastic!

Marquette Bank’s Community Meet & Greet: Business Networking Event

UIC Workshops

New Members

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

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Member Spotlight

The month of September features: Chicago Water Taxi. 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 Branch Library Grand Opening

The new Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library was officially opened on Saturday, August 29th. This new state-of-the-art facility features early learning space designed for children birth to age 5; Chinese heritage collection of materials about art, astrology, culture and history of the Chinese-American Experience; programs and services for children, teens and adults and more.  Be sure to visit this beautiful new building located at 2353 S. Wentworth at the corner of Wentworth and Archer Avenues just a few steps away from the CTA Red Line Cermak Station.


Chinatown Night Market – September 19, 2015, 5:00 – 10:00 PM