September 2016 Newsletter

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce E-News

September 2016 Edition

Welcome to Fall! Summer went by quickly with many activities taking place in Chinatown. We look forward to even more activities including our upcoming business luncheon, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and the Chamber's 2016 Annual Gala!

As the weather gets cooler, visit one of our many restaurants in Chinatown to enjoy Hot Pot dining, delicious noodle and dumpling soups and more!


Chinatown Business Luncheon Series Featuring Tammy Duckworth, U.S. Representative, Illinois 8th District 
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm | MingHin Cuisine

Please join us on October 11th for our next Chinatown Business Luncheon featuring Tammy Duckworth, U.S. Representative, Illinois 8th District who will speak on "Creating Jobs and Growing Local Businesses". The luncheon will take place at MingHin Cuisine located at 2168 South Archer Avenue. Tickets can be purchased online at

34th Annual Chinatown Chamber of Commerce Gala – NEW FACES, NEW PLACES
Monday, November 7, 2016 | 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm | Hilton Chicago Hotel

Mark your calendars to attend the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce's 34th Annual Gala – New Faces, New Places on Monday, November 7th at the Hilton Chicago Hotel in the Grand Ballroom located at 720 N. Michigan Avenue. We will be celebrating Chicago Chinatown's exciting new and upcoming projects which have drawn the attention of cities throughout the U.S. This year's gala will also feature an exquisite fashion show featuring Chinese QiPao dresses and trendy Chinese gowns provided by Luxy Bridal and modeled by our Miss Friendship Ambassadors and other beautiful models. There will also be a fun photobooth for you and your friends to enjoy and chances to win valuable prizes including $2,000.00 cash, 1 oz American Eagle Gold Coin, 18K Gold and Diamond Jade Pendant and more! Purchase your event tickets online at

Sponsorships, program book advertisements and raffle donations are available! Contact the Chamber at or 312-326-5320.

Bank of American Chicago Marathon


Join hundreds of spectators in Chinatown to help cheer on the 40,000 runners who will be participating in the 2016 Bank of American Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 9, 2016. This year a press conference was held in Chinatown with Race Director Carey Pinkowski and Consul General Hong Lei of the People’s Republic of China of Chicago announcing there will be a record 555 runners traveling from China to participate in this year’s race. 

As one of the 29 neighborhoods on the Marathon route, Chinatown is one of the runners' favorite spots. They will be 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 will also have a Cheering station at 22nd Place and Wentworth. Stop by and say Hello! Chinatown is easily accessible via the CTA Red and Green transit lines. You can also take the Chicago Water Taxi to Ping Tom Memorial Park which is a short walk to the Marathon Route. For more information about the Marathon visit

Concierge Tour



On September 21st, concierges from across the Chicagoland area participated in the 2016 Chinatown Concierge Lunch Tour. They were treated to a ride on the Chicago Water Taxi along the Chicago River to and from Chinatown's beautiful Ping Tom Memorial Park. The opening reception was held at the Heritage Museum of Asian Art with pastries donated by Chiu Quon Bakery. An hour-long walking tour of the nieghborhood provided important information for the concierges to bring back to their guests. Go 4 Food, Phoenix and Triple Crown restaurants served specialty dishes to all of our guests for lunch. The Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library welcomed everyone to the closing reception with a tour of the facility.

DePaul University Discover Chicago Class Visit

On September 1st, as a part of DePaul University's Immersion Week, Associate Professor Matt Ragas and his DePaul Discover Chicago: "Chicago Business & Society" class experienced various Chicago neighborhoods and institutions including Chinatown. They visited local landmarks and organizations, dined at Lao Beijing and learned about the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce during a presentation and Q&A session at the Chamber.

Sichuan, China Delegation Visit to Chinatown Chamber

Representatives from Sichuan, China visited the Chamber and conversed with some members of the Chamber's Board of Directors about Chicago Chinatown, investment opportunities and economic development in the neighborhood. Their visit to Chciago and the Chamber was very productive.

Pedals & Petals Community Nature Day and Bike Ride


The Chamber participated at the Pedals & Petals event in Ping Tom Memorial Park on September 18th. Some of the days' activities included Community Planting of over 12,000 native plants, community organizations booth area, bike ride to the Burnham Wildlife Corridor and more. A perfect weather fun day was had by all! 

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: Bank of American Chicago Marathon Route Map, Chinatown Visitors Guide, Choose Chicago Visitor Guide, Asian Pop-Up Cinema Passport to Asian Cinema, Travel Illinois, CTA Bus & Rail System Map, Chicago Water Taxi Schedules, Where Chicago Magazine and Maps, Where Epicure Chicago, Chicago Helicopter Experience Brochure, information on Chinatown Tours and more!



Moody Tongue Brewing Company

Moody Tongue Brewing Company opened in June 2014 and has quickly become on of Chicago's premier craft breweries within two years. Moody Tongue is a brewery and a tasting room where they offer culinary beers. Learn more about Moody Tongue Brewing Company at



Welcome to our New Members!

Seafood Harbor Grand Opening September 26, 2016


Congratulations on the opening of Seafood Harbor located at 2131 S. Archer Avenue First Floor! The owners of Phoenix Restaurant, located on the second floor, expanded their restaurant offerings to include a variety of fresh seafood, lobsters, crabs and more which customers can make their choices from a wall of fish tanks. Once chosen, your seafood item will be cooked to ourder. This Hong Kong style restaurant is open seven days a week from 8 am to 4 am. 

Asian Pop-Up Cinema Announces Season III Film Lineup

Asian Pop-Up Cinema Season III launched on September 17, 2016 with the fascinating film "Sori: Voice From the Heart". Many exciting films will be screened through December including several Chicago premieres.will present twelve award-winning films, including nine Chicago premieres. View schedules and the Passport to Asian Cinema at



Chinatown Community Vision Plan Receives Award from American Planning Association Illinois Chapter


The Chinatown Community Vision Plan was selected by the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association to receive this year's Strategic Plan award. The award is jointly credited to the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community, 25th Ward Alderman Daniel Solis and Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. The award was presented at the 2016 APA Illinois Conference Awards Ceremony on Sept 28th.‚Äč

Wells-Wentworth Connector Improvement Project



At a press conference September 30, 2016, CDOT announced that Phase 1 of the Wells-Wentworth Connector Improvement Project is now underway. When completed, this project will greatly improve economic opportunities, direct road, transit and bicycle access and enhance pedestrian safety in Chinatown for residents and visitors in the neighborhood.

Article: Daniel Burnham's Chinatown-To-Downtown Roadway Is Finally Being Built – Chinatown

Chinese-American Museum of Chicago – Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial Celebration


Meet at Ping Tom Memorial Park located at 300 W. 19th Street on October 8th from 10:00 am – 11:30 pm  for a bird walk along the Chicago River.  This free event is hosted by Audubon Great Lakes and Chinese-American Museum of Chicago. Spend the day listening to traditional Chinese instruments that mimic sounds of nature and learn about birds and nature in the Chinese culture.  Adults and families are welcome.

9th District CAPS Meetings Schedule

The 9th District Chicago Police Department Beat 914 CAPS Meetings are held every 4th Wednesday of the month at the Chinatown Library located at 2100 S. Wentworth from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  You are encouraged to attend to meet your beat officers, discuss problems and crime conditions and learn crime fighting strategies.