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January 2013 Monthly Newsletter 

We hope everyone had wonderful holiday celebrations with family and friends. We have reached the 2013 new year but we still have another month to go before the Lunar New Year. This year, we celebrate the Year of the Snake. The Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce is excited to have to host some new year celebrations for our Chamber members and the community. Please see all of our upcoming events and news below!

By the way, is anyone else extremely excited that we have not had any bad snow yet?!?! Do you remember the Snowpocalypse of 2011?


Cars stuck and abandoned on Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL

Lunar New Year Dinner

We invite you to join us at our annual Lunar New Year and Community Service Awards Dinner! The dinner will be hosted at a local Chinatown restaurant and will feature an evening filled with great company and great food. Every year, we are delighted to share this joyous time with over 140 of our Chamber members, families and friends! We are very excited to announce our local service awards and share with everyone! We hope to see you again this year.

DATE: Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 6pm

PLACE: TBD, Chicago Chinatown Restaurant

Annual Lunar New Year Parade

Hosted by the Chinatown Special Events Committee, the annual Lunar New Year parade will be on Sunday, February 17th at 1pm this year. The parade will begin at 24th and Wentworth and march north to Cermak. Come and join the thousands of neighborhood residents, small businesses, Chicago visitors and us at this year's celebrations!

DATE: Sunday, February 17, 2013, 1pm 

PLACE: Wentworth Avenue, (24th Place to Cermak)


Citibank's New Year Networking Event

Citibank Chicago Chinatown branch is hosting a FREE networking event for Chinatown Chamber members/friends/family/direct referrals.Come join us for great food and networking with local businesses. Bring your business cards!

Please RSVP by Monday January 14th with Ina Chen by email: ina.chen@citi.com, by phone: (312) 225-3767, by fax: (312) 267-0973

DATE: Thursday, January 17th from 6:30-8:30pm

PLACE: House of Fortune located at 2407 S. Wentworth Avenue, Chicago IL 60616


St. Therese Annual Chinese New Year Benefit

St. Therese School is proud to announce their annual Chinese New Year Dinner Benefit on Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 5:30-10:30 PM at Furama Restaurant, 2828 S. Wentworth Avenue! Delicious food and fun entertainment are planned to celebrate the Year of the Snake.
Please support this worthy cause by becoming a sponsor, purchasing dinner tickets, ads, and/or donating merchandise, or monetary gifts to help us continue to provide the best education possible for our students. This year, St. Therese School is poised to realize its biggest dream yet: creating a second school for our children, located on the Chinatown border at 17 th Street and Halsted Ave. All proceeds from our Chinese New Year event will go directly to this renovation, the Little School, Big Dreams Campaign!
Please visit www.sttheresechicago.org or call the school at 312-326-2837for more information about the event and to buy tickets.

Local Job Listings

Please see below for some available job posting information that has come through our office. For more details, please contact the employer directly!

TVB - 2013 Miss Chinese International Pageant 
This year's TVB 2013 Miss Chinese International Pageant will take place on Sunday, February 24, 2013 in Hong Kong! Our runner up from the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce sponsored Miss Chinese Chicago and Friendship Ambassador 2011 pageant, Miss Jessica Chen will go on to represent Chicago at this international pageant. Please show your support for Miss Chen by watching the pageant and voting for her through some online poll contests! 
We will also be posting more information about our coming 2013 Chinatown Chamber of Commerce sponsored Miss Chinese Chicago and Friendship Ambassador Pageant on our website. The pageant will be held in late October/early November 2013. Please check back frequently for more information in the coming months!

Business Luncheon w/Christopher Kennedy - RECAP


We were grateful to have Mr. Christopher Kennedy, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the University of Illinois speak to us at our last business luncheon of 2012, sponsored by UIC. Mr. Kennedy spoke about the state of our economy including the important of research universities in a thorough and insightful 40 minute speak. Attendees were able to ask questions directly to Mr. Kennedy. After the formal presentations, guests were able to network with one another and also get to meet our Chamber Board of Directors. 
We look forward to continuing our Business Luncheons in 2013 with more great speakers and providing plenty of networking opportunities for our members.
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