Take a day to explore these attractions:
PING TOM MEMORIAL PARK
This serene 12-acre park dedicated to Ping Tom, Chinatown's most prominent civic leader, is situated alongside the Chicago River. Groups can stroll through the garden's four distinctive areas inspired by traditional Chinese walled gardens; an entry plaza, a playground, a memorial plaza and the riverfront plaza reflect Chinese culture and traditions.
Located between South Wells St. and Archer Ave., the Chinatown Square is a two-level retail center with colorful shops and restaurants offering something for everyone. The square is lined with ornate bronze figures from the Chinese Zodiac. From traditional bubble tea to cultural performances in the plaza, the square offers groups a unique insight into the Chinese culture so vibrantly represented in this Chicago neighborhood. Wander into the surrounding Chinatown Marketplace constructed of narrow alleys lined with more shopping and restaurants.
Minghin Cuisine has been
noted for its elaborately decorated private dining rooms and their exceptionally
fresh seafood. Locals will suggest trying the weekday dim sum specials. Private
dining is offered and recommended for groups of eight to twelve with special
arrangements for up to 100 people. Nightly karaoke services are offered in
English, Chinese, Japanese or Korean starting after 9 p.m. Contact Minghin Cuisine to book your
Plan a group excursion to Chinatown to experience one of their annual events:
THE DRAGON BOAT RACES FOR LITERACY
This all-day event is scheduled for July 13, 2013, at Ping Tom Memorial Park. Two teams of 18 participants race beautifully painted dragon boats in the Chicago River as spectators cheer on their favorite team. Between boat races, guests can see performances by the Lion Dance Procession and performers from Cirque Shanghai, known for their tumbling, juggling and balancing acts.
CHINATOWN SUMMER FAIR
The Fair is scheduled for July 21, 2013 and is a true celebration of Chinese culture with food, art and music. The Lion Dance Procession, as well as classical Chinese dance and martial arts demonstrations, will amaze visitors. There will also be Old and New World music acts, kids activities, artisans and authentic cuisine from neighborhood restaurants.
CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR PARADE
The Chinese New Year is a joyous celebration from the last day of the month in the Chinese calendar until around the 15th of the first month. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the festivities fall around the end of January or beginning of February. The Lunar New Year falls on Jan. 31 in 2014. Many events like concerts at the Chinatown Museum and Lunar New Year dinners take place, but the popular, colorful Lunar New Year Parade is the highlight with dancing dragons, marching bands, floats and Lion Dance Processions entertaining the crowds.