Press Release

Chinatown Centennial Lectures: Celebrating 100 Years of Chicago Chinatown

CHICAGO, IL – January 18, 2012— The Chinese-American Museum of Chicago (CAMOC) is currently presenting a monthly lecture series highlighting the architectural and cultural landmarks of Chinatown, part of their centennial celebration of Chicago’s Chinatown.

The Saturday afternoon lectures are free of charge

  • January 21 –– Welcome to Chinatown: The Gateway Arch and Nine Dragon Wall, presented by Ian Chin, Vice President and Senior Principal of Wiss Janney Elstner and Associates, Inc, Architects, Engineers and Materials Scientists
  • February 18 –– Iconic Architecture I: Pui Tak/On Leong Building
  • March 17 –– Iconic Architecture II: Moy’s Association Building/Won Kow Restaurant
  • April 21 –– Make No Small Plans: Chinatown Square
  • May 19 –– Green Spaces: Ping Tom Memorial Park, Hardin Square Park, Sun Yat-Sen Park
  • June 16 –– Where We Live: Housing
  • July 21 –– Community Treasures: Chinese-American Museum of Chicago, Ling Long Museum and Sun Yat-Sen Museum
  • August 18 –– Community Outreach: Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and the Chinese American Service League
  • September 15 –– Teaching Our Children: Haines, St. Therese and Chinese Schools
  • October 20 –– Location, Location: Hoy On Building, Chinese Masonic Building and the Fire Station
  • November 17 –– Serving our Country: Veterans’ Memorial
  • December 15 –– Chinatown’s Spiritual Side: Churches and Temple

This discussion will focus on the history behind the iconic Gateway Arch and Nine Dragon Wall.

The monthly lecture series will take place Saturdays, 2pm, at the Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center in the Chinese American Museum of Chicago (238 West 23rd Street) in Chicago. Events are free of charge, but seating is limited and reservations are suggested. For reservations, please call (312) 942-1000, or by email at For more information about the Chinese American Museum of Chicago, please visit

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.