Lecture: Celebrating 100 Years of Chicago Chinatown



The Chinese-American Museum of Chicago will be offering a monthly lecture series in 2012 highlighting the architectural and cultural landmarks of Chinatown. The Saturday afternoon (2pm) lectures are free of charge.

Where:  Chinese-American Museum of Chicago, Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center
238 W. 23rd Street, Chicago, IL  60616

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

The Chinese-American Museum is honored to have as our guest speaker Tim Wittman, architectural historian and historic preservationist. Mr. Wittman teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the history and theory of modern architecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and at Columbia College Chicago. He is also a guide for the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and will be the presenter for both the February and March lectures. Please note the later start time in March.

April 21 –– Make No Small Plans: Chinatown Square. This critical mixed-use development, designed by Harry Weese Architects, changed the face of Chinatown on many levels.  Raymond Lee, past president of Chinatown Development Corporation and Jim Himbaugh, also of CDC, will speak about the background,  concept, history, political and financial implications of this important project.

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 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.