Tour Three: From the Great Wall to the Great Lakes (Wed)
Completion of the Transatlantic Railroad in 1869 brought Chinese immigrants to the already rich ethnic mix of people settling in Chicago. By 1890, Chinatown was a true commercial and cultural center serving thousands of Chinese and Chinese-Americans in Chicago and across the Midwest. First located in the south Loop, Chinatown relocated to the Wentworth-Archer-Cermak triangle in 1912. There it has flourished and, at 101 years old, remains a thriving hub of commerce and culture. Join us for a look at today’s Chinatown.
Visit St. Therese Chinese Catholic School, a dynamic Big Shoulders elementary school where award-winning principal Phyllis Cavallone champions STEM-focused learning and technology integration; tour classrooms by virtual connection to see how it works; enjoy a student cultural performance.
Explore the Chinese-American Museum’s current exhibit, “Chinese Festivals”; view the regular collection; see a captivating film about Chicago’s Chinese-Americans.
Meet Father Francis Li, pastor to an unlikely mix of Chinese- American parishioners and Italian-Americans who worship at historic St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church; tour this lovely Italianate structure; learn about the church’s history; see among its treasures a crucifix given by Al Capone’s mother.
Enjoy dim sum and yum cha (drink tea) over lunch. Stroll and shop in Chinatown Square Plaza, designed by Harry Weese & Associates in the early 1990s; learn from shop-keepers and guides about Chinese tea, dried fish and other popular products.
*Chinese-American Museum of Chicago exhibit
** Level Two (some walking on uneven pavement; suitable footwear recommended)
Buses depart from Clinton Street, just south of Madison at 8:30 a.m. and return by 3:15 p.m.
Note: All participants must check-in and board the bus at this location.
$85 (lunch included)
No Refunds available.