New Exhibition
The Museum is excited to host a new year-long temporary exhibition, The Chinese Helped Build the Railroad – The Railroad Helped Build America , beginning March 2, 2019, to coincide with the 150 th Anniversary of the Golden Spike at Promontory Summit in Utah.

The bilingual exhibit, which features photographs by Li Ju, pays tribute to the approximately 12,000 Chinese workers who completed the west coast portion of the world’s first Transcontinental Railway.

The Chinese Helped Build the Railroad – The Railroad Helped Build America was organized by the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University and Li Ju.
Past and Upcoming Events
Jewel-Osco Chinese New Year Celebration (02/02/19 and 02/04/19)
The Chinese American Museum of Chicago participated in two Jewel-Osco's Annual Chinese New Year Year of the Pig Celebrations with lion dance, Chinese music, and arts and craft.
Chinese New Year Celebration (02/09/19)
We had a full house in welcoming and celebrating the Year of the Pig at our Annual Chinese New Year Celebration. The festive event featured Chinese music, Chinese food, arts and crafts, and more! And what would a Chinese New Year Celebration be without a traditional Chinese lion dance! It was a perfect event for the entire family!
Relive the moments here !
Chinatown Chinese New Year Parade (02/10/19)
Chinese New Year fell on February 5, 2019 (Year of the Pig   , 4717), and the Chinese New Year Parade was held on Sunday, February 10, 2019. We had a great time on the float despite the increasingly heavy snow.

Check out the photos !
Save the Date
18th Benefit Dinner
Saturday, May 4, 2019
6-10 pm

New Furama Restaurant
2828 South Wentworth Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
Museum News
Farewell to an Old Friend
After two years, The Way We Wore: Celebrating Chinese Fashion Heritage , our exclusive collection celebrating Chinese fashion heritage with donations and loans from the Chinese community finally closed on Sunday, February 10, 2019.
36th Asian American Coalition of Chicago
Lunar New Year Celebration (02/23/19)
We attended the largest annual gathering of Asian Americans in the Midwest at the 36th Asian American Coalition of Chicago Lunar New Year Celebrations.

Congratulations to our President Soo Lon Moy for her Community Service Award!

For more photos from the gala, click here!
Introducing ...
It is our pleasure to introduce our new Executive Director, effective March 1, 2019. If he looks familiar, that is because he has been a volunteer for the Museum for years!

Ben Lau has been serving the Chinese Community for over 19 years. He was the Program Manager of Employment and Financial Empowerment at Chinese American Service League (CASL), a nonprofit community-based and most comprehensive social service agency in the Midwest dedicated to serving the needs of people of all ages and backgrounds of the Chinese community in the greater Chicago area. He oversaw a number of programs which include housing counseling, financial literacy and coaching, adult employment, culinary training, Senior Employment Community Service Program (SCSEP), Small Accessible Repairs for Senior s (SARFS), home weatherization as well as energy assistance which served over 2,600 families a year.

Ben holds a BA degree in journalism and advertising from Shue Yan University of Hong Kong and another degree in information technology from DeVry University of Chicago. He has a number of professional certificates in Homeownership Counseling, Post-Purchase Homeownership Education, Homeownership Counseling for Program Managers and Executive Directors, Financial Capability, and Foreclosure Intervention and Default Counseling.

Welcome, Ben! The Board and Staff are looking forward to exciting times ahead.

We will hear more from Ben in the coming months!
Share Your Story
Are you, or do you know someone who is, a descendent of a Chinese railroad worker who worked on the Transcontinental Railroad? We’re looking to collect oral histories from Chinese Railroad Workers’ descendants in the Midwest. Email us:‬
About Us
The mission of the Chinese American Museum of Chicago - Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center (CAMOC) is to promote the culture and history--through exhibitions, education, and research--of Chinese-Americans in the Midwest.

The museum building, formerly the Quong Yick Co., is located in Chicago's Chinatown, at 238 West 23rd Street in Chicago. The Museum opened to the public on May 21, 2005. After a devastating fire in September of 2008, the Museum was closed for renovation and reopened in 2010.

CAMOC is governed by the Board of Directors of the Chinatown Museum Foundation (CMF), a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation located in Chicago, Illinois.