Wednesday & Friday: 9:30am to 2pm
Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: 10am to 4pm

Group visits by appointment only.

The health and safety of our visitors, staff, volunteers, and community is our top priority. The Chinese American Museum of Chicago (CAMOC) will require all individuals to wear a mask while in the Museum, regardless of vaccination status. We greatly appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

We are extending our open hours on Saturdays during the summer. Starting July 1, our open hours on Saturdays will be from 10am to 5pm until further notice.
June was a month of celebration and remembrance!

With your support, we had a very successful annual fundraiser in the month. There were about 240 guests attended the event and celebrated with us that helped us exceed our fundraising goals through buying raffle tickets and bidding on silent auction. Kudos to our Board, Associate Board, Advisory Board, friends, sponsors, supporters, volunteers and staff who helped with and contributed to such a great event!

On Father’s Day, some of us celebrated the day with our father but some of us participated in the Vincent Chin 40th Remembrance and Rededication event at CAMOC before observing the Juneteenth Holiday on the following Monday. June 19 was the 40th anniversary of the murder of Vincent Chin.

Summer is finally here! We are extending our open hours on Saturdays so that you can spend more time at our museum. Please come with your family or friends, and see our gorgeous new mural Chinese Opera on our west wall.

We will also participate in the Chinatown Summer Fair and Sundays on State events in the coming months, and bring culturally appropriate activities to the streets! Please join us to celebrate the arrival of the Summer!

Ben Lau
Executive Director
21st Benefit Dinner
Thank you to our supporters for making our 21st Benefit Dinner a successful one! We were thrilled to be able to celebrate with you all in person after two years of virtual annual fundraisers. To all who could not make it, we still greatly appreciate your support through the years! Your donations allow us to continue preserving the past, present, and future of Chinese Americans in the Midwest.
First photo, back row (left to right): Raymond Lee (Advisory Council), C.W. Chan (Advisory Council), Consuela Hendricks (Associate Board), Angela Lin (Associate Board), Board Director Rich Frachey, Susan Lee Moy (Advisory Board), Board Director Andrea Stamm, and Board Treasurer John Hsiao
Front row: Rep. Theresa Mah (Advisory Board), Ada Tong (Associate Board), Board Director Soo Lon Moy, Vice President Mabel Menard, President Ed Jung, Board Director Swee Cheng, Lifetime Director Kim K. Tee, and Executive Director Ben Lau

Second photo (left to right): Vice President Mabel Menard and Ada Tong (Associate Board) present David Wu (Executive Director of Pui Tak Center) the Excellence in Community Service Award.
Third photo (left to right): Vice President Mabel Menard, President Ed Jung, Executive Director Ben Lau, and Ada Tong (Associate Board) present awards to Sen. Ram Villivalam and Liam Harding (Chief of Staff to Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz).

During the dinner, we honored the Pui Tak Center for their excellence in community service, as well as Senator Ram Villivalam and Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz for their contributions in passing the TEAACH Act (Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History Act).
Thank you to our amazing performers, Menghua Guan and dancers from Yin He Dance!
Our VIPs for the night included the aforementioned awardees, 11th Ward Alderwoman Nicole Lee, 25th Ward Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez, DCASE Commissioner Erin Harkey, Director of the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) Daniel Hung, and TECO Consular Officer Jay Lin. DCASE Commissioner Erin Harkey presented a proclamation to the Museum from Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
The winner of our silent auction for Rich Lo's oil painting titled "Lion Dance" was Veronica Cardenas! Congratulations Veronica and all of our raffle winners! We are incredibly grateful for everyone's support and we hope to see you all at the Museum soon!
See the news coverage of our 21st Benefit Dinner and read the Mayor's Proclamation by clicking the buttons below.
Mural Unveiling at the Museum
If you walked past the Museum this past month, you might have seen artist Rich Lo working on a mural on our West Wall, even in the scorching heat! CAMOC was thrilled to finally unveil his new mural titled Chinese Opera, this month. It portrays three characters commonly featured in Cantonese opera: the Monkey King, Mu Guiying, and Guan Yu. Lo's father was a rising opera star in China before his family moved to Chicago.

Thank you to the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community, Site Design Group LLC, and World Business Chicago, for helping make this possible! Come by the Museum soon to check out the mural!

Pictured above (left to right): Grace Chan McKibben (CBCAC, Executive Director), Ada Tong (Associate Board), Michael Fassnacht (World Business Chicago), Consuela Hendricks (Associate Board), President Ed Jung, Rich Lo, Executive Director Ben Lau, Rep. Theresa Mah (Advisory Council), Board Director Rich Frachey, Ernest Wong (Site Design Group LLC), Board Director Andrea Stamm, Board Director Soo Lon Moy, Life Director Kim K. Tee, and Raymond and Jean Lee (Advisory Council).
Watch the video created by our Board Director Rich Frachey on YouTube and see the Chinese news coverage of this event by clicking the buttons below.
Black Heroes of Chinatown National visit CAMOC
CAMOC joined our Associate Board members Consuela Hendricks and Angela Lin at their People Matter event celebrating Black Heroes of Chinatown National! Before the event, the Black Heroes from San Francisco and Oakland toured the Museum to learn about the history of Chinese Americans in Chicago Chinatown. Congratulations to this year's Black Heroes of Chinatown! Among the awardees, Consuela Hendricks was one of them. We congratulate her for winning the award!

Left photo: Haines Elementary School teacher Jeannine Woods receiving her award from Consuela Hendricks and Angela Lin.

Right photo (left to right): Ada Tong (Associate Board), C.W. Chan (Advisory Council), Consuela Hendricks (Associate Board), Executive Director Ben Lau, Riley Ren (Curator of Collections), and Caroline Lee Liu (Marketing Associate and Collections Assistant).

Below photo: People Matter and Black Heroes of Chinatown checking out our 2nd floor exhibitions!
Anniversary of Vincent Chin's Murder
Left photo: Banners displaying the story and legacy of Vincent Chin.

Right photo: OCA Chicago President & CAMOC Vice President Mabel Menard giving a presentation on Vincent Chin.

June 19 was the 40th anniversary of the murder of Vincent Chin. OCA Detroit livestreamed a national event in remembrance of his passing and as a rededication. CAMOC hosted a screening of two films, Justice for Vincent and Vincent Who? Thank you to those who joined us and if you could not make it, you can learn more about Vincent's story by clicking the button below.
We'll be joining the Chinatown Summer Fair and Sundays on State this July & August!
Becoming a member is a simple and effective way to get involved with the Chinese American Museum of Chicago. Your membership represents a personal investment in the Museum and ensures the continuation of the wide array of quality exhibitions, programs, and events we bring to the community. In addition, you are affirming the importance of the Museum’s commitment to bring the Chinese American experience in the Midwest to as many people as possible.

$150 = Free event admission for member & 3 guests for 1 year

$100 = Free event admission for member & 1 guest for 1 year

$60 = Free event admission for member only for 1 year

$30 = Free event admission for seniors & students for 1 year

$500Corporate Membership for 1 year (with 10 individual memberships, recognition in program & on plaque)

For Members who support us beyond the basic level, we offer extra recognition and the following benefits:

$250Bronze (Honorary Membership)

$500Silver (Honorary Membership)

$1,000Gold (Lifetime Membership or a small donor brick)

$1,500Platinum (Lifetime Membership and a small donor brick)

$5,000Diamond (Large donor brick)

$5,500Jade (Large donor brick plus Lifetime Membership)
Large Brick
7.5" X 7.5"

Donor Wall in Front Lobby

Small Brick
3.5" X 7.5"
You can read the full list of benefits on our website by clicking the button below. There are also instructions on how to join at the bottom of the page, along with the Membership Form.
We are looking for dedicated, reliable, and energetic individuals who would like to experience our historic institution from the inside — as volunteers! We need volunteers for docents, greeters and special events. If you are interested in volunteering for us, please use the button below to visit our related page and download a volunteer form.
Do you have any thoughts on a possible program, a collection to donate, or a fundraising idea for our Museum? Please let us know! We value and welcome your input on how we can continue to provide great programming and resources for our community. If you would like to share an idea, please contact us at office@ccamuseum.org.


The mission of the Chinese American Museum of Chicago - Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center (CAMOC) is is to advance the appreciation of Chinese American culture through exhibitions, education, and research and to preserve the past, present, and future of Chinese Americans primarily 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.