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What is Seen and Unseen: Mapping South Asian American Art in Chicago

The first comprehensive exhibition to map and disseminate this vital chapter of Chicago’s art history.
Arts/Entertainment

Asian Fashion Show Chicago 2024

Join us as we recognize and celebrate AAPIs in fashion!
Food

Chicago Food Truck Festival

The Fest is a long-standing commercial corridor activation designed to support Chicago’s food truck industry while bringing new and diverse lunch options to Chicago’s Loop.
Arts/Entertainment

Miss Asian Chicago 2024

Join this celebration of Asian women and a culmination of their months-long training program with Chicago Asian Women Empowerment (Chi-AWE)!
Arts/Entertainment

Shared Lines: The AAPI Experience on Route 66 by Sammy Yuen

CAMOC presents “Sammy Yuen, Shared Lines: The AAPI Experience on Route 66” from April 14, 2024, to September 28, 2024. Opening reception on April 14th at 2pm. Don’t miss this cultural journey!
Community

2024 Dim Sum & Then Some: The Uptown 5K/10K & Kids Dash

Grab your friends, family, co-workers and run crew to join 2,000 runners & walkers on August 3rd, with kick off at Asia on Argyle.
Arts/Entertainment

Dr. Azra Raza Presents Paths to Altruism through Science and Poetry

A SAI special talk by Dr. Azra Raza on poetry and science.
Arts/Entertainment

SAI Summer Celebration and Annual Fundraiser

Support & Celebrate SAI at our annual fundraiser. Includes food & drink, Plus DJ Rekha, Comedian Sonal Aggarwal and Emcee Jitesh Jaggi.
Arts/Entertainment

In-Person: THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL: LOVE IN BLACK & BROWN by Nina Sharma

A hilarious and moving memoir in essays about love and allyship, told through one Asian and Black interracial relationship.
Arts/Entertainment

Immigration Improv Comedy Night! (During AILA AC 2024!)

The best AILA Annual Conference afterparty this year!! Laugh alongside AILA colleagues, experience a historic Chicago theater, and have fun!
Community

2024 Building CAPACD Convention Volunteer Sign-Up

Volunteer sign-up form for the National CAPACD Convention is now open!
Arts/Entertainment

In-Person: NINETAILS: Nine Tales by Sally Wen Mao

A “lyrical and virtuosic” fabulist debut collection of stories re-imagining the nine-tailed fox spirit of Asian folklore (Gina Chung).
Community

The Great Baklaan: A learning space and performance for Filipinx/a/o people9

The Great Baklaan is a community-driven collaboration that reimagines opportunities to showcase the Filipinx/a/o LGBTQ+ community.
Community

Piyesta Pinoy (Philippine Fest)

Piyesta Pinoy is a festival of Filipino culture, arts, music and food in celebraqtion of the Philippine Independence Day.
Arts/Entertainment

RO Kwon, author of EXHIBIT - an in-person Boswell event

RO Kwon, author of EXHIBIT - an in-person Boswell event
Arts/Entertainment

SIRENA

SIRENA blends a personal story, family secrets, a mythic love triangle ending in the beginning of a nation, the displacement of its people, an individual’s perspective of belonging and a spectacular celebration of community through music, art and poetry.
Arts/Entertainment

Mâst Be Nice Chicago Presents: Samosas & Mimosas

Embrace in the vibrant Desi summer spirit at Samosas & Mimosas, the official summer kick off party of Chicago, hosted by Mâst Be Nice!
Community

Asian Heritage Night 2024

Join us to celebrate Asian Heritage on June 1st as the Chicago Fire face off against LA Galaxy. Included with your ticket is an Asian Heritage X Chicago Fire FC Scarf designed by local artist, Alyssa Low! Come out and cheer on Chicago Fire's own Asian American player, Kellyn Acosta!
Arts/Entertainment

An Evening with Ochin Pakhi and Friends

A special Ritual Rhythms Chicago event featuring Ochin Pakhi and a fantastic array of musicians and dancers!
Arts/Entertainment

The ENERI Access Series Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2024 Edition: “Coast to Coast”

ENERI Communications presents The ENERI Access Series Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2024 Edition: “Coast to Coast”!
Arts/Entertainment

Preserving Korean American History in Chicago

Join us for a panel discussion and a 20-minute screening by Man-Sung Son, a retired Columbia Film School professor and filmmaker. The film documents the Korean community in Chicago.
Arts/Entertainment

Film Screening: Yellow Rose (2019) 2nd Show

Join us for a second screening of Yellow Rose!
Politics

Informational Session: US Asylum Law

Join Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago for an Informational Session on US Asylum Law!
Arts/Entertainment

Artist Talk With Susanna Kim Vitayaudom

Susanna Kim Vitayaudom, a featured artist of 2024 AAPIHM's coloring sheet, talks about her artistic journey and the process of making art.
Community

AAEN Informational Webinar - Friends of the National Asian Pacific American Museum

Join us for an online webinar to learn about the Friends of the National Asian Pacific American Museum!
Arts/Entertainment

In-person Event: RELINQUISHED by Gretchen Sisson in conversation with Jessamine Chan

A timely and gripping social-suspense novel about book banning, activism, & standing up for what you believe.
Arts/Entertainment

Virtual Lunchtime Book Club Discussion with AABA Chicago and IPLAC

Join a virtual lunchtime book club meeting to discuss R.F. Kuang's satirical novel, Yellowface.
Community

FALA CHICAGO SUMMER SOIREE AND INSTALLATION CEREMONY

FALA Chicago invites members, colleagues, and friends to its annual summertime cultural celebration!
Community

2024 FYLPRO Immersion Program Applications Are Now Open

Every year, FYLPRO works with the Philippine Embassy and the Consulates General in the United States to search for the most outstanding, next-generation Filipinos between the ages of 25 to 45 in the United States to participate in its distinguished Immersion Program in the Philippines. The program is held in partnership with the Ayala Foundation, Inc. and the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines.
Arts/Entertainment

Explore Indian Culture with the Meher Dance Company

Explore South Asian culture through storytelling and dance with the Meher Dance Company in this interactive family program.
Arts/Entertainment

Film Screening: Yellow Rose (2019)

Join us for a screening of Yellow Rose.
Business

Celebrate & Connect: AAPI Heritage Month Closeout Small Business Symposium & Networking

In collaboration with the North River Commission/Albany Park Chamber of Commerce, Fifth Third Bank, and Chicago Asian Network, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE) invites you to celebrate the end of AAPI Heritage Month with a panel discussion by distinguished AAPI food entrepreneurs, essential business resources from government agencies, and networking opportunities!
Arts/Entertainment

Türkiye: Diverse History and Culture with Dr. Lee Hee Soo

Join Dr. Lee Hee Soo as he talks about his personal fascination with and dedication to Turkey, Turkey's special geopolitical position, and Turkish culture and history.
Community

May Chicago Chapter Happy Hour

Professional Networking Event for local entrepreneurs and aspiring ones!
Community

What Do You Mean…? A Workshop on Language and Translation

In this interactive workshop, we will discuss various meanings associated with different words and what kinds of political possibilities and tensions may arise in processes of translation and interpretation.
Food

Duck, Dine, Donate! A Stir Friday Night Fundraiser

Are you hungry for Peking duck? Feeling generous? This Memorial Day, share a meal with SFN & bid on prizes to help SFN's trip to Amsterdam
Food

2024 AAPI Restaurants Week

Join us for our annual 2024 AAPI Restaurant Weeks in Chicago!
Arts/Entertainment

FAAIM's 27th Annual Asian American Showcase

The official lineup for The 27th Annual Asian American Showcase is now here. All of the fun and films will take place at the Gene Siskel Film Center with a closing comedy show at iO Theater!
Arts/Entertainment

The Asian Persuasion Comedy Variety Show

In celebration of AAPI Heritage Month, iO presents The Asian Persuasion Comedy Variety Showcase in partnership with The Foundation For Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM).
Arts/Entertainment

Rhythms of India: A Beginner's Workshop in Bharatanatyam Dance

Want to explore Indian dance and storytelling? Try it out in an hour-long beginner's workshop of Bharatanatyam dance with Shalaka Kulkarni!
Arts/Entertainment

Asian-American Professionals (Chicago) Book Club

Come join the National Association of Asian Professionals (Chicago) for a lively discussion of "Arsenic and Adobo" by Mia Manansala.
Arts/Entertainment

Defiant Silk Festival: AAPI Speakeasy Spectacular

Experience spectacular performances from Chicago’s Asian American Pacific Islander community!
Arts/Entertainment

Story Time

Join us for a story time especially for our littlest patrons!
Arts/Entertainment

Sinag: Ray of Light

"Sinag - Ray Of Light” is a show featuring works of the Sinag Art Group, an art collective of 40 Filipino-American artists based in greater Chicago.
Arts/Entertainment

AAPI Cooperative Concert: Taiwanese and Carnatic 亞裔聯合音樂會

This concert brings East and South Asian music elements together, especially elements from Taiwan and South India!
Community

Giggles Jubilee

A day of fun in celebration of Giggles' one-year anniversary!
Community

Picnic in the Library with Museum Squatters

Come have an alternative experience to celebrate AAPI Month. Join the artist takeover of CAMOC's library and enjoy the museum in a new way!
Arts/Entertainment

Fire + Dragons: AAPI Speakeasy

Join a cast of nationally- and internationally-touring Asian American performers for drag, burlesque, traditional music, comedy, and more!
Arts/Entertainment

Film Screening: The Crimson Kimono (1959)

Join us for the groundbreaking thriller from legendary director Sam Fuller, The Crimson Kimono.
Arts/Entertainment

AAPI Month Celebration at 2d restaurant!

Celebrate AAPI Month at 2d restaurant with dumpling making and caligraphy!
Community

2024 Otaka Judicial Reception

Be part of the 2024 Installation Ceremony of the Asian American Judges Association of Illinois celebrating President Justice Sanjay Tailor!
Food

Jr Donut Chef AAPI Celebration Mochi Donut Workshop

Kids can learn how to decorate mochi donuts using popular Asian flavors and ingredients.
Arts/Entertainment

Film Screening: 95 and 6 to Go (2016)

Join Humboldt Park Branch for a screening of 95 and 6 to Go!
Arts/Entertainment

Authors on Tap: Shze-Hui Tjoa and Lindsay Hunter

Please join us in person for Author on Tap featuring Shze-Hui Tjoa and Lindsay Hunter!
Arts/Entertainment

Film Screening: Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066 (2019)

Join us for a free film screening of Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066!
Community

A Just Chi Giving Project | Tropic Like It's Hot 3: Our Voice Our Power

Join us for our May Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month FRIENDraiser Happy Hour hosted by A Just Chi's Giving Project.
Community

Weird Book Club: Interior Chinatown

Join the Weird Book Club on May 20 as they discuss Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu!
Arts/Entertainment

Ribbon Stitchery Art at Your Fingertips

Learn the Art of Ribbon Stitchery, an ancient form of art decor with colorful silk ribbons in lieu of pallet and paint brush.
Arts/Entertainment

Film Screening: Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Join us for a screening of Crazy Rich Asians.
Arts/Entertainment

Chicago Cubs AAPI Heritage Celebration

On Sunday, May 19, the Cubs will host a new ballpark celebration during the 2024 regular season in recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage.
Arts/Entertainment

Drop-In Sketching

Immerse yourself in the captivating arts of Asia with a unique opportunity to sketch in our galleries. All materials will be provided.
Arts/Entertainment

AANHPI Celebration at Pacifica Square Aurora Illinois 2024

Celebrate Diversity: AANHPI Extravaganza at Pacifica Square, Aurora - Saturday May 18th, 2024 - Free to All
Community

Argyle AANHPI Block Party

Uptown's asia on argyle district hosting argyle aanhpi block party in May!
Community

English Korean Bilingual Book Discussion: Human Acts 소년이 온다

To celebrate cultural diversity, HWLC Popular Library will discuss Human Acts by Han, Kang.
Arts/Entertainment

Chinese Zither (Guzheng) Music

oin Menghua Guan as she presents Chinese zither (Guzheng) music, from traditional to contemporary, from western to eastern pieces.
Arts/Entertainment

Adult Fiction Book Discussion: The Storm

Join us on May 18 at the Harold Washington Library Center where we’ll discuss the novel The Storm, by Arif Anwar.
Community

Internment of Japanese and Japanese Americans

Join Jean Mishima, president of Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, for a presentation on the internment of Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II.
Arts/Entertainment

Panther in the Sky Now Showing in Chicago!

The world premiere of Panther in the Sky by Lani T. Montreal, a co-production with Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble will be shown every Friday and Saturday at 8PM!
Arts/Entertainment

Pui Tak Christian School Benefit Concert · Streams of Grace, Steps of Faith

Join us as we celebrate the launch of PTCS's capital campaign, Project Nehemiah Phase II! Featuring Jeanette Wang and Two Piano Journey.
Arts/Entertainment

Chinese Paper-Cutting Workshop with Lucy P. Liu

Join Paper-Cutting Artist Lucy P. Liu in this dynamic and hands-on workshop. All materials will be provided and beginners are welcomed!
Arts/Entertainment

Japanese Papermaking Class

Learn the art of Japanese Papermaking with Takahashi-sensei!
Arts/Entertainment

K-POP Random Dance Play at Pacifica Square Aurora Illinois 2024 AANHPI

Come dance! Celebrate Diversity: AANHPI Extravaganza at Pacifica Square, Aurora - Saturday May 18th, 2024 - Free to All
Arts/Entertainment

Korean Spicy Wings Contest at Pacifica Square Aurora Illinois 2024 AANHPI

Celebrate Diversity: AANHPI Extravaganza at Pacifica Square, Aurora - Saturday May 18th, 2024 - Free to All
Food

Taste of AAPI and Business Expo 2024

Join us for a celebration of culture and cuisine with our Taste of AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) & Business Expo!
Arts/Entertainment

LGBTQ Prom hosted by Asians and Friends Chicago

Come to the LGBTQ Prom of your dreams to raise funds for Asians and Friends Chicago's 2024 Pride Parade float.
Community

AAPI Market at Brewpoint Coffee

Celebrate AAPI small businesses at Brewpoint Coffee's market, May 18th, 10AM-1PM. Featuring crafts, drinks, tarot, food, ceramics, & more.
Arts/Entertainment

[Walk-in Welcome] 3rd Fridays Free Admission Night with Museum Tour

Join us every third Friday for Free Admission Museum Nights from 5-8 pm, with a guided tour at 6:00 pm. The event offers wine and appetizers.
Arts/Entertainment

Next to Normal

The South Asian cast world premiere of the Pulitzer Prize & three-time Tony Award-winning musical Next to Normal.
Arts/Entertainment

Cranes & Cocktails 2024

Join the celebration and help raise vital funding for JASC's diverse programs and community service work.
Community

Get to Know AANHPI Communities

Join the Chinese American Service League for an introduction to the geographic, linguistic, and culturally diverse histories and traditions that comprise Asian communities in America.
Arts/Entertainment

Film Screening: Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)

Join Humboldt Park Branch for a screening of Raya and the Last Dragon!
Arts/Entertainment

Adult Book Discussion: Flawless

Please join the Richard J. Daley Library and Bridgeport community for a book discussion of Flawless by Elise Hu.
Arts/Entertainment

Priya Chhabria Chicago Pop-Up 2024

Come and check out the latest collection by Priya Chhabria at the trunk show in Chicago!
Arts/Entertainment

Mahjong & Wine Night

Ready to play the game everyone is talking about? Join us for a night of fun and learn the magical game of mahjong!
Arts/Entertainment

Smart Salon: Meiji Dress and Self-Identity

Join the Smart Museum of Art for an exploration of the intricacies of dress and identity during Meiji-era Japan.
Community

Filipinos in Chicago: A Legacy of Transformation and Resistance

Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month by delving into the history of Chicago's Filipino American community with Block Club Chicago.
Community

AAEN - Asian American Author Series (AAAS) - 2024

AAEN - Asian American Author Series (AAAS-2024) where we will celebrate talented Asian American writers and their stories during APAHM!
Arts/Entertainment

Origami with Ty Yamamoto

Join Yamamoto Sensei from Japanese Culture Center for a one-hour introduction to the art form.
Community

Filipino Pullman Porters

The Chicago Federation of Labor celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month by remembering the Filipino Pullman Porters.
Community

MWRD to host Mia Park for Asian American and Pacific Islander Month

The MWRD will host Mia Park, a multi-dimensional Korean American artist, to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Arts/Entertainment

Dragon Wreath With Annie Chu

Celebrate the year of the dragon by creating a festive red wreath featuring a golden dragon with the support and expertise from maker, creator and workshop instructor Annie Chu.
Arts/Entertainment

Film Screening: Mulan (2020)

Join us for a screening of Mulan (2020).
Food

Drop In Afternoon Snack-tivity: Candy Sushi

Drop in for an afternoon snack activity creating colorful candy sushi for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month!
Arts/Entertainment

Book Discussion: Clark and Division

Join us for our book discussion in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. We are excited to be reading Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara.
Community

Adult Book Discussion: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

Join the Toman Branch for a discussion of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See.
Arts/Entertainment

Amy Tan at Bookends & Beginnings

Join us for a night of storytelling and inspiration with bestselling author Amy Tan.
Arts/Entertainment

Has Asian American Media Come of Age? Race and Representation in the Global

As part of DePaul’s 2024 AAPI Heritage Month celebration, please join a panel discussion featuring three Asian American film professionals.