We have come to that time of the year where the AAPI spotlight shines the brightest. To celebrate this season, here’s a list of AAPIHM (Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month) events so you don’t miss out on all the festivities. The list consists of both virtual and in-person events so you can enjoy an all-out celebration!

May 1: Breaking Down the Sacred Wall

Organizer: Kalapriya

Where: The International House of the University of Chicago (1414 East 59th StreetChicago, IL, 60637)

When: May 1, 6PM

May 2: Let Me Tell You: Stories of Asian American Authenticity

Organizer: Mia Park, in partnership with the Chicago Public Library

Where: UPTOWN’S Bezazian Library (1226 W. Ainslie Street)

When: May 2, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

May 4: NAAAP: Conversation About Toxic Invisibility

Organizer: National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP)

Where: Virtual

When: May 4, 5:30PM PST

May 4: NAAAP: Stories From Chinese Restaurants Around The World 

Organizer: National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP)

Where: Virtual

When: May 5, 6PM EST

May 5: Advancing Justice Chicago's 30th Anniversary  

Organizer: Advancing Justice Chicago

Where: Morgan’s on Fulton

When: May 5, 6PM

May 5: Asian Night Market At Skokie Campus!  

Organizer: Oakton Community College & Everybody's Market

Where: Oakton Community College - Skokie Campus ( 7701 Lincoln Ave, Skokie, IL 60077)

When: May 5, 5:30-8pm

May 7: Dim Sum & Drag - Crazy Rich Asian Dining Experience  

Organizer: Dim Sum & Drag

Where: Furama Restaurant (4936 North Broadway Chicago, IL 60640)

When: May 6, 7:00 PM CDT

May 8: Chicago Cabaret Week: SamaSama Project  

Organizer: Hideout Inn

Where: Hideout Inn (1354 West Wabansia Avenue Chicago, IL 60642)

When: May 8, 8:30 PM

May 8: Celebrate Asian American Month With Dancing Chakras: Bollywood With A Twist!  

Organizer: Newport Theater

Where: Newport Theater (956 West Newport Avenue, Chicago, IL)

When: May 8, 7:00 PM

May 9: No Place Like Kasama: Film Screening  

Organizer: The Den Theatre

Where: The Den Theatre (1331 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622)

When: May 9, 7PM

May 11: NAAAP: Deconstructing The Great Resignation  

Organizer: National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP)

Where: Virtual

When: May 11, 8PM EST

May 11: ROAR Story Slam - Call For Submissions

Organizer: Korean American Story.Org

Where: Online

When: May 11

May 12: SABA Chicago: Summer Kick Off!  

Organizer: South Asian Bar Association of Chicago (SABA Chicago)

Where: Pinstripes (435 East Illinois Street Chicago, IL 60611)

When:  May 12, 6PM

May 12: Chicago APA Lawyers Summit: How to Find Success

Organizer: Ice Miller Legal Council

Where: McDermott Will & Emery (444 W. Lake Street, Chicago)

When: May 12, 2-6PM

May 13-15, May 20-22: Asian Heritage Month @ VietFive Coffee  

Organizer: VietFive Coffee

Where: VietFive Coffee (1116 West Madison St.Chicago, IL 60607)

When: May 13-15 & May 20-22 at 10:30AM-2PM

May 13-22: AAPI Restaurant Week 2022

Organizer: OCA Chicago

Where: AAPI-owned restaurants across the Chicago area

When: May 13-22

May 14: Asian Festival & Heath Fair

Organizer: Asian American Coalition of Chicago

Where: 2130 S Archer Avenue Chicago IL 60616

When:  May 14, 12NN

May 14: Umbrella Arts Festival

Organizer: Evanston ASAPIA, City of Evanston, Asian American Caucus, Illinois Arts Council and Evanston Arts Council

Where: Downtown Evanston's Fountain Square

When: May 14, 1PM

May 14: Project: VISION’s Free Art Exhibition

Organizer: Project: VISION

Where: SpringHill Suites by Marriott Chicago (2357 South Wentworth Avenue Chicago, IL 60616)

When: May 14, 10AM-3PM

May 18: NAAAP: Fireside Chat With Ly Tran, Author Of House Of Sticks  

Organizer: National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) 

Where: Virtual

When: May 18, 8PM EST

May 18: Act to Change: United We Heal  

Organizer: Act To Change

Where: Virtual

When: May 18, 3PM PT

May 19: JASC: 75th Anniversary Celebration: Cranes & Cocktails   

Organizer:  Japanese American Service Committee (JASC)

Where:  Artifact Events, 4325 N. Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago

When: May 19, 6PM

May 21: Chocolate Collective - Chicago

Organizer: Chocolate Collective - Chicago

Where: Lululemon Experiential Store, 944 W North Ave. Chicago, IL 60642

When: May 21

May 23: FYLPRO Roadshow in Chicago!

Organizer: FYLPRO, PACCGC, FALA Chicago

Where: Willis Tower (233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 8600, Chicago)

When: May 23, 6-8PM

May 26: Evanston Vet Center AAPI Heritage Month Veteran Luncheon! 

Organizer: Evanston Vet Center

Where: Evanston Vet Center (901 W Howard St, Evanston, IL 60202)

When: May 26, 11:00AM

May 26: Raks Inferno Presents Fire + Dragons (An Asian American Circus Cabaret)  

Organizer: The Newport Theater

Where: The Newport Theater (956 West Newport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657)

When: May 26, 7:00 PM

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