This year has not been short when it comes to surprises and the year of the Dragon has certainly proved that this year is about highlighting the strength of communities. In celebration of this month’s AAPI Heritage Month, McDonald’s wants to give the community a chance to showcase some of its talents.

Open to all Chicago Based Artists, come and join the Year of the Dragon Art Contest!

We’re excited to invite young artists from the Chicago Metropolitan area to submit their original artwork that is inspired by the theme “Year of the Dragon” by Friday, June 7, 2024, at 5:00PM (EXTENDED UNTIL JUNE 14, 2024)

This collaboration aims to engage with the Asian American Youth in Chicago through creativity and expression. Take note that ALL submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges, and the winning design will be featured on our social media channels and printed on custom tote bags which will be distributed at various events this summer including the Chinatown Summer Fair. Three winners will be selected, each receiving a $250 gift card and a McDonald’s prize box.

Don't miss this opportunity to showcase your talent and celebrate AAHNPI heritage!

Excited for this? Below are the guidelines for submitting your design:


  • Your design must incorporate the theme of "Year of the Dragon."
  • Ensure that your design feels relevant to Chicago-area customers, capturing the essence of our vibrant city.
  • Incorporates the spirit of Asian McDonald’s Operators Association of Chicago (AMOA) and its support for the AAPI community. 

Size and Format:

  • Designs should be no larger than 10 x 10 inches.
  • Submit a high-resolution file (vector preferred), capable of clear printing within a 10” x 10” space.
  • Designs should include the AMOA logo provided in the base file.

Color Scheme:

  • Consider one base color for the tote bag from the following options: McDonald’s Yellow (#FFBC0D), McDonald’s Red (#DB0007), or White.
  • Do not include the color in your final design, but note the recommended bag base color in your submission; your submission should be transparent
  • Your design should be realized with two or fewer colors, not including the base color of the tote bag.

Content Guidelines:

  • Designs must be free of profanity, inappropriate, or sexual content.


  • There will be three final winners selected, each receiving a $250 gift card and a McDonald’s prize box.
  • Winners will also receive recognition on our social media channels and on the final printed tote bags.

Submission Process:

  • Submit your design as a high-resolution file on our Google form or to by Friday, June 7, 2024 (EXTENDED UNTIL JUNE 14, 2024).
  • Include your name, age, contact information, and the name of the youth organization you're affiliated with in the submission email.
    • Applicant must be 5 to 25 years old. Below 18-year-olds are required to have their parent or guardian's consent.
  • You may submit multiple designs, but each design must be submitted as a separate entry.


  • The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 7, 2024 (EXTENDED UNTIL JUNE 14, 2024)

This is definitely an exciting opportunity for the community! We are ecstatic to see the creative interpretations of the Year of the Dragon theme, celebrating both Asian culture and the unique spirit of Chicago! We know the selections haven't even started but we know for sure that we’ll come across some awesome creative artworks! Just with this idea alone, we are already loving it!

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to or

Best of luck!

Jun 10, 2024

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