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Lea Villena

Business

UNITY Conference: ACE NextGen Holds the Largest National Gathering of AAPI Entrepreneurs

A champion in increasing the Asian presence in American leadership, ACE NextGen, is hosting a two-day conference centered on leveraging the power of relationships for Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) entrepreneurs in the McDonald’s Global Headquarters, Illinois.
Arts/Entertainment

The Shoot: How “No Place Like Kasama” Came To Be

Tenacity, resilience, and a strong will to break the mold are just some of the great things that describe Asians in general. As AAPI month comes to a close, we saved the best for last. 
Business

A Bridal Compassion

Love stretches far beyond romantic antics and fairytale-like happy endings. It’s a contagious concept rooted with deep compassion towards one another. If you think about it, love starts with compassion. This happens to be the main focus of Tina Wong, owner and founder of Grace and Ivory. 
Arts/Entertainment

Jeff Mabi Furthers the Imprint of Filipino DJs in Chicago

The pandemic has exercised our creative juices in order to find new ways to make a living. Find out how Filipino DJs manage to get a semblance of enjoyment even amidst the ongoing health crisis in Chicago.
Interviews

Magic In the Midst of Pandemic

With everything that is going on, we could all use a bit of magic, fun, and laughter. Kevin’s Virtual Magic Experience brings that sense of fun and interaction even within the comforts of your own home.
Community

LGBTQ+ 365 Resources

We at Chicago Asian Network understand that showing support for the queer community is not a June-only event. Hence, we have compiled a list of resources for those in the LGBTQI+ community who need help and for the allies who want to further support and inform themselves about the community.
Business

Jennivee's Bakery: The LGBTQ's Very Own Late Night Bakery

Got some late night sugar cravings? Well the Boystown neighborhood might just have the answer for that sweet dilemma. Head over to Jennivee's Bakery, the LGBTQ's very own chic and cozy late night bakery located in North Sheffield that proudly opens its doors to anyone regardless of their identity. Come check them out this Pride Month!
Arts/Entertainment

#AsiansWhoCAN Rise: King Marie

Giving herself the identity of “King”, Christine Marie Borda a.k.a. King Marie has definitely proven that she continues to rise and make her mark in a challenging and primarily male-dominated industry, music.