As we recognize the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States, there’s a whole host of incredible programs taking place throughout the city.
The first Japanese immigrant arrived in the United States on May 7, 1843, and in 1990 May was declared AAPI month. In 1992, it was declared a permanent commemorative month that would be celebrated annually. One of the most exciting events takes place May 12 to the 25th as the Chicago chapter of the OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates hosts an AAPI-centric restaurant week.
Chicago has one of the largest communities of AAPI restaurant owners in the United States. AAPI Restaurant Week will feature everything from Michelin-star restaurants to locally-owned bakeries. The celebratory week, which takes place from May 12 to the 21st, will explore various opportunities to sample delicious cuisines and learn about the history of AAPI in Chicago.
With 57 featured restaurants, from cafes to food trucks and everything in between, the 2nd annual AAPI Restaurant Week showcases cuisine from the following restaurants:
📍109 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
Sochi Saigonese Kitchen
📍1358 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
📍3155 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657
📍 131 N Clinton St, Chicago, IL 60661
📍 2534 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
Plus, so many more! Check out the full list here.
Additional events taking place this month:
Enjoy a series of films at the Asian American Showcase 2023
From May 19 to the 25, experience films from emerging filmmakers in the AAPI community as the 26th annual Asian American Showcase returns to Chicago. Taking place at the Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601), this annual celebration will showcase emerging voices from independent filmmakers.
Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with events at the Chicago Public Library
The CPL community is hosting a wide range of discussions (like an Artist Talk with Jenny Lam) events, film screenings (The Mind of a Chef with Edward Lee, Better Luck Tomorrow), and various performances.
Take part in book club discussions spotlighting The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid, Crying In H Mart by Michelle Zauner, and more.Check out the full schedule here.
Take part in programs from the Chicago Asian Network
Enjoy a host of events around the city, from community discussions to a Japanese Language Intro Course to programs hosted by the Hanul Family Alliance and Korean American Archive Project and so much more. Check out the full list here.