Appreciation of foreign cultures makes for widened perspectives, diverse social circles, and more countries to hide out in when smuggling prescription-strength cough drops inside of piñatas finally catches up to you. Keep your options open with today's Groupon to the Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute. Choose between two options:
- For $10, you get a walking tour of Chinatown for two (a $20 value). Tours run every day from Memorial Day (May 30) through Labor Day (September 5), excluding Sunday, July 17.
- For $35, you get a dumpling-cooking class for two (a $70 value).
The Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute inspires harmony between Chinese and American ways of life by hosting fun activities and enlightening culture-centric adventures. The one-hour Chinatown walking tour gives the culture-curious an intoxicating sample of the neighborhood's architecture, food, and shops. Survey the treasures of China's 100-year-old home away from home, including the stunning Chinatown Gate, Zodiac Square, and the 13-acre Ping Tom Memorial Park, lost deep in conversation with its neighbor, the babbling Chicago River. Gorge eyes on The Nine Dragon Wall, a mythological masterpiece featuring nine large dragons and 500 smaller dragons to provide backup harmonies; it is said to promote the good fortune and luck of everyone that passes its frieze. The tour provides ample opportunity to step into boutiques for light shopping afterwards and explore area bakeries, teahouses, and candy stores to treat tongues to the decidedly fresh taste of Chinese history.
Alternately, learn how to wrap, fold, and otherwise assemble dumplings under the careful tutelage of Z.J. Tong, the Cultural Institute's president and a master chef, at one of his monthly classes. After watching a dumpling demonstration with sharp eyes and quivering, empathetic fingers, participants create their own pockets of delectable culture to consume at the authentic Chinese feast that concludes the class.
Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute
Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute was created with a mission in mind: to conduct programs and events that promote Chinese language and culture, and to facilitate relationships between Chinese and American cultures. Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute offers corporate services such as cross-cultural and language training, helping bridge any gaps between employees who might travel between countries or consider dipping hands in a vat of honey before sealing a business deal.
Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute also hosts various tours: walking tours guide explorers through Chinatown, exploring architectural fixtures and businesses of the area, whereas food tours entreat guests to visit several restaurants and shops, sampling appetizers, entrees, and teas. After meeting at Chinatown Square by the Zodiac Animal Statues, guests will explore famous Chinatown landmarks such as The Nine Dragon Wall, St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church, the former On Leong Building, and Ping Tom Memorial Park. Tours take place in english, but can be in mandarin upon request.
2145B S China Pl.
Chicago, Illinois 60616