238 West 23rd Street
Chicago, IL 60616-1904
phone: 312-949-1000
fax: 312-949-1001
Friday 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Suggested donation:
. Adults $2
. Seniors & Students: $1
. Members free
Museum Type(s)
Joe Chiu, Director, External Affairs
phone: 312-949-1000
Joanne Chiu, Part-time Manager
Kim K. Tee, President


The museum is an educational and research center for people who want to know about the history of Americans of Chinese descents in the Midwest. Through exhibitions, lectures, and other public programs, the museum addresses issues common to all immigrants by using the Chinese experience as examples.


The museum is a project of the Chinatown Museum Foundation, Chicago which was established in 2002 by six enthusiastic volunteers. The Foundation received two donations in 2004 for the purchase of a historic building in Chicago's Chinatown for its museum site. In May 2005 the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago was opened to the public, featuring its inaugural exhibition, "Paper Sons - Chinese in the Midwest 1870-1945". The museum is still operated by volunteers and three part-time workers.

Artifacts Collections

  • Objects related to the history of Chinese-Americans in the Midwest - clothing, photographs, furniture, documents, ceramics, paintings and other 3-dimensional objects.

Research Collections

  • Documents and photographs.

Educational Programs

Regular programs: exhibitions, gallery tours, lectures, community participation. Most of these programs are free. Educational materials can be arranged on loan.


18 Board of Directors.


Access: Staff Only

Appointment required: Yes


The museum releases electronic newsletter quarterly and publishes annual report once a year.

  • Chinese in Chicago, 2005. Arcadia Publishing


Wheelchair Accessible