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Chicago's Chinatown Dragon Boat Festival (FREE EVENT)

13th Annual Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy
Experience the excitement as teams compete in a fast-paced race on the south branch of the Chicago River in decorated dragon boats. Explore music, food and crafts as well as performances from cultural centers across Chicago. Proceeds are donated to promote literacy.


Since I don't have enough people interested in joining a team for this event, I thought it would be fun anyways just to attend and enjoy the festivites. How about we all come out around 11am-12noon and grab some drinks/food in the Chinatown area and watch some of the dragon boat races.


Here's the info about the event:

When: July 13, 2013, Saturday
Times: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Ping Tom Memorial Park, Chicago
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Cost: FREE for spectators
WEBSITE: http://www.chicagochinatown.org/


I plan on just being there between 11am-2pm so please let me know if you're interested in joining along for the festivities.

Cheers-Sue Chang

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  • Jose

    I did not see anybody

    July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey everyone-come swing by the AT&T tent. I'm here with Tiffany. My cell is[masked]

    July 13, 2013

  • Ceejay T.

    Where are we going to meet? :)

    July 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Read below

      July 13, 2013

    • Ceejay T.

      I'm by the pagoda. On the playground side. Where are you guys?[masked]

      July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first event in a bit but I'll bring my camera and enjoy

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey all - I forgot to mention that parking is going to be extremely difficult, especially around noontime. I would strongly advise to take public transportation. There are shuttles running directly from the Roosevelt train station to Chinatown (get off at Cermak). You'll have to walk north towards the 18th street bridge (but the Ping Tom memorial Park is south of 18th street). Hope this helps with directions as well. Looking forward to meeting everyone. CHEERS-Sue C.

    July 10, 2013

    • Llesi

      we are meeting at either the playground or pagoda at 12? or 11?

      actually sue, i will be participatin in the mcdonalds team. so i will be there from early morning with my phone.

      July 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      the Pagoda is nearby the Playground but I figured I'd say both just in case if people could rally the rest of the group when they all arrive (between 11am-12noon) There should be performances around noontime so hopefully there'll be enough space for everyone to see/gather. I'll see you there then.

      July 12, 2013

  • Tessa A.

    Are there races only in the morning? B/c I won't be able to make until about noon.

    July 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Tessa-the races go through 3/4pm depending on if each heat is scheduled on time. You'll be fine if you arrive there before 4pm. Be sure to bring a towel or blanket if you plan staying and sitting there to watch for awhile. The final race will probably be closet to finishing around 3:30/4pm:)

      July 10, 2013

  • tiffany t.

    What will be our designated meeting place?

    July 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Since it is going to be extremely crowded with lots of spectators and racing participants in attendance, I would suggest meeting either at the playground or the Pagoda (they're both next to each other) around noontime. Again, I'll be racing with a team that day but will try my best to gather everyone together. Hope this helps....and YES-bring your cameras. Lots of great things to see for this upcoming race. Cheers-Sue C.

      July 10, 2013

  • tiffany t.

    Really looking forward to this vibrant event. I'm gonna bring my camera.... It will be easy to spot me. Lol!

    July 10, 2013

  • Jana

    This will be my first Meetup! How do i find everyone on Saturday?

    July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey all - just a quick update about the Chinatown Dragon Boat Festival event. If you are planning on arrving around noon time, they typically have performances after the morning races so it's probably best to arrive there between 11am-12noon. Also, since I will be paddling on the dragon boats (TEAM AT&T APCA DRAGONS), feel free to swing by the tent and introduce yourself, that's if I'm not on the dragon boats racing during that time...otherwise I'll see you all there. =) Cheers-Sue Chang

    1 · July 10, 2013

  • Micheal

    Yeah I am in for a team

    June 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Arlington Heights (July 27th) race: I will have a team and am currently rostering people who will be committed to attend. If you could let me know for sure if you'll be participating, I'll include you in the communication list. Please forward your info to [masked]. Thanks - Sue =)

      June 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Michael - I just filled in the roster for the race out in ARlington Heights but you're welcome to come out and join the festivities for FREE as a spectator. It'll be a really fun time - lots to do, even a push-up contest immediately following the races if you're up for the challenge =) Thanks-Sue C.

      July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where will we meet?

    July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Everyone! I'm new to city. Looking to do some exploring and meet people, so count me in.

    June 20, 2013

  • Shauna

    Have family in town so if we decide to do something else I will change RSVP but this sounds fun

    June 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Shauna - Yeah. Let me know if you're available. I would love for you and your friends to come out and join us at the Chinatown Dragon Boat races. I'll only be there for a couple of hours spectating also meeting some old team members as well. It'll be a fun time. Cheers-Sue

      June 19, 2013

  • Llesi

    how many people do you need for a team? cuz this really sounds like fun!!! :D

    June 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I need 20 people to paddle, 1 on the drum = total at least 21 people (8 women minimum) for a mixed crew.

      June 19, 2013

  • Micheal

    Hmmm chinatowm.only heard about it in movies,now I gonna see it

    June 18, 2013

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