Story URL: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=199408
Story Retrieval Date: 6/17/2013 11:53:40 PM CST
Gene Lee, former deputy chief of staff to Mayor Richard M. Daley, and Alderman Daniel Solis talk about the impact of the Chinese New Year parade on Chicago's Chinatown.
Chinese New Year only tip of tourism iceberg in Chicago's Chinatown
The Chinese New Year parade is crucial for Chinatown business, but local leaders said a well-rounded tourism season is important for the economic well-being of the South Side neighborhood.
"Tourism is the economic engine that drives not only our community, but the city as well," said Gene Lee, former deputy chief of staff to Mayor Richard M. Daley and lead organizer for the Chinese New Year parade. "We're not happy with the status quo...we're always looking at other opportunities to promote the business side of what we have in our community."