CHINATOWN — The mayor of Chinatown is taking his talents to Lake Michigan.
Tony Hu is doing the cooking for a Chinatown Chamber of Commerce fundraiser that invites guests to board a cruise ship that sets sail for the lake as diners enjoy Hu's brand of regional Chinese specialties along the way. An exact menu for the Aug. 7 event wasn't available
The evening wraps up with a front-row seat to the Navy Pier fireworks.
Hu is the restaurateur behind 11 acclaimed Chinese restaurants, including the newly opened Lao 18 in River North.
Tickets for the event are $85 for chamber members and $100 for the general public. The price includes food and the cruise. A cash bar is available. Tickets are available online by visiting this website.
The chamber has arranged for two hassle-free methods for arriving to Ping Tom Park, the cruise ship's departure site.
First, there’s free car parking at the “Chinatown Parking Corporation” lot on the northeast corner of Wentworth and Archer avenues. And the chamber also has arranged a deal with Chicago Water Taxi to provide free rides from the taxi's Michigan Avenue stop to Ping Tom Park before the 5:30 p.m. check-in time for the cruise.
Boarding for the cruise begins at 6:30 p.m., and the cruise departs at 7 p.m. sharp. It’s expected to wrap up about 10 p.m.