About Ping Tom

Ping Tom Memorial Park was named in honor of the leading force behind it’s creation. Chinatown’s most noted civic leader, Ping Tom ( 1935-1995).

A life long resident of Chinatown, Ping Tom became president of several businesses in the community after earning degrees in Economics and Law from Northwestern University. In 1984, he and other business leaders formed the Chinese American Development Corporation. This private real estate firm transformed a 32-acre rail yard into Chinatown Square, a one hundred million dollar residential and commercial expansion of Chinatown.

Ping Tom was founding President of the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, a past President and Director of the Chinese American Civic Council, and an advisory board member of the Chinese American Service League.

Ping Tom served as trustee for a number of important civic and cultural institutions. He was also an advisor to U.S. Senators, Illinois Governors and Chicago Mayors.


Sculptor:
Liao Huilan

Dedicated By:
Chinese American Development Corporation
October 22, 2005
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