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Chinatown

318 West Cermak Ave, Chicago Il, Chicago, IL 60616 (Southwest Side)
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Ranked #156 of 366 attractions in Chicago
Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: Dining, Shopping
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Chicago's large Chinese neighborhood is full of popular restaurants.
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We had visited Chinatown before as part of a bus tour so decided to just walk around on our own this time. It was busy on a Saturday with lots of street traffic and pedestrians in/out of the shops but we still got around just fine. Many of the shops contain the same types of goods but it's fun to... More

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Jacksonville, FL
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154 reviews 154 reviews
53 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

If you have never been to Chinatown, it is worth a visit. If, like us, you have been here more than a few years ago, you will be disappointed at the number of shops closed or in the process of closing. Those remaining varied from bright and clean to worn, filthy and smelling rotten. According to tsome locals, much of... More

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Toledo, Ohio
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

great place to walk through and get a bubble tea, but i wouldn't eat there. stays open late. no street vendors.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We love going there for the food and little shops. It's a must stop place before ending our trip. One disappointment is not enough variety of shops. It's mostly restaurants and souvenir shops.

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Winter Park, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

My husband and I visited Chicago for the first this past weekend. We don't like to get caught in the tourist traps unless they are a must see like Sears Tower. We found a groupon 2 for 1 for a walking tour of chinatown so we decided to give it a try. The tour was 1.5 hours and stared in... More

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Janesville, Wisconsin
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We parked under the expressway in the public parking lot, which cost $9 for two hours. We were there on a Wednesday afternoon and I would have felt perfectly safe parking on one of the main streets - Chinatown wasn't busy when we were there, no street vendors and mainly locals. It's only about three blocks long, and the structures... More

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Chicago
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1,057 reviews 1,057 reviews
217 attraction reviews
471 helpful votes 471 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

My wife and I had dinner in Chicago’s Chinatown and walked around a bit. Chicago's Chinatown is located in a small area on the south side of the Loop. Chicago's Chinatown is primarily found on Cermak Road, Wentworth Avenue, and Archer Avenue. Chicago’s Chinatown is not as big and impressive as San Francisco's neighborhood but you'll get the typical 'Chinatown'... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I went to the Chinatown festival today. There were a lot of vendors. I purchased 3 pair of earrings for $5. I decided to go back and buy 3 more pair for souvenirs. I paid the lady in advance. She followed me over and said I put something in my purse. She accused me of stealing from... More

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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91 reviews 91 reviews
27 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Neighborhood in decline. Three square block area that is hardly worth the trip. Bordered on three sides by "Chicago Style Violent" neighborhoods. Stay on the main streets and in the tiny outdoor mall and you will be safe. Park under the expressway on the East edge of Chinatown. The police and neighborhood do a decent job patrolling the tourist sections.... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We went there middle of the afternoon on a weekday and we walked along Wentworth Avenue. There wasn't much to see and is quiet compared to other Chinatowns I have been to in the United States. We went there to look for gifts and souvenirs to bring back, but we didn't buy any because the quality wasn't so good. If... More

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