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Chinatown

318 West Cermak Ave, Chicago Il, Chicago, IL 60616 (Southwest Side)
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Ranked #151 of 367 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW 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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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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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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Harvard, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I went on July 3, 2011. I loved the look of Chicago's China Town. There's great pagodas and what seems like a million restaurants. The let down is the gift shops. Most carry the exact same things as their neighbor's store. You do have to go into all of them because suddenly there will be a surprise you didn't expect... More

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New York City
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Nothing special. Coming from New York City it is small. Restaurants did not seem to be busy. Lots of shops to buy souvenirs. Can get nice photos of the architecture. Can access right off the red line. Short train ride from Cellular Field (White Sox park). Shops have very different items. I bought three beautiful hand made flowers for three... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Across the town you will find gifts and souvenirs that are all made in china and cost a good deal of money. You can find them way cheaper here. Also, you can have some really good meals at 'Go4food' and some other of the restaurants at the main street.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We took the red line to chinatown. We knew we had arrived because of the architecture. Really cool buildings. Not a real large area but quite interesting. The shops and grocers had such interesting items for sale. We didn't have a chance to eat there, but it was still very fun, and a nice break from the hustle of downtown.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Usa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

cab driver dropped us off at a Chinese shopping center, not many stores interesting to us, we did eat lunch here and had very interesting vegetable bowl and onion pancakes; would like to see the more traditional part of Little China!

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Chinatown was an interesting experience for my family. We ate lunch at ming hin, which was very strange, then we walked around a little bit. Basically all of the stores on the main streets are tourist shops, and looks like an episode of Hoarders when you walk in. Things are packed in to the ceiling, and you always feel like... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Go to Chinatown and walk the streets. Pop into the shops that sell cooking equipment and souvenirs. Go into one of the downstairs grocery stores and see a freshly dressed duck hanging from a hook. This really is an interesting place; many Chinese Chicagoans live here. Try one of the dim sum restaurants, or for good Chinese food, try Evergreen.

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