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318 West Cermak Ave, Chicago Il, Chicago, IL 60616 (Southwest Side)
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Ranked #135 of 362 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

me and the family love chinatown everytime we come down we eat at our favorite resturant won kow do a little shopping and when were all done get a couple of smoothies its a cool area of the city you see the locals going about there business as well as tourist oh and there is plenty of gift shops

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Spencer, Indiana
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45 reviews 45 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Wanted to visit Chinatown, just so I can say that I have been there. It was a quick, interesting visit. We walked the main road, took a few pictures, and headed back to the city. I liked the authenticity of the place, but didn't feel comfortable enough to stay long.

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Evanston, Illinois
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137 reviews 137 reviews
32 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

I usually visit the area to enjoy the Chinese New Year festivities. The CTA Red Line stops at Cermark Chinatown. While I agree with some reviews that it may be small and old, the area is an eclectic mix of fresh food markets, kitschy tourist souvenir shops, bakeries, restaurants, herbal pharmacies, banks, Asian-inspired furniture and clothing. I have met with... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews 25 reviews
23 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

I've been to Chicago's Chinatown neighborhood several times over the past few years. It is a great place to get food with friends or shop, especially if you like to browse. The Nine-Dragon Wall near the the train is really impressive, especially as it is so colorful despite years of wear by the elements. There are various other monuments here... More

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Hanoi, Vietnam
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

After visiting downtown Chicago, we took subway to come to visit Chinatown. It is so different from my expectations! This place is quite small and old. Just restaurants and some shop for souvenirs.. We got in one China Market to hope find something more interesting but the market is mess and dirty. Feeling disappointed and wasted time!

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Detroit, Michigan
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

I took the subway from Downtown Chicago here, only a 10 minute ride! Loved the scenery, and there are tons of bakeries and resturants to choose from, some open as early as 7am! Have to return to explore more places!

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Downers Grove, Illinois
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

I visit Chinatown a few times every year and each time I find something new there (even though it was already there). An even can easily be spent deciding on a place to eat, browsing the art shops and bodegas. Don't forget to grab a smoothie/bubble tea before you leave!

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Palestine, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Easy to find but when we got there, we weren't sure where to go. Basically, we followed the crowd and took lots of pictures. We saw some people walk out of a door that we were looking at a menu on and ask about the food. Else we would have passed it by. We like to adventure though.

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We visited chinatown in Chicago and we liked it. We expected it to be bigger since we compared it to the one in NY and Washington. We found many cute things thought and very cheap. The only thing I didn't find cheap was the Chinatown parking area...the attendant was not nice and when we told him we were paying cash... More

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Hong Kong, null, Hong Kong
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

Some restaurants and stores there with real Chinese food, and Chinese staff. Not big, but worth going.

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