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Chinatown

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Address: 318 West Cermak Ave, Chicago Il, Chicago, IL 60616
Phone Number: 7124800060
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Chicago's large Chinese neighborhood is full of popular restaurants.

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after a log day in the city went their for gifts pretty good food and the drinks were great at the bar above the shop cant miss it at the entrance on the left 5 building look up

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Tom C

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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A great place to grab some culture and delicious food! Tons of crazy shops filled with fun stuff. The Tea King is a must visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

after a log day in the city went their for gifts pretty good food and the drinks were great at the bar above the shop cant miss it at the entrance on the left 5 building look up

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Thank Tom C
Chicago, Illinois
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166 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Chinatown is a smaller neighborhood in the city that is easily accessible by public transit. Chinatown has three main streets, each of which takes about 15 minutes to walk down with minimal window shopping. It is definitely worth a visit, although I wouldn't prioritize Chinatown for those short on time. During the warmer months, taking the Water Taxi is a... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Cute area to visit. Not as big as I thought. Lots of little shops and great places to eat. A nice place to visit if you are exploring the city.

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Maybe I had higher expectations, but it wasn't all it was hyped up to be. We didn't have a rental car so we took a taxi to get there. The restaurant we ate at was okay, but probably not worth the cab fare over there. Oh well, at least we can say we've been :)

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foodieil
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sure, it isn't as big as other China Town's but if you don't explore a bit, you are only going to get surface level experience. Don't be afraid to go into the herbalists or acupuncture, tea, etc. shops, you may just be exposed to a culture you don't see that often. I recommend going at a time when other tourists... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was very disappointed in the hospitality of the area, especially public access to a restroom.. ...

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

I went because it was part of an event at the convention I was attending. We were put into small groups and sent out to explore Chicago (although we were told what we were supposed to explore, so that took some of the fun out of it). Chinatown was fine, though. We went. We looked around. We ate lunch. We... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

I went to Chinatown for dinner with my family and to put is plainly; it sucks. The food and general look and feel didn't pass the muster for me.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

Enjoyed poking around in China town and definitely enjoyed eating there. Generally felt pretty safe, but it changed a little bit as the sun started to go down. We headed out shortly after sundown when we finished at the restaurant. Not sure I'd recommend it for large families because the sidewalks are narrow and there's a fair amount of traffic,... More 

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Staying in Chinatown

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Chinatown
Chinatown may be one of Chicago’s smallest neighborhoods geographically, but it's big on character, colors, sights, sounds, and flavors. In this South Side neighborhood, you’ll find authentic Chinese restaurants dotting the length of Wentworth Avenue. After a meal of dim sum, noodles, duck or other tantalizing food specialties, satiate your visual appetite with dozens of public art sculptures sprinkled throughout the neighborhood ranging from animal structures to pagodas, a tile mosaic, Chinatown Gate, and a Buddhist Temple.