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318 West Cermak Ave, Chicago Il, Chicago, IL 60616 (Southwest Side)
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Ranked #158 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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New York City, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We took the water taxi to get to Chinatown. The stop was a short walk away from the center of Chinatown. The stores and restaurants were "reliably Chinese" with an old Chinatown feel to it akin to the ones in San Fran and NYC. You could get your fill of souvenirs, dim sum, etc...

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

It's a hoot to read reviews of Chinatown with comments like "not impressed" or "nothing special" etc. This is where people live and work... their home and neighborhood. It's like saying... 'went to Ralph and Sue's house yesterday.... what a dump!" This isn't an Amusement Park designed for your pleasure folks. How crass and boorish of you to "rate" a... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 via mobile

It takes a very long time when you go into all the little stores, but I was expecting much more. It's maybe four blocks long & extremely limited parking, most is so you need a sticker

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
14 reviews 14 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Chicago's Chinatown is very small. That being said it is a fun couple of hours. We usually walk around a bit and then stop for an amazing meal and walk off a little of that meal and are done. Our family loves the food, and that is what you are really going for anyways. Some shops do have some interesting... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
12 reviews 12 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
20 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
12 helpful votes 12 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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