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Chinatown

318 West Cermak Ave, Chicago Il, Chicago, IL 60616 (Southwest Side)
7124800060
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Ranked #163 of 369 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

I have always wanted to shop in a chinatown, as I have never been to one. This place is so much fun! The shopping was a blast, the constant smell of food was great. The people were fantastic too. It was a great experience all around. I cannot wait to go back next time, with more money! I also want... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Of course, Chicago's Chinatown is nothing to boast of; if you compares it to San Francisco or New York's Chinatown. It is rather small and quiet. Nevertheless, it has its Chinatown hype with lots of restaurants and little shops.

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Belleville, Illinois
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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Chinatown is a nice place to spend a few hours. There are so many places to eat and buy your souvenirs.I enjoyed the bakeries and architecture.The parking is a little limited but the few times that i've been there in the past it has never been a major problem. Be sure to get some dim sum and a fresh fruit... More

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New York City, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Michigan
2 reviews
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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
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 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
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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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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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