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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
Activities: Dining, Shopping
Description: Chicago's large Chinese neighborhood is full of popular restaurants.
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We've been to Chinatown in others cities and while Chicago's isn't as large as some, it was a great place to spend a morning. Long ago we lived in Taiwan and being in Chinatown... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Midway, Utah
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70 reviews 70 reviews
12 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

We've been to Chinatown in others cities and while Chicago's isn't as large as some, it was a great place to spend a morning. Long ago we lived in Taiwan and being in Chinatown always brings back many memories as we hear the sounds, smell the smells, listen to the language and especially - eat the food. We walked through... More 

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Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Definitely will come back each time I visit. Love the food, the different shops and especially the food! We only had a few hours and couldn't shop long but I enjoyed every minute of it.

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Maplewood, Minnesota, United States
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61 reviews 61 reviews
21 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Haven't been here for a while, but they seem to have more manners and more polite to customers now. Still lack of public restroom without having to eat in a restaurant. It makes it a little difficult if you just want walk around without eating, I guess. Like always, certain parts ALWAYS smells really bad. The Chinatown parking lot is... More 

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Muskego, Wisconsin
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45 reviews 45 reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We had a great afternoon in Chicago's Chinatown. Yes, other cities have bigger ones- we've been to NYC and Philly. Yes, there are plenty of cheesy souvenir shops, but I've found that in the other Chinatown's I've been. Go for the FOOD! We found excellent bakeries and restaurants. Dim sum is divine. Find a place highly recommended on TripAdvisor and... More 

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Evanston, Illinois
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

I have been to China town many times, its always fun going there. I love going to stores in the Chinatown we get all kind of stuff from clothes to spices. I even love the food out there. Great for taste buds and good for pocket as well :) It is easy to go there, we get Red line "L"... More 

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Miami, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We've been very disapointed by the location. There is barely one street which is a bit typical with cheaps items to sell and "restaurant". Nothing to do with New York or San Francisco Chinatowns. Not really worth it a stop.

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Steps from the green line train station is a cultural neighborhood worth the visit. Restaurants offer authentic dishes, souvenir shops have something for everyone, and the atmosphere is unique. I enjoyed a quick lunch before heading back to the convention center.

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Houston, Texas, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Definitely not what I expected. Disappointed as soon as I saw it. If you're looking for cheap souvenirs, then that's the place to go. But I was ready to leave as soon as I got there and I have been to other Chinatowns .

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Chicago Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Ok here goes an HONEST review of Chinatown Chicago. ONE thing Chicago is very well known for is their Neighborhoods. Chinatown is just one of 77Remapped Neighborhoods (used to be well over 150 Neighborhoods) Anyways.... Almost all (If i had to guess i would say 85% of the Neighborhoods are awesome in their own way!) I was Born and raised... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Don't have any experience to compare it to, but we had a good time. Were only there about 2 1/2 hours and could have spent more time. It was a bit touristy but isn't that to be expected? Made several purchases - for gifts and myself. The parking was very reasonable and centrally located - could have parked for free... More 

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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.