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“Not worth the trip” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Chinatown

318 West Cermak Ave, Chicago Il, Chicago, IL 60616 (Chinatown)
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Chicago City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Ranked #174 of 953 things to do in Chicago
Activities: Dining, Shopping
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Chicago's large Chinese neighborhood is full of popular restaurants.
Brooklyn, NY
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“Not worth the trip”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2009

If you are short on time, it is definitely not worth it. Chinatown is small here and the food is not amazing enough to make the trip worth it. The little park nearby is not as nice as wikitravel may say it is. Head to Lincoln park or Jackson park instead.

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“Not huge, but some interesting architecture and some good restaurants”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2009

Chicago's Chinatown does not compare to really big ones like those in Toronto or very well established ones like San Francisco's. However, it has been expanding and is worth a visit if in the area or looking for a dim sum restaurant. As with most places, the members of the Chinese diaspora here are largely from Guangdong though other provinces and Taiwan are also represented in the population.

The entrance arch and the elaborate Chinese Merchant's Association building are architectural landmarks. There is also a newly established Chinese history museum.

A more recently constructed portion, Chinatown Square, boasts a pagoda, a mosaic wall, and a set of twelve Chinese Zodiac statues -- you can have your picture taken next to a tiger, monkey, rat or whatever creature represents your birth year.

Some of the smaller and more authentic restaurants cater primarily to Chinese and it is very helpful to have a Cantonese speaker when visiting them.

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“Go for food, but skip if you're not hungry”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2007

Small, out of the way, not much to see. If you're looking
for a Chineese spot or two, go enjoy yourself. But if you're a traveler with a short time leash, go bark up another tree.

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“Good Food and small shops”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2007

If you like dim sum, this is the place to visit. We ate at the Phoenix, which is one of the most popular restaurants here. Then we walked around and visited the candy stores and small souvenir stores. There are basically two sections of Chinatown (the old part and new). The sections are only a block apart from each other. At one candy store, you can try all different types of dried plums. Also there's a small art gallery called the Hoy Poloi, which sells arts and crafts made by artists across the U.S. They had a lot of conversation pieces like abstract clocks and handmade jewelry and purses.

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