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Chicago Chinatown

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Address: 318 West Cermak Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
Phone Number: +1 712-480-0060
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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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One of the best Chinatowns in the United States

I make a habit of visiting Chinatown's and while they all are a shadow of their former selves, Chicago is part of the big 3 in my mind, including New York and San Francisco... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I make a habit of visiting Chinatown's and while they all are a shadow of their former selves, Chicago is part of the big 3 in my mind, including New York and San Francisco. Great atmosphere, Great food, great people. You should definitely visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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Navarre, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed the shops and the sights of Chinatown Chicago. There is plenty of parking and also a cta station that goes by. Mainly eatery's and shops but fun for a days outing. Can see all in a day. Would go back.

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Lombard, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

There is an old town Chinatown and a new town Chinatown both within easy walking distance of each other. Both consist primarily of gift shops, bakeries, tea shops and restaurants. We enjoyed our visit but probably won't go back anytime soon. We about saw it all in our one trip.

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Lombard, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

There is an Old Town Chinatown and a New Town China town, both of which consists primarily of gift shops, bakeries, tea shops and restaurants. We enjoyed our visit, but there is not enough to see that we'll go back anytime soon.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

There was plenty to choose from. Several restaurants we walked by were packed. One place we tried to go had a 30 minute wait. I don't remember the place we decided to eat at but it was good food! We also visited a bakery for desserts before we sat for dinner (so they don't run out of my favorite thing:... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016 via mobile

If you don't like Asian food and are not planning a meal while in Chinatown this will not be worth the trip as it is not downtown.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

Chicago's Chinatown has grown in quality enormously since 1985 when I first came to town. In those days there were one or two authentic and good Cantonese restaurants, and little else. Now there is Sichuan galore (and authentic Sichuan), even better Cantonese (Cai is my favorite), a Yunnan restaurant, one featuring Xi'an cuisine, and good Shanghai cuisine. All that is... More 

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Covington, KY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

We took a walking tour which allowed us to get our bearings. Had we not, we would probably have missed that there is a New Chinatown. The Chinatown gate at the end of Wentworth is in the original Chinatown. New Chinatown is north of that on the other side of W Cermak Rd. Old Chinatown looks similar to other Chinatowns... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

Big strange cultural district . At first i was afraid to go there but then I saw that it's not so bad.

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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.
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