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Chicago Chinatown

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Chicago Chinatown

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Small-Group Chicago Food Tour of Chinatown
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318 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616-1916
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Cermak–ChinatownChicago L5 min
Cermak–McCormick PlaceChicago L10 min
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Taylor B wrote a review Oct 2020
Chicago, Illinois6,574 contributions5,316 helpful votes
My wife and I have lived in Chicago for all of our 80 years. But, until recently, we never visited Chinatown. Now we know what we have missed. Located in the Armour Square community, along Cermak Road and Wentworth Avenue, two miles south of the Loop, Chinatown is the community hub for Chinese people, the business center for Chinese in the Midwest and a popular destination for tourists and locals. The first Chinese arrived in Chicago in 1869 via the first Transcontinental Railroad, escaping the anti-Chinese violence that had broken out on the West Coast. Chinese laundries and chop suey restaurants became popular. Chinatown was settled in 1912. Today, the second oldest settlement of Chinese in this country features a number of banks, restaurants, gift shops, dim sum spots, teahouses, shops, grocery stores, even Chinese medicine stores. Start at the Chinatown Gate over Wentworth at Cermak Road. Visit the Chinatown Square outdoor mall, learn about the history of the neighborhood at the Chinese-American Museum, visit Ping Tom Memorial Park and see the Nine-Dragon Wall, a reproduction of the 15th century mural of the same name in Beijing. Also visit Pui Tak Center, designated a Chicago Landmark in 1993, informally known as Chinatown's "City Hall." Craving for authentic Chinese food? Asian barbecue, Peking duck, soup dumplings, bubble tea, dim sum? Stop at Chiu Quon Bakery, Snack Planet, Joy Yee, Hing Kee, BBQ King House, Cai, Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings and Aji Ichiban candy store.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Missing China wrote a review Sep 2020
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After reading some not so positive reviews, we decided to head to Chinatown for lunch, (we live 4 hours away in Northern Michigan) with 2 older children and 1 medium sized dog in tow. I read complaints about the streets being dirty, the food not so good, cleanliness standards and smells not up to par, and restaurants not being dog friendly. We had low expectations and did not know what to expect because of Covid. We were pleasantly surprised to find that most places were open on Sunday (very Chinese), roast duck and bbq pig were abundant (very Chinese), people were scared of our 20 lb dog and walked far around us (again.. very Chinese) and that street vendors were selling veggies on the sidewalk (wait for it.. very Chinese)! This was an authentic experience as it felt like we were back in Shenzhen where we lived last year for 6 months. I found myself saying hello and thank you in Chinese and asking for food in Mandarin. If you want to know what China looks and smells like, go here and step into the hidden grocery store I’m the basement below the restaurant (one more time.. VERY Chinese)! We tried food at 6 different restaurants and shopped at 2 supermarkets. Even though we had a dog, we were invited to sit at an outdoor restaurant with no hesitation! No one blinked an eye, as he was very quiet and well behaved. My children were polite to the homeless people and beggars which are prevalent in Chicago and one gentleman even asked if our dog was a cattle dog (he is a mini Australian Shepherd). The people were very authentic and I enjoyed the conversations I had with children and families as I waited in line for groceries and food. Our family enjoyed a little slice of the the life we were missing in China and my son said we need to go back in a couple of weeks😉. If you are expecting a touristy place, this is not it. If you expect to go home smelling like China, this is the place for you!!!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Ryan A wrote a review Jul 2020
Dubai, United Arab Emirates622 contributions222 helpful votes
If you want some authentic Chinese food please visit Chinatown in Chicago you won't regret it. We had duck, veggies seafood all very good , check them out
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Honey wrote a review Jun 2020
Chicago, Illinois1 contribution2 helpful votes
Many things might have been closed, however, I had a great time. I would recommend bringing a friend to make it more fun for yourself. It might look a little beat down, but in my opinion, that's what makes it interesting. I would definitely come back.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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sunshinegirrrl2007 wrote a review Mar 2020
Warrensburg, Missouri2 contributions2 helpful votes
We arrived at about 8am. We wanted to check out a weapon shop but it never opened, even during expected open hours. Otherwise, it was a fun tourist site. The main strip has all the shops and restaurants. Out of respect we didn't travel too far past the main strip. The rest seemed to be housing.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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