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Chicago Chinatown
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Chicago's large Chinese neighborhood is full of popular restaurants.
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Neighborhood: 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.
How to get there
  • Cermak–Chinatown • 5 min walk
  • Cermak–McCormick Place • 10 min walk
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3.5
616 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
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Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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mili
Chicago, IL2 contributions
Family
Not good nor bad, not many places to go to but food is delicous not only that it's kinda..poor and you don't know what might happen
Written July 29, 2022
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia14,084 contributions
Chicago Chinatown is far below the NYC's or SF's.
It's out of the main area, south from the city center and main city attractions with nothing else to do there.
The area is pretty small and not interesting - mostly small shops selling cheap trinkets and restaurants with inflated prices.
Written May 23, 2022
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James
1 contribution
Family
Chinatown was disappointing. We ate at four restaurants and had zero good meals. Greasy, salty and poorly prepared food at a premium price. We had better Chinese/Korean food in Green Bay. Chinatown Chicago thinks tourists will eat whatever crap they want to serve. That and the dirty streets/sidewalks explains the areas’ decline. Plus the $50 parking tickets to make it worse.
Dirty restaurants and rudeness to non-Asians was our experience. Panda Express has Chinatown beat so head to the local mall if you want decent Chinese food.
Written May 22, 2022
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Rachel B
Lafayette, LA2 contributions
Couples
Dylan was awesome. We had a blast. All the food was amazing and I expected to have some weird food but everything was right up our alley!!
Written March 26, 2022
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Manuel R
4 contributions
Couples
Do not pay the VIP ticket. It includes alcohol but you will just received 1 beer. Do not worth what you pay for what you receive. 2 of the restaurants were dirty. We visited 5 people restaurants.
Written October 24, 2021
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russianwulfgar
Milwaukee, WI1,480 contributions
This was the cleanest Chinatown I've been in! San Francisco and Oakland and New York are dirty and messy, but Chicago doesn't have the vendors wares spilling out into the street, animals in cages on display for people to purchase and kill, horrible smells coming from who knows where. This was pretty darn clean and orderly. We found a great vegetarian place to eat (Veggie House) and learned a little about the Chinese culture in Chicago. We took an Uber there from Michigan Avenue (big mistake, the driver didn't know where it was, his GPS put us on the expressway and passed it right up, and he charged us for his mistake) so we made sure to take the $3 train back. Should have done that in the first place!
Written July 5, 2021
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Rachel W
Detroit, MI338 contributions
Family
Chicago’s Chinatown is very different than New York’s Chinatown. The retail stores were pretty disappointing. However, we did have one if the best Chinese dinners we have ever had there. We like the section off the main strip much better.
Written June 29, 2021
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S S
13 contributions
Very cool! It was such a different landscape. Lots of cool shops to check out, very colorful murals, great architecture. U just can't get thru it in one day!
Written March 6, 2021
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Fred O. Maples
Lincoln Park, MI114 contributions
This is a very cool part of Chicago. Chinatown. Not a lot of tourists visit here from what I saw, but there is a lot to see here if you like Asian culture. A lot of different shops offering things and also some places to eat. Good area to walk around in. I recommend checking it out if you are in the area. Thank you.
Written January 20, 2021
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,720 contributions
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.
Written October 27, 2020
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