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Chicago Chinatown

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Address: 318 W Cermak Rd, Chicago Il, Chicago, IL 60616-1916
Phone Number: 7124800060
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

Chicago's large Chinese neighborhood is full of popular restaurants.

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Go for the food not for the sights

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.

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Elina E
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Newburgh, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 4 weeks ago 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.

1 Thank Elina E
Covington, KY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 

1 Thank CovingtonCat
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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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Bloomington, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

If you've been to Chinatown in SF, this may be a let down. While all the signs are in Chinese, the view of the Sears Tower constantly reminds you of where you are. We bumbled into the only all Chinese restaurant (for breakfast, of all things) that is off the beaten path of tourists. The food was out of this... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

It was crowded and hot, but it was nice to be immersed in Asia without leaving the US. The shopping was great. There were a lot of Japanese and Korean items, not just Chinese.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

Tired and lifeless. .....staff at restaurant rude and nonchalant. The staff really needs to be more genuinely customer friendly than being perfunctory. Disappointed

1 Thank Weng Heng L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

I'm giving Chicago's Chinatown a 4 stars because you have to go there for the authentic cuisine and it is Chicago's Chinatown. We went for Dim Sum at Minghin Cuisine (very good). We added to the experience by taking the Chicago Water Taxi ride to Chinatown which gave us a nice water tour of the city. If you do go... More 

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Southern IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

My kids are obsessed with anything oriental so Chinatown was a must. Browsed a bunch of shops, bought some packaged food to take back home and ate ramen. I'd go here again.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016

(If you wish to see a shortened version of this review, please scroll down to the asterisks near the bottom.) When I first pictured Chicago's Chinatown, I expected a bright, bustling area filled with top quality Chinese shops. It turned out to be almost just the opposite. First of all, the people were questionable at best. There were an abundance... More 

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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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