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Chinatown

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Address: 318 W Cermak Rd, Chicago Il, Chicago, IL 60616-1916
Phone Number: 7124800060
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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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Chicago Chinatown go for the cuisine.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

(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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband always wanted to visit a Chinatown so we were both glad to see Chicago had one with easy access via the Red line... so it was a cheap and short trip to get there. However when we arrived, it was not all we expected. Somehow we thought it would be bigger but it consisted of one main street... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You have a chance to try authentic Chinese food in Chicago Chinatown. But the Chinatown in Chicago is old-fashioned and most restaurants have Southern China flavored dishes, like Cantonese or Szechuan flavor. In my opinion (just for food), the Chinatown (or shopping squares) in silicon valley towns or Houston is much better than Chicago and NYC.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Compared to San Francisco... This Chinatown is small and quiet. Take a few pictures of the garden, get some food, and keep sightseeing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great China town, lots of fantastic Chinese restaurant. If your taste buds are crying out for Chinese food, this is a good place to find and enjoy it.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

This China Town is super small and not much going on. Wish I would have know and would have saved that time for something else. The area might be busier or more interesting during a festival but not when we went. There was nothing to do but walk a little around and leave. Not worth time in my opinion, sorry.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

I've gone to Chinatown many times and enjoy each visit. Every time we discover a new nook or cranny. The park/gardens are a nice place to get away, and I enjoy the outdoor Chinese astrology statues too. The Buddhist temple is my favorite stop though, as is one of their many dim sum restaurants. I feel like the stores are... More 

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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.