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Chinatown

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Address: 318 West Cermak Ave, Chicago Il, Chicago, IL 60616
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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Chenhao03
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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Boca Raton, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the most legit Chinatown in the USA. I've been to the one in NYC, San Francisco, LA, and DC. Terrific selection of restaurants and stores with tchotchkes. I love having a meal here and then shopping. Restaurants range from holes in the wall to more upscale places.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Chicago old & new Chinatown does not disappoint. Both Chinatown are situated near each other with lots of restaurants & shops. The old Chinatown is noted by the arch (red column w/ green tiles) which serves as the entry way. The new Chinatown is noted by a plaza w/ the 12 zodiac structures. The Chinatown library sits in between both... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This area is not one of my favorite stops when in Chicago. If you've never visited it before, it is ok for a souvenir stop. Wall to wall shops selling all types of items. If you collect jade, be on the lookout for bargains...but understand the quality. Streets are somewhat dirty. Some restaurants are good but be very selective. I... More 

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Holly Springs, Georgia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I love Chinese food and we always like to try places that are not chain foods and where the locals go. The train on the red line was convenient. Moon Palace Restaurant was recommended to us by desk clerk at our hotel. Food was good ---not outstanding-waitress not friendly--first thing she said to us was "what do... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I read both good and bad reviews of Chicago's Chinatown but still decided to drag my reluctant son and husband coz I just love Chinatowns in different parts of the world. I was disappointed because there really wasn't much to it. A few restaurants, Chinese stores selling herbs, candy etc but none of the variety that NYC has to offer.... 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.