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Chinatown

318 West Cermak Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616-1916
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    Andrea G
    5 Jan 05, 2014

    Stroll around Chicago's Chinatown... buy tea.. have lunch or Dim Sum...
    Yum!

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    Jen Knoedl @GogobotChicago
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    5 Jan 10, 2013

    Founded in 1983, Chinatown is a fantastic example of a culturally progressive neighborhood. Though people from all over the world visit- the locals manage to keep the energy, and vitality of the Asian culture alive with no apologies. A walk through Chinatown can be an educational history lesson on the customs of the Chinese American community.

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  • ChinatownPro 2014
    Maan @Travel Binge
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    4 Nov 27, 2013

    There will always be a chinatown in every country or large city just like in chicago however I liked the one I visited because I found authentic chinese stuff specially the herbal and medicines. Got myself some chrysanthemum authentic tea which i would usually ask my friends in china to get me. Worth the visit.

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    4 Oct 22, 2013

    The colorful corner of the city is alive with traditional festivals, the scents of exotic spices, and a cacophony of dialects emanating from busy dumpling houses and noodle shops. Whether you come for the dim sum or the dragon boat races, this is a culturally rich section of Chicago worth exploring.

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    4 Mar 19, 2013

    A great escape from the city. Its like entering China right from your back yard! Its fun to walk the streets and stop in all the little shops.

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    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    3 Nov 26, 2013

    As far as Chinatowns go, this one isn't one of the best. That said, still a nice diversion especially if you live in the city. Just don't expect NY or San Francisco.

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    3 Apr 19, 2012
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    3 May 10, 2012
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    3 Jul 16, 2014

    Very neat neighborhood of Chicago. Going there on a weekend and you are guaranteed great people watching, great food and an al around great Chinatown experience. It is a quick cab or train ride from downtown.

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    EA
    3 Jun 21, 2014

    Cool place to visit. Never been to any other Chinatown so this is all I know. There are a good amount of stores, bakeries and restaurants. Beware most stores and bakeries only take cash! The only thing I enjoy of Chinese bakery are mooncakes so I can't really say much. If you are a Kpop ( Korean pop music fan ) their is a sizeable Korean merch store owned by a nice Chinese lady. I have only eaten in three restaurants in this area. The first one was years ago and I can't remember the name. I had a Chinese take out. Horrible but cheap. I have also eaten at a newer Korean restaurant which is not bad but not authentic Korean food. The menu is limited but is one of the best places to eat around here. The third was a Viet/ Thai food down the street from the Korean restaurant. Good and cheap. The food reminded me of a Vietnamese restaurant I love in Dallas.

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    3 Mar 18, 2014

    Add Chinatown to list of places to go just to go for lunch or dinner. If your looking for lots of fun and not so inexpensive Oriental trinkets there is shop after shop. It is not a large area but is packed with many restaurants.

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    Eric T
    5 May 28, 2013

    So close to Audreys Place Chicago, you must visit even just for the scenery. Then take the water taxi from Ping Tom Park, Please check water taxi schedule they have a short season.

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    Shaina Rose
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    4 Jan 21, 2013

    Chinatown is an awesome place to explore! There are tons of little shops (although after a while, most of them are basically the same). At the little stores one can buy anything from vitamins to cute wall decals. I've found some unique stuff at the shops, like gorgeous tea sets and beautiful hand-painted posters.

    There is also an incredible amount of restaurants in the area. However, they are not all the same quality. Some are excellent, and others are risky.

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    4 Dec 06, 2012

    Great place to explore and have really authentic food. The place even has that faint gingery smell like Asia does.

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    3 Nov 25, 2012

    I like it, barely. When compared to San Francisco's Chinatown it doesn't stand a chance. But, in the midwest, it stands alone as a place for decent Chinese food and atmosphere.

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    Steve DeAngelo
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    5 Nov 23, 2012

    Chicago's Chinatown was on a par with Liverpool, England's Chinatown in terms of overall beauty.

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    5 Oct 19, 2012

    this was the very first Chinatown I ever went to and it will always hold a special place in my heart, even though back in the day when I used to go there, it was surrounded by a horrible neighborhood that reminded me of a demilitarized zone.

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    Susan Lee
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    4 Jul 12, 2012

    Chinatown is the best place to get your Chinese food fix. They have some great dim sum places, boba shops, and seafood restaurants. You can also pick up your Asian groceries while in Chinatown as well as get a haircut or pick up some Chinese DVDs. Parking can get a little difficult though, so grab a spot where you can.

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    Drew Davis
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Nothing like getting chased out of a shop with a broom for taking pictures of illegal shark fins!

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  • Chinatown
    Andrea Kelso
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    This was a great way to spend an afternoon. The shops are really neat and my teenage daughter loved it! Great experience.

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Chinatowns throughout the world tend to have rather itinerant histories. Chicago’s is no exception. In 1890, it was situated along Clark between Van Buren and Harrison Streets. By 1910, it settled in its current locale near Cermak Road and Wentworth Avenue, but has expanded over the years. Today, the colorful corner of the city is alive with traditional festivals, the scents of exotic spices from ... read more
vendors, and a cacophony of dialects emanating from busy dumpling houses and noodle shops. Whether you come for the dim sum or the dragon boat races, this is a culturally rich section of Chicago worth exploring.

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