Although not one of the country's larger 'Chinatowns', the main drag on Wentworth Avenue is worth the brief side trip from ... More
Although not one of the country's larger 'Chinatowns', the main drag on Wentworth Avenue is worth the brief side trip from the Loop for the curious. You will find an assortment of shops, restaurants and butchers with skinned ducks hanging in the windows. Fueled by an influx of money from wealthy Chinese developers looking to diversify their holdings outside of Hong Kong, Chinatown is looking to expand its boundaries. A new shopping center was recently completed and Chinatown has reportedly been put on the Mayor's list of neighborhoods up for urban renewal and redevelopment.
Overal Chinatown is a very cute and clean place to visit. However its only a couple blocks long and has the same three places over and over again. You can go shopping for something you can buy at the dollar store. But why bother going all the way out there for that. They did have a store with some nice furniture pieces. However the rest of the stores are bakeries and eating establishments. Now I'm sure they had delicious food but I had already ate. So I would say unless your going to eat..don't waste your time. Cause there is nothing to do...of course maybe its better when they have a festival. At least theres would be something to look at.
Our experience in Chinatown was cut short due to a dishonest metermaid. We parked and put 2 hours on our meter and when we came back an hour and twenty minutes later we had a ticket on our car saying our meter expired, but the meter still had 40 minutes left! We went into the business where we parked in front of and the worker said she noticed the metermaid putting the ticket on and she also had seen us when we parked so she went out & checked the meter and saw that at the time we had 1 1/2 hours left!!! Long story made short, we had to write the city of Chicago and fight the ticket. After months of correspondence, they decided to drop the ticket. The experience was bad enough that we don't plan to ever go back again!
I love China Town. I'm from Wilsonville IL. My mom and I got to Chicago almost every year. She is a tax preparer and we go after peak is over. (which is coming soon;) Anyways, China town has the best shopping. Everything is really well priced. The bakerys are AMAZING!! We always leave with 4 grocery bags full of treats to take home to family and friends. Also Hoy Polo, the awesomeist store ever is tucked away there on the main drag. It is a little pricey compared to the rest of the shops, but OH the things they have in there!! The people are very friendly all around... and China Town is one of the main reasons we go to Chicago.. There is also a free parking lot right next to the main road.
I really enjoyed our trip to Chinatown in Chicago. Although it is smaller than other Chinatowns and there are fewer shops, there are some good shopping deals. Also, the streets are clean and open. The food was good and inexpensive. I would definitely return!
Definately worth a side trip, but don't plan more than an hour or two. It is just like being in China but cleaner, although the people were less friendly than when I was in China.
If you're looking for goodies to buy that are authentic, this is the place to go. Lots of good buys for stuff like clothing, purses, vases and jade. The bakerys that line Wentworth are also a great place to stop for some yummy Chinese treats. We didn't eat dinner so, I can't attest to the food.
Overall, I'm glad that I went to check it out.
Unlike its bigger counterparts in New York and San Francisco, Chicago's Chinatown is located away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, and is surprisingly clean and not as crowded. Hop onto the Red Line CTA train and come here for the cheap good traditional chinese food such as dim sum and peking duck.
Chinatown in Chicago is authentic. It is not sugar coated. It is real. Interesting. Educational. Not a 'Disney' version with piped in music on street corners.
Plan to spend some time at a leisurely pace. That's the best way to take it all in.
We rode the red line directly there which was cool for us. The atmosphere was great! The only downside was all the shops seem to have the same stuff. We enjoyed strolling around looking at the different buildings. Great experience for our kids and us!!
This is a great place to visit and should be on everyone�s list, but you need to go at the right time. Don't go here in the evening! It is very close to the projects and not recommended if you�re not familiar to the area. The best day is to go in the summer on a Sunday! Make a day of it! I get together with the girls and do Dim Sum at the Phoenix and then if I can I try to catch a Sox game after.
Now that is a great Chicago Sunday!
I waited two years to go to see Chinatown, and I wished I'd just skipped it. There are only two streets to Chinatown, lined with little shops that really don't sell much besides fish and cheap toys. There was some nice outdoor artwork, but besides that, it was very boring, and some areas just smelled horribly of fish. We spent half an hour getting there on the El, and we were done in 10 minutes! The Asian grocery stores in the suburbs are more interesting...
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