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.
save your time. It's in a bad area, and the food is lousy. I think the cab driver couldnt wait to drop us off and run like he11. Really not too much to do in Chicago anyway unless you're going to spend the family fortune on the Mag Mile
We were very disappointed with our visit to Chinatown. We found the area to be run down and dirty. The people were not friendly and the food was not good. Very few shops were organized...most were just crammed with merchandise.
I AM ALSO FROM BURBANK AND LOVE CHINATOWN. I BELIEVE THE SHOPS HAVE GREAT CHARM, AND ARE AFFORDABLE. NOT EVERYONE FROM BURBANK IS TRANSPARENT. MY DAUGHTER GOES TO SCHOOL DOWNTOWN AND WE GO TO CHINATOWN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. GREAT FOOD AND GREAT PRICES.
My husband and I love chinese food and thought we'd have a great time in Chinatown. We did enjoy window shopping, however when it came time to eat we had a hard time finding a place with a menu in English that didn't have intestines on the menu!
I love coming here for reasonably cheap food and awsome bakeries. They are the best around and cheap as well. The bakeries provide a wide variety of buns and little cakes that are always interesting to taste. The atmosphere is awsome and welcoming by the locals that live there that have shops and even those that sell merchandise on the streets which include Chinese vegetables and even some old Chinese coins and my favorite, jade. If you go across Archer, you are able to get into the 'new' Chinatown, where it albeit cleaner, but in the end the atmosphere of the whole area is great. Visiting any time of the day and any season is a definite plus.
We were excited to go because of the reviews it got online, but after going and experiencing it for myself I wouldnt go back there again. It was just basically a long strip of just store's that had mostly the same thing in every one and restaurants! We did get some cute and cheap souveniors though,but the employees watch and follow you while your in their store to make sure your not stealing.(that was alittle awkward) We went to a restaurant called Three Happiness and we were very disappointed because that also had excellent reviews, but no one there spoke any English. It took them 10 minutes to get us menus and our drinks then another 25minutes for our food. The servers kept coming to our table asking for dim sum but no one explained what it meant since we didnt speak Chinese. We were planning on spending most of the day there, but ended up being there less than 2 hours. I was very disappointed!
Hop a cab south of the Loop. Bam! Smack dab in the middle of Chicago, Pagodas rise to welcome visitors to this Far East oasis. It's such an island unto itself that many older residents speak no English at all. Too small to rival the Chinatowns in San Francisco and New York, Chicago's version is nonetheless clean, pretty, and suffused with tasty smells.
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