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.
If you like a cultural and authentic experience then check it out, but only for those people. If you have a week stomach DON'T COME. The whole place is dirty and smelly. The shops are all the same and filthy and you don't feel safe. The restaurant was good, but again DIRTY. So I think this is a cool place because it is different from the rest of Chicago and it's a different community. The rest of my family hated it and with the smell of fish I don't blame them. So unless you like things like this I would not recommend coming.
Chicago Chinatown is one of the must-go places to complete my Chicago trips. They have great foods, drinks (bubble tea, especially, yummmmm). Oh, did i mention they have a great selection of gift shops too.
We had a blast in China Town they were testing fireworks the night we were there. The resturants are very interesting. But do not get trapped there after dark no taxis will come down there after dark and hang on to you personnel items tightly.
We went for the food and to shop. We were warned to watch our purses and wallets by a shop owner who had to shoo away thieves as she called them. The food at the Golden Dragon is the best love to tour the little food shops and see the zodiac animals. It is what it is China Town.
I think Chicago Chinatown is the cleanest Chinatown nationwide although it's smaller compare to the big ones. There is not much to see but food is always excellent! The people from my opinion also speak better english than other Chinatowns.
Chinatown was a new experience for me. While the shops were mostly similar,.. a savy shopper with a good eye will be able to find the different stuff if you look. I wouldn't spend too much time in each store though a quick walkthrough should tell you if its the same or not. When we went last November it was clean and pretty,.. we visited a great bakery and the restaurant we chose,.. The Emperor's Choice was awesome. I will be returning in June this year for a repeat trip. To enjoy ther area go with a plan,.. smile and be friendly,.. we were treated pretty nicely everywhere we went.
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.
The red line subway stops at the Chinatown. It is very convinient. However, there is not much to see. Cheap and ordinary stuffs. The food is not any special at all. It is not worthy to visit unless you do not have a big Chinese community at your town.
I liked walking through Chinatown... a different expirience. My local city doesn't have a Chinatown so it was a nice visit. Smaller than I thought it'd be though...only a few blocks, but found great buys and good Chinese food :)
Chinatown is right off the Redline (Chicago's transit system) so it's very easy to find. This is a great area to have lunch in the middle of the week because it's not croweded. But choose your resturant wisely!
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