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Chicago Chinatown, Chicago

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The cultural center of Chicago's Chinese community, Chicago Chinatown brings to life striking Chinese architecture and a diverse array of Asian-owned businesses. Much of the activity is centered around Chinatown Square, which boasts colorful shops and lively restaurants. Be sure to check out the Pui Tak Center Building, featuring green and red pagoda towers, as a fine example of traditional Chinese architecture. Ping Tom Memorial Park, inspired by classic Chinese walled gardens, offers a nice spot for a stroll. You can learn more about Chinese culture and history through some of the local artwork, including sculptures of zodiac animals and a mosaic depicting the story of Chinese immigration in the United States. Try some dim sum or a fresh fruit smoothie from one of the eateries. Use our Chicago vacation trip planner to visit Chicago Chinatown on your trip to Chicago, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 12, 2017
    I expected area to be larger. The shops we went in were all overpriced. We did have a great dinner at a dumpling house. We also took the water taxi there which was fun. Worth a visit to try the food.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Chicago's Chinatown is a bit flashy neighborhood, with less colorful and relatively more small compared to others who are in different States. Inevitable are its restaurants and typical trade where you can buy new and varied souvenirs.
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  • August 3, 2017
    We took a water taxi from Michigan Avenue to Chinatown. We had Dim Sum at Minghin. The food was delicious. After lunch we walked around the Chinatown. We found a Thai ice cream shop. The ice cream was...  more »

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