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Interesting Place to Visit in Chicago-Chinatown

Updated on April 24, 2010

If you are looking for something to do during the weekend in Chicago, Chinatown is an interesting place to visit. I actually grew up in Chinatown in the 70's. It didn’t have much then. Now it has expanded so much. It is not quite the same. If you take Interstate 55 depending on which way you come from, you get off at Cermak Rd exit. It is right there. If you want to take the train, get off at Union Station, taking a taxi to Chinatown costs about $12. It is about 10 minute ride. You can always take the bus or the Al. There is also a water taxi that you can take from the Union Station which would bring you to Chinatown. There would be a lot of walking and shopping. Be sure to bring a backpack with a bottle of water and wear a pair of comfortable shoes. There are Chinese restaurants to cure your hunger after the walk.

Chinatown is consistent of a few blocks including Archer Avenue which is parallel to Cermak Rd. There is Wentworth which is perpendicular to Cermak Rd. Chinatown Square is a Plaza which is located on Archer Avenue. It has all kinds of stores, restaurants, a bakery, grocery stores, book stores, etc. There are Chinese restaurants mainly on Wentworth. Some are on Archer in the Chinatown Square.

Food is more than reasonable. There are different kind of cuisine such as Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, etc. If you are looking for American food, I would not recommend you to go there at all. My favorite Dim Sum Place is Shui Wah in the Chinatown Square. If you are going for dinner, I would recommend Evergreen Chinese Restaurant. It is kind of at the end of Wentworth and 24th Street. Parking can be kind of difficult but if you don’t mind paying a garage, it is not bad. They have parking boxes everywhere and be sure to pay. You do not want to get a ticket and spoil the fun.

I have a few pictures to share and hope that you find this helpful. Please share your experience with me.

three China men sweeping the street-courtesy of my friend, Mary Wilson
three China men sweeping the street-courtesy of my friend, Mary Wilson
Water Taxi-courtesy of my friend, Mary Wilson
Water Taxi-courtesy of my friend, Mary Wilson
Chinatown-courtesy of my friend, Mary Wilson
Chinatown-courtesy of my friend, Mary Wilson
This is a very good Dim Sum place in Chinatown Square on Archer Ave.
This is a very good Dim Sum place in Chinatown Square on Archer Ave.
a Vietnamese Noodle place on Wentworth
a Vietnamese Noodle place on Wentworth
Spring Rolls
Spring Rolls
BBQ Pork,Ribs, Chicken, Roast Duck,yummy!
BBQ Pork,Ribs, Chicken, Roast Duck,yummy!
an artsy place to visit on Wentworth
an artsy place to visit on Wentworth
a hot spot for the young crowd-If you want to get Bubble Tea, Smoothie, or Sushi; this will be the place for you!
a hot spot for the young crowd-If you want to get Bubble Tea, Smoothie, or Sushi; this will be the place for you!
Inside of Chinatown Square
Inside of Chinatown Square
Cheongsam-Chinese Dress
Cheongsam-Chinese Dress
Display at a gift shop window-I thought this was interesting.
Display at a gift shop window-I thought this was interesting.
Sushi display
Sushi display
Hungry for Sushi yet?
Hungry for Sushi yet?
More Dim Sum
More Dim Sum
Historical building-courtesy of my friend, Mary Wilson
Historical building-courtesy of my friend, Mary Wilson
My Zodiac Sign-year of the boar
My Zodiac Sign-year of the boar
tile on a historical building
tile on a historical building
Lion Statue
Lion Statue
Decorative Dragon tile on the wall
Decorative Dragon tile on the wall
Decorative tile on the wall
Decorative tile on the wall
Decorative tile on the wall
Decorative tile on the wall
Church on Wentworth
Church on Wentworth
Phoenix Restaurant which is geared towards more for American than Chinese
Phoenix Restaurant which is geared towards more for American than Chinese
Chiu Quon Chinese Bakery
Chiu Quon Chinese Bakery
Sidewalk with Dragon design
Sidewalk with Dragon design
If you are serious about drinking tea, this is the place to stop by and get your tea leaves. Prepare to pay a lot for the quality.
If you are serious about drinking tea, this is the place to stop by and get your tea leaves. Prepare to pay a lot for the quality.

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    • tim-tim profile imageAUTHOR

      Priscilla Chan 

      7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      You are welcome, James! Yes, you should visit Chinatown. In fact, I might be there this Saturday. Thanks for stopping by.

    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for these captivating photographs. I enjoyed your article very much. I have ridden by the entrance to Chinatown several times but never stopped to investigate. The next time I am down that way I will check it out. Thanks again!

    • tim-tim profile imageAUTHOR

      Priscilla Chan 

      7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Thanks, Peg, for your help. I think I found it. I still am not sure how all that works.

    • PegCole17 profile image

      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Very lovely pictures. Makes me hungry for Chinese food. You've given some great advice here. I love the red dress too. Thanks.

    • tim-tim profile imageAUTHOR

      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Thanks,The Specialist. It is nice to visit Chinatown. It is about 2.5 hours drive for me but it is worth it! Thanks for visiting:)

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      The Specialist 

      8 years ago

      Great hub! especially the photos, the china town here in Bs As (argentina) where I live, is tiny compared to the Chicago China town, only a couple of blocks. When I can, I go to see the celebrations of the Chinese new year and to eat something too.

    • tim-tim profile imageAUTHOR

      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Thanks Michael. I think sometimes when I change the size of the photos, people tend to like them bigger. I put whatever is on my mind with the captions.

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      michael 

      8 years ago

      I love the captions under the pictures. You think of everything. I enjoy the HUBS.

    • tim-tim profile imageAUTHOR

      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Thanks jahnbar. I am sure that all Chinatown are the same, full of good food and people:) Yes, I will keep up with my photography. It is so much fun!

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      jahnbar 

      8 years ago from Ozamiz City

      Ni haw ma tim-tim?... lol. Well nice picture you got here but when i saw the BBQ Pork,Ribs, Chicken and Roast Duck picture - it reminds me the china town in Malaysia where i work before lol...

      Happy photography tim-tim and keep up the good work!

    • tim-tim profile imageAUTHOR

      Priscilla Chan 

      9 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Thanks, James. Chicago is a great place to live in. There is a lot to do there. I went to high school there but now I live in Normal. It is about 2.5 hours drive to Chinatown. I go there to visit my mom and have Dim Sum:)

    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Great photos! That dress is gorgeous.

      I grew up straight across the lake in St. Joseph, Michigan so I have spent a lot of time in Chicago. I've been to Chinatown but years ago. I enjoyed your article. Thank you!

    • tim-tim profile imageAUTHOR

      Priscilla Chan 

      9 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      I bet the Chinatown in Sydney is much bigger thn the one in Chicago. Thanks for reading my hub.

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      Paul Wallis 

      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      My second home in Sydney is Chinatown. Fabulous place to just wander around, and the food is cheap and fantastic. Not that that's had any effect on me. It's just that having discovered Chinatown I've spent the last 30 years reading everything from Journey to the West to Xinhua...

    • tim-tim profile imageAUTHOR

      Priscilla Chan 

      9 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Seven Treasures is not good any more. It is a very dirty place! Thanks for your opinion.

    • jycmba profile image

      jycmba 

      9 years ago from Los Angeles CA

      Going to school at Illinois Tech, Seven Treasures was a great late-night spot for wonton noodle soup after cramming for exams!

    • tim-tim profile imageAUTHOR

      Priscilla Chan 

      9 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Thanks for the compliment. You need to go to Chinatown. It is an awesome place to go. Food is more than resonable! I think in fact, it is a lot cheaper than American food. Hope you will visit. Let me know how it goes. Remember where to go for the best Dim Sum:)

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      GoldiString 

      9 years ago

      Nice pics, I am in Illinois. I have not been to those places in your pics. Right now, i am hungry for a dimsum.

    • tim-tim profile imageAUTHOR

      Priscilla Chan 

      9 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Thanks. I bet we were neighbors.

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      hubby7 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      I, too, grew up in Chicago in the '70's but on the Southside. I have been to Chinatown several times. I went there to dine and watch the Chinese New Year with the Dragon. It is indeed a nice place to visit both for Chicagoans and tourists alike.

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