Chicago Chinatown Tours
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This pocket-sized neighborhood is big on flavor and character, and injects a dose of Chinese culture to Chicago’s South Side. Chinatown draws residents and tourists with its pagoda-like architecture, specialty shops, and eateries that dish up dim sum, noodles, buns, and bubble tea.
The most popular activity for most Chinatown visitors is eating; there’s a range of budget-friendly options along Wentworth Avenue. Discover Chinese delicacies that you may otherwise have missed on a food-and-walking tour, which typically include dishes such as Hong Kong-style barbecue, Cantonese dim sum, and spicy Szechuan noodles. Pick up imported Chinese herbs and traditional ingredients at local grocers, or shop for Far East-inspired trinkets at souvenir shops.
Things to Know Before You Go
- If you’re short on time, make a quick stop in Chinatown via a hop-on hop-off bus tour.
- Many restaurants can validate paid parking for up to 2 hours.
- Remove shoes before entering the Buddhist temple on Wentworth Avenue.
- There’s a Chinatown post office that’s ideally located for shipping any large purchases home.
How to Get There
Chicago's Chinatown is centered around Cermak Road and Wentworth Avenue. It’s bounded by 18th Street on the north, 23rd Street on the south, State Street on the east and the Chicago River on the west. Catch the L Red Line to Cermak-Chinatown station or take a water taxi from downtown Chicago.
When to Get There
Chinatown is especially lively during annual festivals such as Chinese New Year in January or February; the Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy in June; Chinatown Summer Fair in July; and the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival in September.
Chinese Cultural Walk
While Chinatown is best known for its food, there are a handful of cultural attractions worth visiting, too. Step inside a functional Buddhist temple on Wentworth Ave, stroll past traditional-style buildings in Ping Tom Memorial Park, and admire public art such as a column covered in spiraling dragons near Cermack and Princeton streets.
Address: Chicago, Illinois, USA
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Chicago Chinatown
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Taking safety measures
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Sample different styles and varieties of Chinese food during this gourmet walking tour of Chicago's Chinatown. Follow your local food-loving guide through one of the oldest Chinese neighborhoods in the country to taste several Chinese regional delicacies. The price of this small-group tour, limited to 12 people, includes tastings at restaurants; enough food to add up to a full lunch.
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Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Chicago Chinatown?
The best ways to experience Chicago Chinatown are:
- Historic Chicago South Side Tour with Chicago Style Pizza
- Small-Group Chicago Food Tour of Chinatown
- Chicago Architecture Boat Tour
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