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Chinatown Shopping, Dining & Entertainment

Discover a thriving cultural center brimming with satisfying restaurants, thrilling shopping and exceptional entertainment that makes you feel a world away. In Chicago's South Side, step through the Chinatown Gate and discover a district packed with popular restaurants dishing up mouthwatering noodles, soups, and Chinese baked goods, and stores stocked with souvenirs, jewelry and electronics. You won't want to miss a tour of the lush gardens at Ping Tom Memorial park, or impressive zodiac figures in Chinatown Square.


Best Shops: Giftland, Chinatown Bazaar, Chinese Champion Book & Gift, Pacific Furniture
Best Restaurants: Lao Sze Chuan, Joy Yee's Noodle Shop, Phoenix Restaurant, MingHin Cuisine, Chi Cafe, Ken Kee Restaurant, Saint's Alp Teahouse
Popular Landmarks: Chinatown Square, Chinatown Mural, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Pui Tak Center


  • Peruse the exhibits at the Chinese American Museum of Chicago
  • Admire the Chinatown Mural
  • Dine at one of the delicious Chinese restaurants
  • Shop in Chinatown Square
  • People watch in Ping Tom Memorial Park

Chinatown History

This South Side cultural district was first settled by Chicago's Chinese immigrants in 1869, when the First Transcontinental Railroad was completed. Development of the area continued with the establishment of Chinese-run businesses, banks, gift shops, grocery stores and restaurants.

Annual Events

Each year, this cultural hub plays host to some of the most thrilling events in Chicago. Experience the dazzling sights and sounds at the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade, or catch the fast-paced Dragon Boat Race for Literacy. In the summer, enjoy tasty food at the China Day Parade in October and the Autumn Moon Festival in September.


Q1: What are some of the more popular Chinatown attractions?

A1: This thriving cultural district is packed with delicious restaurants and shops, but is also home to must-see attractions like the Nine Dragon Wall and Chinese American Museum of Chicago. Snap a photo in front of the colorful Chinatown Gate, or stroll past the bronze zodiac figures in the energetic Chinatown Square.

Q2: Where can I park in Chinatown?

A2: There are two parking lots in Chinatown on Wentworth Ave. and 24th Street, across the street from Three Happiness Restaurant and the Chinatown Gate. There's also plenty of street parking, but keep in mind it's more difficult to snag these spots on the weekends.

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