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Kids’ meal crawl—Chinatown

Tour the ’hood to make a meal your kids will love, then cap it off with a prize

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Candy at Aji Ichiban

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Candy at Aji Ichiban

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Candy at Aji Ichiban

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Trinkets at AJ Housewared and Gifts

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Joy Yee Noodles

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Joy Yee Noodles

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Taiwanese Hors D'Oeuvres Sampler at St. Alps Teahouse

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Frothy Milk Tea from St. Alps Teahouse

Photo: Erica Gannett

To start Kick off the crawl by sipping frothy milk teas at Saint’s Alp Teahouse(2131 S Archer Ave, 312-842-1886). Order up the Taiwanese hors d’oeuvres sampler ($4) to expose the kids to sweet and sticky chicken wings, deep-fried shrimp balls and tame hard-boiled
tea eggs.

Main course Food that arrives in little boats, more colors than a Crayola box and fresh fruit disguised as yummy shakes make Joy Yee’s Noodles(2159 S China Pl, 312-842-8928) the fail-safe for Chinatown eating with tykes in tow. Pan-Asian staples run the gamut from mild to mad, but even picky eaters are content with grilled chicken on vermicelli noodles topped with an egg roll ($7.50).

Dessert A kid in a candy store is universal happiness, but a kid in Aji Ichiban(2117 S China Pl, 312-328-9998) is akin to Alice falling through the rabbit hole, exposing a magical world of colorful candies sure to spark curiosity and enough samples to start the sugar rush before even dropping a dime.

Toy Trinkets abound at AJ Housewares & Gifts(2125 S China Pl, 312-567-9908), where good-luck kitty key chains can be picked up for a dollar, and corkscrew stalks of bamboo ($5–$20) make an ideal souvenir for fledgling green thumbs.

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