Chinatown neighborhood guide

Find the best restaurants, bars, karaoke, shops and things to do with our guide to Chicago's Chinatown

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Photograph: Erica GannettMingHin is one of the best Chinese restaurants in Chicago.

Chinatown is perhaps the smallest enclave we will focus on in our series of neighborhood guides, a triangle framed by the Red Line, the river and the Stevenson Expressway totaling about 20 square blocks. But it is stuffed with culture, cuisine and things to do. From the traditional tea boutiques and dim sum parlors lining Wentworth Avenue to the video stores and candy shops importing goodies from Hong Kong in the Chinatown Square mall, Chicago's Chinatown offers more than meets the eye on a drive down Cermak Road. Water Taxis deliver tourists and adventurous Loop lunchers to the beautiful pagoda in Ping Tom Park, on the northern tip of the 'hood. The exterior of Won Kow Restaurant has changed little since it opened in 1928. Plus, a quick walk a few blocks outside the neighborhood limits brings you to spots like Reggie's Rock Club, Skylark and neighboring Bridgeport. Which makes Chinatown more than a daytime diversion, but a sleeper nightlife spot.

The best restaurants in Chinatown
Restaurants

The best restaurants in Chinatown

Cheap eats in Chinatown
Restaurants

Cheap eats in Chinatown

7 great bakeries in Chicago’s Chinatown
Restaurants

7 great bakeries in Chicago’s Chinatown

Best bars and nightlife in and around Chinatown
Bars

Best bars and nightlife in and around Chinatown

The best attractions and things to do in Chinatown
Things to do

The best attractions and things to do in Chinatown

Best shops in Chinatown

Best shops in Chinatown

Best food in Chinatown
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Best food in Chinatown

Sprawling dim sum halls, Tony Hu's regional spots, a ramen shop and more

Karaoke and nightlife
Bars

Karaoke and nightlife

If you love belting out tunes with your friends, you're in luck

7 great bakeries in Chinatown
Restaurants

7 great bakeries in Chinatown

Sweet meets savory in these top Chinatown bakeries

The best Chinatown shops
Shopping

The best Chinatown shops

Go beyond the touristy trinkets and discover jewelry, candy, booze and more

Explore more of Chinatown

Kids’ meal crawl—Chinatown
Kids

Kids’ meal crawl—Chinatown

Chicago's original Chinatown
Things to do

Chicago's original Chinatown

The New Chinatown Square
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The New Chinatown Square

Six Chinese restaurants not in Chinatown
Restaurants

Six Chinese restaurants not in Chinatown

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