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Chinatown Chicago Lunar New Year parade
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Chinatown in Chicago neighborhood guide

Have a dim sum feast, visit a riverside park and enjoy the rich culture of Chicago's Chinatown.

Written by
Time Out Chicago editors

Established more than a century ago within the neighborhood of Armor Square, Chicago's Chinatown is one of the oldest Chinese-American communities in the nation. Today, the area attracts visitors from throughout the city (and across the world), drawn by all of the amazing things to do, the rich culture, the best Chinese restaurants in Chicago and some of the best karaoke bars in Chicago. Take a walk through Chinatown Square Plaza and you'll spot Peking ducks hanging in windows, fancy tea houses and shops selling imported sweets. Stroll down Wentworth Avenue to walk beneath the Chinatown Gateway and grab a treat from a few of the best bakeries in Chicago. You can even catch a water taxi to Chinatown from the Chicago Riverwalk and enjoy a quick lunch before heading back to the Loop. Find your way to the neighborhood's best destinations with our guide to Chicago's Chinatown.