Founded to bring Chinese language and culture programs to local libraries and schools, this organization is best known for offering tours of Chinatown's attractions and restaurants. Head to the Cultural Institute's website to learn more about it's offerings, including public and private tours, as well as dumpling-making dinners and Tai Chi classes.
For most visitors, the best restaurants in Chinatown are the highlight of the neighborhood, but there's so much to see and do before (or after) your meal. Experience some of the area's culture by visiting the 12 sculptures symbolizing the Chinese zodiac in Chinatown Square or walk under the gate on Wentworth Avenue to get a closer look at the Pui Tak Center. You can also spend an afternoon in one of Chicago's most beautiful parks at Ping Tom Memorial Park, where you can kayak in the summer and admire the skyline views year round. If you're extremely lucky, you might even find a parade or celebration taking place during your visit. Don't just come for the dim sum—here are some of the best things to do in Chinatown.
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