This summer, enjoy a culturally immersive experience at Chicago’s South Side Chinatown. Explore the vibrant neighborhood and enjoy Szechuan, Cantonese, and even Mongolian cuisine. Here in Chinatown, dim sum, hot pot, and noodle restaurants reign supreme.
Chicago’s Chinatown is undoubtedly one of the largest Chinatowns in America. It welcomes thousands of visitors every year, and with over 65,000 residents, it’s also one of the largest neighborhoods of its type in the United States. If you’re in the neighborhood this summer, check out these amazing destinations below:
Chinese American Museum of Chicago
The Chinese American Museum has been promoting the culture and history of Midwestern Chinese-Americans since 2005. This historic museum calls the former Quong Yick Co. building its home.
Two stone lions greet everyone who visits. Currently, there are three exhibits on display, including “The Chinese Helped Build the Railroad – The Railroad Helped Build America” exhibit. The display honors the approximately 12,000 Chinese workers who completed the West Coast portion of the world’s first transcontinental railway.
Simultaneously, another exhibit, “My Chinatown: Stories From Within” highlights Chinatown’s family associations and the lives of its residents.
Ping Tom Memorial Park
What was once the site of a Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad yard is now Ping Tom Memorial Park. At just under 18 acres, it features impressive river views and Chinese landscape design elements.
During the summer months, visitors can enjoy performances, concerts, and “Movies in the Park” screenings on the lawn. The park also offers a spacious fieldhouse for public use. Inside the facility, you’ll find a gymnasium, meeting rooms, an outdoor patio, a fitness center, and a swimming pool.
Prefer to be outdoors? Take a stroll along the river paths or enjoy the summer breeze under the pagoda-style pavilion.
Joy Yee Noodles
Located in Chinatown Square, Joy Yee Noodles was the first Midwestern restaurant to offer Taiwanese-style bubble teas. You’ll find delicious milk teas here, with a variety of toppings such as tapioca crystal jelly, boba pearls, and lychee jelly.
If you’re hungry, don’t miss out on Joy Yee’s delectable offerings. The portions are large here, and they’re offered at extremely reasonable prices. Noodle fans won’t want to miss the Korean chap chae noodles, Singapore rice noodles, and Thai curry rice noodles.
Finally, try a Shabu Shabu hotpot meal on one of your visits. You’ll get a variety of thinly sliced meat, seafood, noodles, and vegetables to go with your meal. It’s an undeniably delicious meal, so take time to enjoy the experience!
All in all, Chicago’s Chinatown offers something for everyone.
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