You're in for a sensory overload as soon as you step foot in this historic neighborhood. Stroll down elaborately decorated streets lined with traditional specialty shops, ornate architecture, storefronts brimming with colorful wares and souvenirs, and family-owned restaurants serving dishes you'll crave long after you return home.
The Loop by train, by car
Merchandise Mart by train, by car
Union Station by train, by car
Millennium Park by train, by car
$208,000 to $558,000
Median Sale Price:
Average $ per sq ft:
Association Fee Ranges:
$340 to $600, $225 to $420/quarter, $0, $0 to $505/mo
343 to 2497 Sq. Ft.
Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home
$149,000 to $499,000
0 to 5 Bedrooms
1 to 6 Bathrooms
1885 to 2010
Chinatown is a thriving neighborhood filled with families and children, as well as a few working professionals looking to be close to downtown Chicago.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Families and children as well as a few working professionals.
People can be seen strolling along the main streets
Going to restaurants, museums, bars, and stores, or socializing around the Chinatown Gateway, despite the fact that it is a bit crowded with limited open and green spaces. Seasonal events, such as the Chinese Lunar New Year Parade in February, attract large crowds to this wonderful neighborhood. The parade honors Chinatown's heritage and culture with floats, marching bands, and a mystical dragon.
Authentic cuisine at your fingertips.
Always visit Chinatown on an empty stomach. There are plenty of places to eat, with restaurants representing regional styles from all over China.
Although nightlife options in Chinatown are limited, you can still have a good time in the area.
Grab dinner with your significant other at one of the many restaurants on Wentworth Avenue for a low-key night. If you want to try out your singing voice in front of a crowd, go to one of the karaoke bars on Cermak Road or Wentworth Avenue. If you're looking for a well-established music scene, go to a jazz bar and sip delicious drinks while listening to live music.
The majority of homes in Chinatown are attached residences with distinctive architectural features.
Chinatown is a densely packed neighborhood where shops and restaurants coexist with condos, lofts, and townhomes. Because of the shared space between buildings, residences in busy Chinatown Square or along the shopping district on Wentworth Avenue are more crowded and noisy. Because they are away from the main shopping street, some of the side streets may be less noisy.
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Spend time by the water.
Thanks to the Water Taxi, the park is also a great place to start and end your day in Chinatown. This seasonal boat transports visitors from the Loop to Ping Tom Park, making it an easy and scenic way to get to Chinatown.
Many transportation lines cut through Chinatown. The New York Central Railroad and the Dan Ryan Expressway run along its eastern border. The Santa Fe Railroad runs parallel to the Chicago River's South Branch, which serves as its northwest boundary. Along Canal Street, the Pennsylvania Railroad runs from north to south through Chinatown. Along 26th Street, the Stevenson Expressway runs from east to west through Chinatown.
Chicago Chinatown Summer Fair
More than 40,000 people from all over the Midwest attend the neighborhood street festival. This year, fairgoers shopped from street vendors, watched performances, participated in arts and crafts, and enjoyed a fish ball eating contest.
Community members founded the Summer Fair, originally known as "Taste of Chinatown," in 1979 to expand the neighborhood's reach in Chicago and give its organizations a chance to collaborate.