Chandler Travel Guide

  • Old Town Chandler
    Old Town Chandler
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    A. J. Chandler Park
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Chandler Things to Do

  • Rowena Theater

    This building was finished in 1920 and opened as the Chandler Theater. Later it was bought by another couple who renamed it the Rowena. The theater seated 600, and is a nice example of the Mission Revival style of architecture.

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  • Price Building

    The Price Building was built in 1914 by David Jacobson, the first mayor of Chandler. It was named for Arthur E, Price, Chandler's first attorney and justice of the peace, and operated as a pharmacy for many years.

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  • McCormick Building

    The McCormick Building was built in 1928 and was an armory and the original International Organization of Odd Fellows Hall.

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  • Monroe Building

    The Monroe Building was built by the Chandler Improvement Company and named for a local merchant in 1912. The upper floor was the first home of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce.

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  • Gilbert Building

    In 1918, Dr. Kramer M. Gilbert, Chandler's first doctor, had this building built and practiced medicine here for over 30 years. On the second floor of the building was the office of Chandler's first dentist.

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  • Esber Store Building

    In 1920, Syrian immigrant Albert Esber opened a dry goods store next door to the larger and very popular Serrano's Popular Store. Esber called his store a "Bargain" store and did well.

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  • Arrow Pharmacy Building

    This building housed the Arrow Pharmacy for almost 90 years beginning in 1918. The pharmacy was run by John "Doc" Weber and had a very popular soda fountain where residents of the town would gather for soda and ice cream.

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  • See the Hotel Chandler Building

    The Hotel Chandler opened in 1914 and was a more affordable alternative to the San Marcos Hotel. The building now houses the DC Steakhouse.

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  • Sibley's Gift Shop

    There is a nice gift shop called Sibley's in old town on San Marcos Place where you can get more info about Chandler and buy gifts and postcards for the folks back home. One of the neat things is that they also have postage stamps for the cards including the ones for mailing cards to Canada and other countries overseas. The lady I talked to while I...

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  • Art in Chandler Park

    There are a few different types of art in the park, including a nice monument to the families that pioneered Chandler.

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  • Statues in Chandler Park

    There are two statues in the park: One of Dr. A. J. Chandler, who helped found the town, was the first veterinarian in Arizona and helped design and build the irrigation system that helped farmers in the area, and one of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

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  • Dr. A. J. Chandler Park

    Dr. A. J. Chandler Park straddles Arizona Avenue between Buffalo Street and Boston Street through the main part of Old Town Chandler. The park is a nice place to relax and has long been the social gathering place for old town. The Christmas Tree you see in Photo 2 is a popular tradition in the town and is constructed of tumbleweeds.

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Chandler Restaurants

  • Great But Expensive

    The DC Steakhouse is located in the old Hotel Chandler Building in Old Town Chandler. The Hotel Chandler opened in 1914 and was a more affordable alternative to the San Marcos Hotel. The menu includes steaks, chops, ribs, chicken and seafood dishes. They also have a nice wine list. Food and service is fine but don't forget your wallet as it is not...

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  • Good Texas BBQ

    When I asked about dinner, the desk clerk at the Fairfield recommended Rudy's. The menu here is varied and includes things like Texas smoked sausage, brisket, ribs, turkey, and chicken. Service was pretty good as was my sandwich. Hours are 7 AM to 10 PM Monday through Thursday and 7 AM to 10:30 PM Friday through Sunday. Try the Porkloin Sandwich...

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  • Decent Chain Restaurant

    $11 as of January 2013. I like trying new places, especially ethnic restaurants, but sometimes it is also nice to return to an old standard. Someplace where you know what to expect. Denny's is one of those places for me. I like their Tilapia (either Ranchero or grilled) and that is what I opted for here. The food was about what I expected and the...

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  • Chambord Margaritas?Outstanding Food?

    Tostada Bites for an Appetizer which consists of a bite sized sesame tostada topped with guacamole,splash of salsa and a grilled shrimp! Salads to die for,steaks,seafood,vegetarian dishes! When you see a small round table with 6 professional football players sitting around it sipping on their "Chamboard Margaritas",you know it's a GOOD THING"!!!...

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  • THE Best Food I Have EVER Eaten in My...

    Honestly, the first time I ever ate here I said to myself before I even finished the salad bar, "This is the BEST food I have EVER eaten in my LIFE!" I swear! And the main dining experience only confirmed that...in spades! I have eaten here many times since, and have never had cause to revise my opinion. My wife and my in-laws, who are the only...

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  • Filipino Barrio Fiesta in Chandler, AZ

    This restaurant tip is for my fellow-Filipinos on VT and those interested in Filipino food!Barrio Fiesta has been serving favorite Filipino dishes since I was a small child in Manila. There are branches here in America and one is in Chandler, Arizona.They do serve roasted pig (also known as lechon), but my favorite is the crispy pata. I was...

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  • Filipino Fast Food in Chandler, AZ

    If you are curious about Filipino food, craving for Filipino food, or just hungry --- then head off to this little fast food joint in Chandler, Arizona! For just about $14, I could not believe how much food we got! We got the noddles called pansit, and two entrees with the rice (beef steak and roasted pork "lechon paksiw")...Really an affordable...

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  • Happy Hour

    Very convenient location, in Chandler Fashion Center. This is a popular hang-out place. They serve good 'pulutan' (food you take with drinks) like sushi, pizza. Good crowd and atmosphere. Margarita

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  • Chinese Buffet

    Hong Kong Buffer is popular because of the variety, and the food is really good. They have Chinese food, steaks, salads, sushi bar, desserts - eat all you can! If I remember it right, it's $12+tax for lunch and $15+tax for dinner.

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Chandler Nightlife

  • Bourbon or a Meal

    Bourbon Jacks advertises itself as an "urban country restaurant". I guess it does okay at that. The menu shows touches of the south; but not as much as the bourbon. Live music five nights a week. Happy hour 4 PM to 7 PM Monday through Friday and Reverse Happy Hour Saturday and Sunday 10 PM to 2 AM. I recommend this place more as a bar than a...

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  • Nice Winery and Bistro

    I was already full by the time I saw Kokopelli's, so I did not eat here. The food looked and smelled good. You might want to consider Kokopelli's over other bars (or in addition) if you want wine vice beer. Kokopelli's is located in the old First National Bank Building built in 1918 using the Neo Classical style of architecture.

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  • Great Bar Big Selection of Beers Part 2

    I especially liked the signs showing the wit and wisdom of being Irish, the old photo of Ronald Reagan and the tribute to Pat Tillman who gave up a lucrative pro football career with the Arizona cardinals to serve in the U. S. Marine Corps and ended up dying for his country.

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Chandler Shopping

  • Wholefoods

    If you have never visited wholefoods this is a great food shop but if you do a full shop it will be expensive. Great foods, ranging from organic, to specialized shopping eg gluten free or any other special diet.Kids can join the kids club and get a free snack every time they go into the store.They also have special events for kids and for adults...

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  • Downtown Chandler Thursdays

    Downtown Chandler has its very own farmers market on a Thursday afternoon from 3pm-7pm. There is talk this will change in the height of summer. We love this place, if you have been there and not been lately it is worth a revisit has it has really grown in recent months. On one side there are the food vendors which includes fresh produce (including...

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Chandler Local Customs

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    by DarleneCMF Written Feb 27, 2006

    Chandler is the only place I've traveled to in the US where there are regular garage sales. You can just drive around during the weekend (more on Saturdays than Sundays) and follow the signs put up by the people having the garage sales.

    My best buys would be 9 books from just one house at 50 cents each, a new Samsonite luggage for $30, and a friend bought a well-conditioned mountain bike for $65. There are a lot of interesting stuff you can buy. :)

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Chandler Warnings and Dangers

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    by DarleneCMF Written Jun 22, 2006

    Sandstorms can occur suddenly, without warning. If you are driving, find a safe spot where you can park for the meantime. Low visibility can make driving difficult and dangerous. If you're outdoors, find cover.

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  • Special Events in Old Town

    Chandler has an Art Walk the third Friday of each month from 6 PM to 10 PM and a Farmer's Market every Thursday from 3 PM to 7 PM. The Farmer's Market is held in Dr. A. J. Chandler Park and the Art Walk starts there.

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  • Chandler, the City

    Chandler is a city of about 240,000 located in the East Valley; just east of Phoenix. Like most places in the valley the population here has exploded since 1950. Chandler was established in 1912 and was named after Dr. A. J. Chandler, who helped found the town, was the first veterinarian in Arizona and helped design and build the irrigation system...

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  • Chandler: Named after a veterinarian!

    Dr. Alexander J. Chandler first came to Arizona in 1887 as the first territorial veterinary surgeon. Interested in ranching and land development, he accumulated 18,000 acres of land south of the town of Mesa.He develpoped irrigation techniques in the area, and played a large role in getting the Roosevelt Dam funded and constructed. Farmers in the...

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