Favorite thing: We usually go to the Chinatown in Chicago to do two things: shop for groceries and have lunch. And nothing more. There's nothing really too exciting to see here (compared to Chinatowns such as in San Francisco and Vancouver). There's a good selection of restaurants in Chinatown, and the prices are all not very expensive. There are great restaurants in the new part of Chinatown along Archer Ave.
Favorite thing: Like many other cities outside of the motherland Chicago also has a 'Chinatown'. If you have ever been to it's namesakes in San Francisco and/or London then don't be too disappointed.... Chicago's Chinatown is quite different. Much smaller and with less of that typical Chinese architecture I found it to be a bit disappointing but nonetheless it is nice to go for dim-sum or, like I did, watch the Chinese New Year parade (see picture).
I think that the most fun in Chicago is exploring the diverse neighborhoods.
Located along Clark between Foster and Bryn Mawr, this old Swedish neighborhood has many small, upstart boutiques, fitness clubs, and specialty stores as well as the old-time Swedish deli's and restaurants. The Swedes are gone but the Swedish American Museum, deli, restaurants, and bakery are still here. It's an open, progressive, but relaxed neighborhood
SWEDISH BAKERY, 5348 N. Clark (773)
BUCKTOWN is located between North and Fullerton avenues and from Kennedy and Western Avenues. There are many small neighborhood bars, late-night clubs, and restaurants. It used to be a Polish neighborhood and now is a renovated place where Yuppies live and real estate is high priced.
CHINATOWN REAL ESTATE
This area used to be Italian and Croation, but since the first part of the 1900's, it's predominately Chinese. The entrance to Chinatown's oldest section is depicted by the Chinatown Gateway. Great food, unique boutiques with imports, and tea shops abound in this colorful neighborhood.
It encompasses the area from Michigan Avenue west to LaSalle Street and North Avenue south to Chicago Avenue. The name describes the are's wealth. It's one the oldest areas in Chicago (1882)
This area has some of the best and most expensive shopping and restaurants.
THE MAGNIFICENT MILE, WATER TOWER PUMP HOUSE, OAK STREET BEACH all are located here.
The heart of Chicago's North Side includes the shopping along Clark Street, the Zoo, the park, restaurants galore and more bars for the population than any other neighborhood.
It's a young, lively neighborhood. Its over poulate and congested but still a preferred place to live.
Fondest memory: CLYBOURN CORRIDOR
This Corridor is that strip of land around Clybourn that extends from North up to Wrightwood. Great for loft living. Losts of new dining places and retail shops as well as dance hangouts. Once a brewery distict and industrial tracts, it is now the place where "big box" retailers are located.
It's located just northwest of the loop, and this vintage neighborhood is being redeveloped. There are lots of charming 2 and 3 flats along tree-lined streets.
Favorite thing: Chinatown centers on Cermak Road (2200 block) and Archer Avenue and extends south to Bridgeport. Its main shopping street, Wentworth Avenue is a feast for the eyes, ears, nose, palate and soul with lots of interesting shops and restaurants. Contemplate freedom of religion while watching Falun Gong exhibitions on the street and catch the Chinese New Year's parade this February 1st. The Cermak/Chinatown stop on the Red Line drops you off in the middle of the action.