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Visiting Chinatown

by Matt B on September 4th, 2007

On Sunday, my friend and I decided to get out of the house and enjoy the great weather that had come upon Chicago this weekend. We drove down to Chinatown, a South Side neighborhood that is centered on Cermak and Wentworth Avenues. This unique community hub is home to a number of banks, gift shops, medicine stores, restaurants, bakeries, and grocery stores. For decades, Chinatown has been a popular destination for both tourists and locals alike.

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A beautiful gate greets visitors with the inscription “The World Is For All”
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The buildings are landmarks of Chinese architecture.
hanzi hanzi
street signs
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The handsome characters of the Chinese language are everywhere.
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paper lanterns kimonos
And of course, there’s the shopping!

surprise boxesTo the right are a couple of “surprise boxes” that we bought while visiting several stores. They were wrapped in newspaper, so we had no idea what we were buying until we got home and opened them. What were in the “surprise boxes”? Well, you’ll just have to pick up a couple of your own when you visit Chinatown.

Photo credit: (c/o Flickr) polomex

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1 opinion for Visiting Chinatown

  • International Chicago: Asia
    May 27, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    […] to our International Tour, it's time for Asia. While many may be familiar with Chicago's Chinatown down on the South Side, there is also a New Chinatown developing and growing near the intersection […]

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