Chinatown Tour

If you're looking to explore a unique neighborhood just south of the Loop, Chicago's Chinatown is the place for you. Centered around 22nd Street (Cermak Road) and Wentworth Avenue, Chinatown is a relatively compact area with easy access from the city. To get to Chinatown, take the CTA Red Line south to the Cermak-Chinatown stop. (The CTA Red Line is the city's main North-South rapid transit route. To catch the Red Line while in the Loop, enter the subway at various locations on State Street. Once in the subway, take a southbound 95th/Dan Ryan train. Note that the Cermak-Chinatown station is an above-ground stop, and is the first stop after emerging from the downtown subway.) Given the proximity to the downtown area, a cab ride from the Loop is also a viable alternative for reaching Chinatown. However you arrive, you will find numerous restaurants (with great dim sum), shops (which sell everything from jade, ginseng and herbs to woks, knick-knacks and Chinese fans), grocery stores, bakeries, interesting architecture and numerous locals going about their daily lives. While you certainly won't have any language problems, don't be surprised if you can't read all the signs in the store windows! (Approximate distance of walking tour: 0.75 miles.)

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