Located just off the Cermak red line stop, Chinatown, tucked away in the South-Loop of Chicago, is a small but tight-knit community, offering a lavish display of culture and art. While much of this can be said for the Chinatowns existing all across the world, from New York to France to Peru to Australia, Chicago’s representation of China and Chinese culture stands on its own, and is notable for being the second largest Chinatown in the USA.
With so many great places to eat in Chinatown, it’s hard to narrow down your options to just one place. At Cai, a dim sum restaurant in Chinatown, you’re seated in a room that has an elegant banquet-room vibe, complete with chandeliers hanging high above. It’s affordable, with a menu that ranges from traditional dim sum to seafood, and with all sorts of rarities that are sure to appease even the pickiest eater. At Golden Bull Restaurant, there are the more traditional Cantonese dining options. The menu is 14 pages, and each item looks equally appetizing. It’s hard to go wrong! Emperor’s Choice Restaurant is a much more intimate option, with a low-key and personal feel — a plus on overcrowded Chinatown days. Regardless of the occasion or the sophistication of your taste buds, Chinatown has something for you.
The annual The Chinese Lunar New Year Parade always serves as a great chance to celebrate the rich heritage of the Chinese culture; this year, it takes place on February 22nd. Between marching bands, floats, dragon and lion dancers, and a 100-foot dragon, the Chinese Lunar New Year Parade has just about everything you could hope for in a traditional Chinese parade. It is as authentic as you can get without actually being in China.
By Andrew Buss